The Great Gatsby

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Penguin, 2008 - Antiheroes - 187 pages
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F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsbybrilliantly 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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I have this thing for short novels, where everything's written in impossibly beautiful language, that have bittersweet endings. It is all because of this book. I was all prepared to hate it, and then ... Read full review

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This book is artificially bittersweet; the conversations, the characters, the events, the parties, the love and pain of it all seems to have a dreamlike quality. I'm still not sure what I love so ... 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 Nightand 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 Timessaid 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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