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Alternate Cover Edition ISBN 0743273567 ISBN13 9780743273565 THE GREAT GATSBY, F Scott Fitzgerald s third book, stands as the supreme achievement of his career This exemplary novel of the Jazz Age has been acclaimed by generations of readers The story is of the fabulously wealthy Jay Gatsby and his new 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 is one of the great classics of twentieth century literature back cover Casual, self absorbed decadence, the evaporation of social grace, money calling all the shots and memories of the past holding people hostage from the future that lies before them Yes, Mr Fitzgerald has nailed it and written one of THE great American novels This book was a surprise I LOVED it and all of the deep contradictions swimming around its heart At once a scathing indictment on the erosion of the American Dream, but also a bittersweet love letter to the unfailing optimism of the American people Call it dignified futility obstinate hopefulness Whatever you call it, this novel is shiny and gorgeous, written with a sort of breezy pretension that seems to mirror the loose morality of the story Rarely have I come across a book whose style so perfectly enhances its subject matter Set in the eastern United States just after World War I, Fitzgerald shows us an America that has lost its moral compass This fall from grace is demonstrated through the lives of a handful of cynical well to dos living lavish but meaningless lives that focus on nothing but the pursuit of their own pleasures and whims Standing apart from these happenings while still being part of them is our narrator, Nick Carraway As the one honest and decent person in the story, Nick stands in stark contrast to the other characters Everyone suspects himself of at least one of the cardinal virtues, and this is mine I am one of the few honest people that I have ever known Nick relays the story of the summer he spent in Long Island s West Egg in a small house sandwiched between the much larger mansions of the area His time in Long Island is spent with a group that includes his second cousin, Daisy Buchanan, and her rich husband Tom who live in Long Island s East Egg At one point in the story, Nick provides the following description of the pair which I do not think can be improved upon They were careless people, Tom and Daisy they smashed up things and creatures and then retreated back into their money or their vast carelessness, or whatever it was that kept them together, and let other people clean up the mess they had made In addition, we have Jordan Baker who is a poster child for the pretty, amoral, self centered rich girl whose view of the world is jaded and unsentimental Basically, she s a bitch.The most intriguing character by far is Jay Gatsby himself, both for who he is and for how Fitzgerald develops him through the course of the narrative When we are first introduced to Gatsby, he comes across as a polite, gracious, well mannered gentleman with a magnetic personality who our narrator takes to immediately He had one of those rare smiles with a quality of eternal reassurance in it, that you may come across four or five times in life It faced, or seemed to face, the whole external world for an instant and then concentrated on you with an irresistible prejudice in your favor It understood you just as far as you wanted to be understood, believed in you as you would like to believe in yourself However, from that very first encounter, Fitzgerald slowly chips away at the persona and peels back the layers of the Great Gatsby until we are left with a flawed and deeply tragic figure that in my opinion ranks among the most memorable in all of classic literature Nick s journey in his relationship with Gatsby mirrors our own It is invariably saddening to look through new eyes at things upon which you have expended your own powers of adjustment Through a series of parties, affairs, beatings, drunken escapades, the lives of the characters intermesh with terrible consequences I don t want to give away major parts of the story as I think they are best experienced for the first time fresh, but at the heart of Fitzgerald s morality tale is a tragic love that for me rivaled the emotional devastation I felt at the doomed relationship of Heathcliff and Catherine in Wuthering Heights In general, Fitzgerald s world of excessive jubilance and debauchery is a mask that the characters wear to avoid the quiet torments that haunt them whenever they are forced to take stock of their actions Rather than do this, they simply keep moving I felt a haunting loneliness sometimes, and felt it in others young clerks in the dusk, wasting the most poignant moments of night and life In the end, Fitzgerald manages the amazing feat of creating a sad, bleak portrait of America while maintaining a sense of restrained optimism in the future Both heart wrenching and strangely comforting at the same time I guess in the end, this was a book that made me feel a lot and that is all I can ever ask I m going to wrap this up with my second favorite quote from the book my favorite being the one at the very beginning of the review And as I sat there, brooding on the old, unknown world, I thought of Gatsby s wonder when he first picked out Daisy s light at the end of his dock He had come such a long way to this blue lawn, and his dream must have seemed so close he could hardly fail to grasp it But what he did not know was that it was already behind him, somewhere in the vast obscurity beyond the city, where the dark fields of the republic rolled on under the night 5.0 stars HIGHEST POSSIBLE RECOMMENDATION Oh Gatsby, you old sport, you poor semi delusionally hopeful dreamer with some heightened sensitivity to the promises of life , focusing your whole self and soul on that elusive money colored green light a dream that shatters just when you are this close to it Jay Gatsby, who dreamed a dream with the passion and courage few possess and the tragedy was that it was a wrong dream colliding with reality that was even wrong and deadly Just like the Great Houdini the association the title of this book so easily invokes you specialized in illusions and escape Except even the power of most courageous dreamers can be quite helpless to allow us escape the world, our past, and ourselves, giving rise to one of the most famous closing lines of a novel 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 to morrow 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 Dear Gatsby, not everything I liked back when I was fourteen has withstood the test of time but you clearly did, and as I get older, closer to your and Nick Carraway s age, your story gathers dimensions and tragedy, fleshing out so much from what I thought of as a tragic love story when I was a child turning into a great American tragedy I hang my head in shame at my ability to still belt out an enthusiastic albeit poorly rendered version of Baby One More Time when it comes on the radio provided, of course, that my car windows are safely up.I blame it on my residual teenage hormones.Jay Gatsby, you barged head on to achieve and conquer your American dream, not stopping until your dreams became your reality, until you reinvented yourself with the dizzying strength of your belief Your tragedy was that you equated your dream with money, and money with happiness and love And honestly, given the messed up world we live in, you were not that far from getting everything you thought you wanted, including the kind of love that hinges on the green dollar signs And you almost saw it, you poor bastard, but in the end you chose to let your delusion continue, you poor soul.Poor Gatsby Yours is the story of a young man who suddenly rose to wealth and fame, running like a hamster on the wheel amassing wealth for the sake of love, for the sake of winning the heart of a Southern belle, the one whose voice is full of money in a book written by a young man who suddenly rose to wealth and fame, desperately running on the hamster wheel of high life to win the heart of his own Southern belle Poor Gatsby, and poor F Scott Fitzgerald the guy who so brilliantly described it all, but who continued to live the life his character failed to see for what it was The Great Gatsby is a story about the lavish excesses meant to serve every little whim of the rich and wannabe rich in the splendid but unsatisfying in their shallow emptiness glitzy and gaudy post war years, and the resulting suffocation under the uselessness and unexpected oppressiveness of elusive American dream in the time when money was plenty and the alluring seemingly dream life was just around the corner, just within reach.But first and foremost, it is a story of disillusionment with dreams that prove to be shallow and unworthy of the dreamer while at the same time firmly hanging on to the idea of the dream, the ability to dream big, and the stubborn tenacity of the dreamer, an extraordinary gift for hope, a romantic readiness such as I have never found in any other person and which it is not likely I shall ever find again.This is why Gatsby is still so relevant in the world we live in almost a hundred years after Fitzgerald wrote it in the Roaring Twenties the present day world that still worships money and views it as a substitute for the American dream, the world that hinges on materialism, the world that no longer frowns on the gaudiness and glitz of the nouveau riche In this world Jay Gatsby, poor old sport, with his huge tasteless mansion and lavish tasteless parties and in your face tasteless car and tasteless pink suit would be, perhaps, quietly sniggered at but would have fit in without the need for aristocratic breeding who cares if he has the money and the ability to throw parties worthy of reality show fame Because in the present world just the fact of having heaps of money makes you worthy and therefore the people whose voices are full of money , who are gleaming like silver, safe and proud above the hot struggles of the poor , people who genuinely believe that money makes them worthy and invincible are all too common Tom and Daisy Buchanan would be proud of them And wannabe Gatsbys pour their capacity to dream into chasing the shallow dream of dollar signs, nothing They were careless people, Tom and Daisy they smashed up things and creatures and then retreated back into their money or their vast carelessness, or whatever it was that kept them together, and let other people clean up the mess they had made This book somehow hit the right note back when I read it when I was fourteen, and hit even truer note now, deeply resonating with me a decade short of a hundred years since it was written If you read it for school years ago, I ask you to pick it up and give its pages another look and it may amaze you Five green light stars in the fog at the end of a dock. The Great Gatsby is your neighbor you re best friends with until you find out he s a drug dealer It charms you with some of the most elegant English prose ever published, making it difficult to discuss the novel without the urge to stammer awestruck about its beauty It would be evidence enough to argue that F Scott Fitzgerald was superhuman, if it wasn t for the fact that we know he also wrote This Side of Paradise.But despite its magic, the rhetoric is just that, and it is a cruel facade Behind the stunning glitter lies a story with all the discontent and intensity of the early Metallica albums At its heart, The Great Gatsby throws the very nature of our desires into a harsh, shocking light There may never be a character who so epitomizes tragically misplaced devotion as Jay Gatsby, and Daisy, his devotee, plays her part with perfect, innocent malevolence Gatsby s competition, Tom Buchanan, stands aside watching, taunting and provoking with piercing vocal jabs and the constant boast of his enviable physique The three jostle for position in an epic love triangle that lays waste to countless innocent victims, as well as both Eggs of Long Island Every jab, hook, and uppercut is relayed by the instantly likable narrator Nick Carraway, seemingly the only voice of reason amongst all the chaos But when those boats are finally borne back ceaselessly by the current, no one is left afloat It is an ethical massacre, and Fitzgerald spares no lives there is perhaps not a single character of any significance worthy even of a Sportsmanship Award from the Boys and Girls Club.In a word, The Great Gatsby is about deception Fitzgerald tints our glasses rosy with gorgeous prose and a narrator you want so much to trust, but leaves the lenses just translucent enough for us to see that Gatsby is getting the same treatment And if Gatsby represents the truth of the American Dream, it means trouble for us all Consider it the most pleasant insult you ll ever receive. This is my least favorite classic of all time Probably even my least favorite book, ever I didn t have the faintest iota of interest in neither era nor lifestyle of the people in this novela So why did I read it to begin with well, because I wanted to give it a chance I ve been surprised by many books, many a times Thought this could open a new literary door for me.Most of the novel was incomprehensibly lame I was never fully introduced to the root of the affair that existed between Gatsby and Daisy So they were in loveyeah..I ve been in love too, who cares Several times I didn t even understand where characters were when they were speaking to each other I also didn t understand the whole affair with Tom and Mrs Wilson and something about her husband locking her up over the garage huh then she gets run over by a car, then he sneaks in through the trees and shoots Gatsby wha still..why am I suppose to care about all this Shallow and meaningless characters Again, who cares I read this book twice 2 times I just didn t get it I can t believe this book is revered with the rest of the great classics Truly unbelievable Fitzgerald certainly kissed the right asses with this one What garbage Daisy quote They re such beautiful shirts, she sobbed It makes me sad because I ve never seen such such beautiful shirts before sob..sob boo hoo hoo oh Please someone shut her the fuck up.