The Great Gatsby

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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 - F. Scott Fitzgerald Reviews

  • Great

    By Flash2Fly
    5
    Amazing book
  • The Truth About James Gatz

    By Angela Tampol
    5
    "Gatsby believed in the green light, the orgastic future that year by year recedes before us. It eluded us then, but that's no matter—tomorrow we will run faster, stretch out our arms farther.... and one fine morning— So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past." - Nick Carraway (Narrator of F. Scott Fitzgerald's "The Great Gatsby") An amazing story about money, power, obsession, and tragedy. Fitzgerald's Jay Gatsby, or James Gatz, teaches us about the craziness in love and light—that having hope is something worth dying for.
  • Forced to read

    By djjshdjkekwisijsjsbeb hi
    5
    School major grade hate the book but it's not all bad
  • Truly magnificent

    By Gibi2xb
    5
    You can almost smell, hear and feel the narrator's dwellings. My feelings were all over the place
  • One Of The Truly Great Books

    By mfreel
    5
    It is impossible to capture in this short space what The Great Gatsby really means. It is, always has been, and will remain, one of the truly great books ever written. Along with To Kill A Mockingbird, it is the defining American novel. It captures the constant allure and often tainted reward of our ambition and exploration. Our discovery of this continent and its vast expanse pushed us westward to civilize and inhabit new, unspoiled and innocent places. But then brave and naive souls among us, like Gatsby, and even Nick, came back East to capture the original allure. Gatsby came seeking to remake himself in the image of the young continent's unbridled success. He yearned for the light at the end of Daisy's dock just as the explorers of old had coveted the promise of the new land they had found. But when he captured it -- briefly realized his dream -- it killed him. In death, he discovered the true loneliness and brutality of it all. Reading this book will stay with you forever -- as I can see that it will with my teenage daughter who just read it for the first time. It remains our great story.
  • Boring

    By VioletIncreidible
    1
    I hated it. It was extremely boring to me.
  • Unsatisfying

    By Edgar Allan No
    4
    I'm not at all happy with the ending. Nevertheless, a beautiful piece of American literature. ❤️
  • Great book

    By Mohammad3465
    5
    Great book
  • Gatsby gets shot by George Wilson and dies!!!!!

    By Seth3011
    5
    Spoiler alert
  • Amazing

    By Laylonixoxo
    5
    This is one of the greatest books I've ever read

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