The Great Gatsby
The exemplary novel of the Jazz Age, F. Scott Fitzgeralds' third book, The Great Gatsby (1925), stands as the supreme achievement of his career. T. S. Eliot read it three times and saw it as the "first step" American fiction had taken since Henry James; H. L. Mencken praised "the charm and beauty of the writing," as well as Fitzgerald's sharp social sense; and Thomas Wolfe hailed it as Fitzgerald's "best work" thus far. The story of the fabulously wealthy Jay Gatsby and his love for the beautiful Daisy Buchanan, of lavish parties on Long Island at a time when, The New York Times remarked, "gin was the national drink and sex the national obsession," it is an exquisitely crafted tale of America in the 1920s that resonates with the power of myth. A novel of lyrical beauty yet brutal realism, of magic, romance, and mysticism, The Great Gatsby is one of the great classics of twentieth-century literature.
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The Great Gatsby is cultured novel. The novel's setting is placed in New York in the 1920's. Fitzgerald brilliantly crafted his work to unerringly display the time period through characterization and description. Many elements of literature appear throughout the novel. For example, metaphors and similes are used frequently. On the outside, this novel seems to be about a passionate love story of a Capulet and a Montague, but underneath is a story of social and personal corruption. I highly suggest this scintillating piece of literature to all ages for an insightful read.
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Great read especailly as I haven't watched the dvd. Read full review
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