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User Review  - Darwa - LibraryThing

I did not read this in high school and after reading about Hemingway and his time in Paris, I wanted to read some of the classics from other authors in the first half of the last century. I enjoyed this much more than most of the classics I read in High School! Read full review

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User Review  - engpunk77 - LibraryThing

Loved it in high school, and loved it significantly more in college. In college, I read it on my own during Spring Break and thought to myself, "How could I have understood all of this in 11th grade ... Read full review

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User Review  - kjn5579 - LibraryThing

*BOOM!!* ...In my next life, I'm a total FLAPPER! ...I didn't appreciate FSF in HS (after all, it was *homework* Ugh), I'm so glad I revisited. :D sn: Luhrmann better not &*$% ish Up. Read full review

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User Review  - jmoncton - LibraryThing

Like every other student in the US, I read this book in high school. I don't really remember my impressions from that time, but I don't think it rocked my world that significantly. I recently reread ... Read full review

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User Review  - Sydneyp.b1 - LibraryThing

The Great Gatsby takes place in 1922 in the state of New York. The story is narrated by a man of the name Nick Carraway, who moves to the city for the bond business. Carraway meets up with his past ... Read full review

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Definitely a classic and always will be a classic. And for good reason. As a sophomore in high school, this book did not keep my attention. As a college student, I enjoyed reading it way more.

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"The Great Gatsby" is a novel written by F. Scott Fitzgerald. It takes place during the time period of the 1920s where everyone was trying to just get away with doing what they want and how they want it. This was the decline of the American Dream during that time. There were no social or moral values and there was a constant empty pursuit of pleasure. The major aim of this book is focused on the American Dream. Can you get what you want?
The main characters, Tom and Daisy, as well as George and Myrtle live in the Valley of Ashes. They have somewhat of a sad and pathetic life. They don't really love each other anymore. They are all having affairs and not being faithful to one another. George and Myrtle don’t really have a way to get what they want. They are poor; their lives are at a dead end. It makes sense for the both of them to die because they don’t really have anything to live for. Myrtle was not happy and George was not happy without Myrtle. Jay Gatsby, he couldn’t ever get what he wanted because he was constantly striving to retrieve the impossible. He had this dream of being with Daisy who was already married to Tom. The idea that you are everything from your past made Gatsby go back and be with Daisy. She did love Tom at some point and had a child with him which you cannot take away. What Gatsby wanted her to say was that she never loved Tom and always wanted to be with him. But for all the bad things that Gatsby does, you still respect because he's a good person at heart .Even though Gatsby felt that he should have Daisy even though it was impossible for her to be with him, he never gave up on his dream. He confronted Tom and thought that he and Daisy can be together. Myrtle also couldn't ever get what she wanted from George or Tom because of the fact that they were both dysfunctional which led to the death of Myrtle.
The last line in the book mentions "So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past". We learn that You can’t go back and erase things. You have to deal with what you have now and become the best you can be.
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User Review  - symrian1234 - LibraryThing

Magnificent wordsmithing. Characters were distinctive but the plot was a bit weak. Read full review

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User Review  - idiotgirl - LibraryThing

Listened as I drove back to Washington from California. Read full review


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