The Great GatsbyF. Scott Fitzgerald

The Great Gatsby

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The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald Book Summary

The only authorized edition of the twentieth-century classic, featuring F. Scott Fitzgerald’s final revisions, a foreword by his granddaughter, and a new introduction by National Book Award winner Jesmyn Ward.

The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald’s third book, stands as the supreme achievement of his career. First published in 1925, this quintessential novel of the Jazz Age has been acclaimed by generations of readers. The story of the mysteriously 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 noted “gin was the national drink and sex the national obsession,” it is an exquisitely crafted tale of America in the 1920s.

The Great Gatsby (F. Scott Fitzgerald) Book Reviews

A romantic read of a 20s dramaI’m in love with this book. I’ve read it twice. The characters are unique and intriguing. The book inspires hope and lust for tomorrow by using the romances and cliches of the 20s. This is a good book for a gift or for travel. A must read..Score: 5/5

Gatsby gets shot by George Wilson and dies!!!!!Spoiler alert.Score: 5/5

Awful and overrated.This book has no reason to have the status that is gained over the years. The Great Gatsby uses lazy plot elements to advance the story, and lacks character depth. The most obvious part is when they take each other’s car for the drive. Why did they do that? There is no rational reason to do that. They only did it so the mechanic would mistakenly kill Gatsby in the end. Why does Tom and Jay hang out if Tom hates him? Why would you invite someone to your house if you don’t like them, then sit them next to your wife? Even though it’s obvious that he likes her. None of the main characters are likable in anyway expect for Nick. They are just swallow people that you hope twist their ankles. I understand we’re aren’t suppose to relate to them because of their status, but you just don’t care for anyone of them. Why should we feel bad for J? Because he can’t be with the women he loves? Why does even deserve her in the first place? Also, why doesn’t she leave if Tom cheats on her? She is portrayed as a the spoiled woman archetype with no depth. The Great Gatsby is just awful. Unlike other books I don’t like, I can understand why they are famous, but the Great Gatsby is just awful. Half the book is plot holes with unbearable characters..Score: 1/5

Perfect for beginnersGreat book. Give it a try. At just a dollar the value can’t get any better..Score: 5/5

Fitzgerald Classic BookGreat classic! I read this book years ago and it was just as exciting to read as I felt the first time.Score: 5/5

Objectively Flawed.Being familiar with storytelling myself, quite a few major if not fatal flaws stood out when reading this. I understand why this story has such cultural significance in the United States, but it doesn’t hide the fact many decisions Fitzgerald made plagued what could’ve been a great dramaztion of his own life. Telling the story from Nick’s perspective is by far one of the weakest ways of telling this story. Nick’s perspective only makes the intentions of every other character needlessly abscured. Imagine how tense and dramatic the story could be from the perspective of Daisy or Tom. Nick’s naive character doesn’t add much at all to the dynamics and themes of James Gatz, Tom, or Daisy. In addition, Gatsby’s mysterious aura is vastly overplayed. His inter-personal relations don’t shine with the same lush emotions that Scott possessed and could have implemented from his own life and his troubled marriage with Zelda. There were so many things the story could’ve done better for the sake of telling what could’ve been a heartbreaking yet sober battle of lust and materialism. Ultimately, The Great Gatsby is a disappointingly flat story..Score: 2/5

I’m not going home ttomorrow was a goodI’ll pick it all over the house and I’ll call him Tomorrow morning or later on that day I just want you guys and I’ll be happy for.Score: 5/5

Bad :/Nicks perspective is the worst way to tell the story.Score: 1/5

Very good.A great read. Enjoyable enough to read more than once..Score: 4/5

An American classic. Astounding book.You can not put this book down!! Really gives the reader a glimpse into the life of the mysterious, yet great Gatsby..Score: 5/5

Forced to read this in schoolOne of my favorite books we read in high school English class. Highly recommend this classic..Score: 5/5

The tragic story of a man that dared to rise above his classReading this book as an adult was something else. The nuances that you miss when you read as someone that hasn't been hurt or seen more of the world are glaringly apparent as a more experienced reader. Narrating the legend of a man that dared to rise above his class with whatever he could in order to impress a vapid socialite is heartbreaking. As it's been since the beginning of time, the rich really do get away with murder. The part of the novel I never understood is why no one, not even Myrtle's sister, ever outed Tom as the person having an affair with her sister. Nick never told his cousin who her husband's mistress was nor did he ever mention to Gatsby. The injustice of it all was a hard pill to swallow while reading this novel because Mystle's death needed to be resolved, at least for me, and justice be served. By Nick sharing the story later on or at least telling someone about it. But I guess the justice of this is that Daisy got the husband she deserved, a cheating, vapid man, that will continue to lie and cheat on her until death..Score: 4/5

UnsatisfyingI'm not at all happy with the ending. Nevertheless, a beautiful piece of American literature. ❤️.Score: 4/5

PerfectionA literary classic with such eloquent words. You feel the raw emotion. My absolute favorite book ✨.Score: 5/5

ExcellentBeautiful story of love, life and New York.Score: 5/5

A bit overrated, I think.I haven't read many "American classics" so this might be affecting my opinion here, but I have read much better and older books that cover the same topics 'The Great Gatsby' does whilst doing a better job at arresting my attention. I guess if you are entirely ignorant to the era in which this novel takes place it may be an enlightening read, but if you are already somewhat familiar beforehand (like myself) then this book has little to offer. 'The Great Gatsby' does NOT do a notable job of showing the dichotomy between the upper and lower class of this period; it only offers a narrow insight into the lives of some well-to-do citizens (and lets be honest; spoiled, rich people act the same regardless of the decade, or century). The nouveau riche gentleman that this book focuses on is interesting—though at times made boring by the narrator's own fickle disinterest. To describe this title in one word, I choose the word staid. 3 Stars. I don't normally do reviews but I was planning to spend my apple credit on a purchase today, only to be told I had insufficient funds. It was then that I was reminded of this purchase—which I had already completely forgotten about within 3 days apparently. I wish I could have my ten dollars back..Score: 3/5

The Great GatsbyThis is one of the absolute best books I have ever read, I have read it six or seven times and it still thrills me every time I read it. Absolutely astonishing..Score: 5/5

The green lightI was 12 when I first read it and I fell in love with it though I couldn't fully understand it. After reading it once more and seeing a beautifully designed visual from Baz Luhrmann I was able to full digest every word that Fitzgerald was trying to say. And though it may have been written way before our time I still feel some of the themes can relate to our society. Absolutely a classic for the past present and future ages!.Score: 5/5

The Great GatsbyIt was aight, write a version with gucci in it.Score: 3/5

Forced to readSchool major grade hate the book but it's not all bad.Score: 5/5

One Of The ClassicsLoved it.Score: 5/5

BoringI hated it. It was extremely boring to me..Score: 1/5

ClassicWho doesn’t love The Great Gatsby? The language at first was a tad difficult to understand but once you get into the story you can’t put the book down. It fills you up with emotions..Score: 5/5

AP Lang & CompAbout to read this in my English class, can’t wait! I’ve heard nothing but good things. Never seen the movie, so I’ll have no prerequisites going in! (:.Score: 5/5

High School CurriculumRead this for English and let me tell you, the language of the book was quite hard to understand at certain parts. I don't understand how this became a classic either, it's just meh. The story/plot is great. I absolutely love the idea. The fact of the matter is that it could have been executed much better. All in all, only read it if you absolutely have to. If you don't need to, I'm sure one of the movies will do a good enough job..Score: 3/5

A very captivating storyI probably put 5 stars on everything but this one really deserved it..Score: 5/5

GoodI loved it.Score: 5/5

Great GapsbyTi7rt.Score: 5/5

This book is terribleIt is extremely hard to read. The story is choppy and hard to follow and none of the characters are likable at all..Score: 1/5

The Great GatsbyI love the language used by F. Scott Fitzgerald to describe anything and everything. Great read, the characters must be looked at with unjudgemental eyes..Score: 5/5

The Truth About James Gatz"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..Score: 5/5

One of the Very BestTerrific.Score: 5/5

One of My FavoritesWhy had I not read this before? It’s a great story. It’s easy to read. It moves along at a jaunty pace. And it has great interplay between its characters. I can see why it’s a classic..Score: 5/5

GreatAmazing book.Score: 5/5

LOVE IT!!I read the book for my English class, and then I discovered I loved the book and the movie. I don't like to read the book but this one I actually enjoyed while I was riding and then I saw the movie I had to buy one for myself as well, is a great story. it was the perfect story to read and one of my favourites book in High school ( funny thing i dont read books).Score: 5/5

ErrorsThere were many grammatical errors and mistakes that made it a little confusing..Score: 4/5

Great bookGreat book.Score: 5/5

BoringBoring.Score: 1/5

Ok bookWas a good read till myrtle died 😥😥😥😥😥.Score: 5/5

Greatest Book I have ever read. Pure frickin greatnessYuh.Score: 1/5

One of the best books that ever was and ever will be.Incredible characters & really a timeless classic!.Score: 5/5

AmazingI saw the movie.Score: 5/5

One Of The Truly Great BooksIt 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..Score: 5/5

Awesome!!Best book ever! I really recommend this novel to everyone. It's a one of a kind tragic love story that you'll never forget..Score: 5/5

AmazingI absolutely adore this incredible classic! It truly is a must read..Score: 5/5

AceThe Great Gatsy is a story told by Nick, of his observations of the upper class, and specifically of Gatsby’s undying and unrequited love for Daisy. This book was very good, although hard to read at times. I felt it was very poignant and definitely a worthwhile read. I would recommend this book for high school ages and up, and just to anyone who is curious about this story..Score: 4/5

AmazingThis is one of the greatest books I've ever read.Score: 5/5

A Gripping Story for all AudiencesThis book is amazing. Period..Score: 5/5

Truly magnificentYou can almost smell, hear and feel the narrator's dwellings. My feelings were all over the place.Score: 5/5

ClassicGreatest character and symbolism work ever.Score: 5/5

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Great gatsbyDecent book. Dialogue was a bit complex and too many details expressed.Score: 3/5

GaloreUnbelievable book Studying it thoroughly was the most enjoyable experience Brilliant symbolism and a fantastic group of characters.Score: 5/5

UnrealReally amazing book, if you're on the fence about reading it, do it :).Score: 5/5

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