The Great Gatsby

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Penguin, 2008 - Antiheroes - 187 pages
1495 Reviews
F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby brilliantly captures the disillusion of a society obsessed with wealth and status. Young, handsome and fabulously rich, Jay Gatsby appears to have it all, yet he yearns for the one thing that will always be out of his reach, the absence of which renders his life of glittering parties and bright young things ultimately hollow. Gatsby's tragic pursuit of his dream is often cited as the Great American Novel.

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Great prose & storytelling...beautiful words! - Goodreads
The plot itself is also weak and pacing is difficult. - Goodreads
I appreciated the eloquent writing of Mr. Fitzgerald. - Goodreads
A wonderful depiction of a post World War One America. - Goodreads
The ending totally threw me off guard. - Goodreads
the purest love story ever.. - Goodreads

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The Great Gatsby is about a man named Nick Carraway, a neighbor to Jay Gatsby, an extremely rich man who constantly throws parties at his gigantic home. He has a passionate love for a girl named Daisy ... Read full review

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The novel's events are filtered through the consciousness of its narrator, Nick Carraway, a young Yale graduate, who is both a part of and separate from the world he describes. Upon moving to New York ... Read full review

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About the author (2008)

F. Scott Fitzgerald was born in 1896 in St Paul, Minnesota, and went to Princeton University, which he left in 1917 to join the army. He was said to have epitomized the Jazz Age, which he himself defined as 'a generation grown up to find all Gods dead, all wars fought, all faiths in man shaken'. In 1920 he married Zelda Sayre. Their traumatic marriage and her subsequent breakdowns became the leading influence on his writing. Among his publications were five novels, This Side of Paradise, The Great Gatsby, The Beautiful and the Damned, Tender is the Night and The Last Tycoon (his last and unfinished work); six volumes of short stories and The Crack Up, a selection of autobiographical pieces.

Fitzgerald died suddenly in 1940. After his death The New York Times said of him that 'He was better than he knew, for in fact and in the literary sense he invented a 'generation'. . . he might have interpreted and even guided them, as in their midle years they saw a different and nobler freedom threatened with destruction.'

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