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In The Great Gatsby, Fitzgerald brilliantly captures both the disillusionment of post-war America and the moral failure of a society obsessed with wealth and status. But he does more than render the essence of a particular time and place, for in chronicling Gatsby's tragic pursuit of his dream, Fitzgerald re-creates the universal conflict between illusion and reality.
Paperback, Modern Classics, 177 pages
Published February 24th 2000 by Penguin Classics (first published 1925)
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svnh
After six years of these heated and polarized debates, I'm deleting the reviews that sparked them. Thanks for sharing your frustrations, joys, and insights with me, goodreaders. Happy reading!

In love and good faith, always,
Savannah
Alex
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. Be...more
Nataliya

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 more wrong - and deadly.

Just like the Great Houdini - the association the...more
Gina
Over drinks, I’ve observed—like so many smart alecks—that much of The Great Gatsby’s popularity relies heavily on its shortness. At a sparse 180 pages, Fitzgerald’s masterpiece could be argued to be the “Great American novella.” Gatsby, like so many other short classics, is easily readable, re-readable, and assessable to everyone from the attention-deficient young to mothers juggling a kid, a career, and a long-held desire to catch up on all those books “they should have read but haven’t gotten...more
Kemper
Jay Gatsby, you poor doomed bastard. You were ahead of your time. If you would have pulled your scam after the invention of reality TV, you would have been a huge star on a show like The Bachelor and a dozen shameless Daisy-types would have thrown themselves at you.

Mass media and modern fame would have embraced the way you tried to push your way into a social circle you didn’t belong to in an effort to fulfill a fool’s dream as your entire existence became a lie and you desperately sought to re...more
Stephen
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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 Ame...more
Pollopicu
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 Gatsb...more
LooseLips
Jun 25, 2012 LooseLips rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: the people who live in upstate egg.
Shelves: hmmm, re-reading
The eh Gatsby

Classic. Yes. THE great American novel. Hmph, so I heard. I suppose it should make one more interested, or at least feel more compelled to read something (or re-read as is the case here) when it has "classic" and "everyone else loves it!" stamped all over it. And has a movie made out of it, though what beloved novel hasn't these days? Of course, I originally read FSF's Gatsby because I was expected to for a high school English class. So, even though I was never the type to do homewo...more
Jason
Aug 03, 2007 Jason rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people who can read
Shelves: favorites
Most Americans are assigned to read this novel in high school. Few American high schoolers have the wherewithal to appreciate this novel in full. I certainly did not. It is on a shortlist of novels that should, every 5 years starting at age 25, return to any American's required reading list.

First things first: The opening of The Great Gatsby -- its first 3-4 pages -- ranks among the best of any novel in the English language, and so too does its ending. Both for their content and for their prose,...more
Ian Paganus
The True Value of Monopoly Money

Capitalism tends towards monopoly.

No capitalist welcomes a competitor or rival. Having attained wealth, the desire is to retain it, not to concede it; to increase it, not to share it.

A competitor is perceived as a threat, and will be treated like a virus invading an otherwise healthy, but vulnerable, body.

The Great American Dream

"The Great Gatsby" is often described as a paean to the Great American Dream.

This Dream supposedly sustains the average American. It of...more
Jonathan

My essay on The Great Gatsby and reification

Why do I love The Great Gatsby?

A lot of people would likely agree with me when I say that F.Scott Fitzgerald's writing here leaves only a little to be desired. The characters themselves seem shallow and empty, lacking in morality and you could take all this into consideration and instantly go: 'well that's a shallow book if ever I've heard of one.' But in my eyes, The Great Gatsby is a scathing social commentary that explores the fruitlessness of purs...more
Rolls
Feb 14, 2014 Rolls rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everybody and their mother
"The Great Gatsby" is considered by many to be the zenith of American fiction writing in the last century. I won't say that it is the best American novel I've read but I will say it is probably the most perfect.

Along with J.D. Salinger, Fitzgerald has got to be my favorite writer of fiction. As opposed to Hemingway's bluntness, and Faulkner's artiness, Fitzgerald's prose seems(to paraphrase Michael Chabon) to rain down from style heaven. His style in fact is like the ladies he writes about: cool...more
karen

i love this book. yes, it is a story about vapid and shallow people who live selfish and hedonistic lives and treat other people like playthings, but there is an elegance, a restraint to the prose that manages to discuss, in the same tone, both doomed love and the breakdown of the american dream. and it is masterful. some may say the great american novel.

and so this:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OULhla...

makes me want to tear my eyes out with my hands and stomp on them forever and ever.

yeah, yo...more
Martine
Like many people, I first read The Great Gatsby when I was too young to understand it. I appreciated the beauty of Fitzgerald's prose and his gift for describing scenes, but disliked quite a few of his characters and couldn't fathom why they inspired in each other the degree of devotion and obsession that they seemed to do. I also found the narrator a bit dull and the ending a huge let-down. In short, I was convinced Fitzgerald was a good writer (I actually went on to check out some of his short...more
Brad
Dec 18, 2007 Brad rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Car owners
This book becomes far better when you take all of Gatsby's mystery and just think of him as Batman. The whole book falls into place!
Cecily
I don't know if my appreciation of this should be tempered by the fact I was about three quarters of the way through before I realised I'd read it before (though I think it was many years ago)!

PLOT
It is (mostly) set in Long Island in summer of 1922, amongst the young, idle, amoral rich, playing fast and loose with their own lives and indeed, those of others. All very glamorous, self-centred, and shallow, but the possibility of darker things lurking holds interest and tension.

CHARACTERS
Even if y...more
Paul
This is an all right-ish kind of novel, I suppose, but I always preferred Fitzgerald’s little-known prequel The Average Gatsby, although some people found the vision of Mervyn Gatsby, Jay’s obscure brother, living a reasonably okayish life as the manager of a carpet and upholstery warehouse in Des Moines a trifle dispiriting. I quite agree that The Bad Gatsby was a shameless self-ripoff which did Fitzgerald no favours. (The threesome scene between Warren Harding, John Dillinger and Gatsby was in...more
Marina
Great.
Now I'm getting pissed off at classics too. I seem to be upping my game.


How much shallowness can one person stand.
Well, if I feel betrayed, imagine Jay.








Newsflash sweetheart, when a man wants to give you the world, the least you can do is send a flower to his funeral.





I suppose he would have had you not destroyed him.





I've never respected a fictional character more.




And the best part is that now, we don't even have the excuse of a battle between the old wealth and the new rich of the 1920s. Th...more
Robin
This was a bookclub read that I've not read for many many years. It was of course assigned reading in both high school and college. I remember pouring over all the various aspects of this book and picking it a part like disecting a frog.

Now that I'm older....much older. This reading broght a whole new light on this book for me. And I'm sorry to say....I think this book is HIGHLY overrated.

This book was never a sucess (either critically or via sales) when it was released and I think that it actu...more
Kristalia
FINAL RATING: ★★★☆/★★★★★



“So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past.”


This book was quite a new experience.

It's full of metaphors and symbolism but i still have no idea what to think of it. The main problem i had with this book was the focusing of time and space around them... I often found myself confused because of that and that is the reason i couldn't rate it higher (maybe it was because of translation, i don't know...). It also took me a great am...more
Huda Yahya
وأرى الآن إعلاناً رائعاً لفيلم يقوم ببطولته ليوناردو ديكابريو
ولأول مرة أجد لمحات من السحر الذي عشته في هذه الرواية
لذا أنا شديدة الشوق لمشاهدته

ترتبط هذه الرواية في ذهني بذكريات جميلة ودافئة
فلقد درستها في عامي الأول في الكلية
وكنت أقرؤها بلذة خالصة لن يعرفها من يقوم بقرائتها مترجمة

لا أجد رواية تقوم بتجسيد الحلم الأمريكي كهذه الرواية
وعليك أن تقارن فكرة الحلم الأمريكي في بدايتها بفكرة الحلم الإنساني ككل
هذا الشبق العظيم للوصول إلى القمة
الحصول على كل شيء
النجاح العظيم
والحرية المطلقة

فكرة الحلم الأمريكي ت
...more
Lou
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Check out the new trailer for the forthcoming release of the Movie in 2013 @ http://more2read.com/review/the-great-gatsby-by-f-scott-fitzgerald/

Gatsby, Jay a millionaire who just throws his money around a tycoon of sorts bites off more than he can chew. Fitzgerald is trying to show us maybe how shallow these rich characters are how they play against each other and how their friendships are paper thin badgered by suspicions, envy and jealousy. Gatsby leads a lavish and hedonistic lifestyle. The...more
Shovelmonkey1
May 17, 2012 Shovelmonkey1 rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: tom ripleys love children
Recommended to Shovelmonkey1 by: 1001 books and the promise of an upcoming movie
I read this a while ago and had every intention of reviewing it, honest guv, but then Mike Sullivan, or at least I think it was Mike, sent me a lovely message saying how nice you are reading something like this and I will look forward to your review. This promptly gave me performance anxiety and led to me not only not being able to pee but being unable to write this review.

Anyway, I've now been to the bathroom and have had long enough to not be scared any more so, sorry for the wait Mike, if it...more
Henry Avila
Jay Gatsby is a mysterious man, who gives extravagant parties on Long Island, New York, outside his palatial mansion , in the warm summer nights. That he doesn't know the people he invites, not to mention the numerous gatecrashers, might make it a little strange! But this being the roaring 20's, anything goes, rumors abound about Gatsby, bootlegger ? Who cares, as long as the free liquor , great food and the beautiful music continues. Finally attending one of his own gatherings, and we discover...more
Diane
Wow. This book wins the award for Most Changed Opinion On Second Reading.

Like most Americans, I was assigned The Great Gatsby in high school (the book that launched a billion English essays!), and it is considered one of the Great American Novels. But my 17-year-old self wasn't impressed, and I've spent the last two decades thinking this book was lame and overhyped.**

I'm so glad I decided to reread Gatsby, because in addition to being a beautiful little novel I think it's still relevant. The is...more
Madeline
Apparently the colors yellow and white represent sickness and goodness, respectively. I learned this from my Honors English friends after I had read the book on my own, and was very thankful I didn't have to read this for a class and be forced to write papers analyzing the terrifically brilliant symbolism and prose etc etc. It would have completed ruined an otherwise extremely good and exciting story.

PS: The character Daisy appears good and innocent, but at her core is actually rotted and evil....more
9 3/4
Jun 12, 2014 9 3/4 rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: own
I cannot write a review for a book that is considered a classic masterpiece. I can't talk about its literature value. About a book that hints so many themes in such an outstanding way. I can only express the reasons of why I enjoyed it so much.

Great Gatsby is such a beautiful story. Fitzgerald's symbolisms are so deep and profound. I believe that for every reader this story of love and loss has something different to say. It touches the heart in so many different ways. For me it is a story about...more
Mariel
Oct 11, 2010 Mariel rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: D'angelo Barksdale
Recommended to Mariel by: my mom
I thought about Daisy's little daughter a lot after finishing The Great Gatsby. I felt sorrier for her than I ever did for Jay Gatsby, in terms of winning or losing Daisy's love. They leave the little thing alone while they jettisoned to those fancy parties and trips... That made me feel really sad. (No, I don't blame Daisy for what Gatsby saw in her. It could only be the hard way because she was the physical representation of all his desires, for everything good and bad in life. No one can stan...more
Forrest
A crushingly poignant work. Now, I "get it", whereas when I read this as a teenager, I didn't. As a child, I was so bent on loving the anti-heroes that I missed the tragedy, the squandered possibilities, not within Gatsby, but within everyone else. As I read it, Gatsby isn't really the hero or the anti-hero at all. He is a hub around which the real stories churn. He is a soft, vulnerable, naive, ambitious machine. And while everything and everyone revolves around him, he is, in the end, abandone...more
Gary
The Great Gatsby.....what makes it great?? You ask?

Spoilers involved here.....Fair warning.....

I believe it's great because the story is told from a different character's perspective of Gatsby,and Daisy,and all the other characters...Nick is the narrator....and what a great narrator he is....I think the book wouldn't have been nearly as effective, if Jay himself, told the story, or Daisy, or Tom, or even Jordan....Nick had a completely unbias opinion,and perspective that the other characters wou...more
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Francis Scott Key Fitzgerald was an American writer of novels and short stories, whose works have been seen as evocative of the Jazz Age, a term he himself allegedly coined. He is regarded as one of the greatest twentieth century writers. Fitzgerald was of the self-styled "Lost Generation," Americans born in the 1890s who came of age during World War I. He finished four novels, left a fifth unfini...more
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