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The "Great Gatsby" And "The Diamond As Big As The Ritz" (Collector's Library)

4.09  ·  Rating details ·  1,026 ratings  ·  82 reviews
cloth, 256 pages
Published March 1st 2005 by Collector's Library (first published 1925)
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Nyome Boyd
Jul 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I absolutely love this book! I love the sarcasm in the writing and the way that the protagonist just kind of floats around between the different "worlds" not really belonging anywhere .... just observing life from different perspectives and striving to fit, but just never quite getting there.

In the end everybody tries so hard.. but never really gets what they were looking for.

And Gatsby himself... What an interesting character for Fitzgerald to create... I can't decide if his notion of Daisy is
Wendy C
Feb 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
As a classic novel which is one of the first I’ve read I’d say it was a sophisticated novel. It is about Daisy and how she emerged herself in the company of socially respected gentlemen during the ‘roaring 20’s’, (a century ago) and the aristocrat society of the 20’s, with insights into the values, life and high society of the jazz era.
I enjoyed it but as it’s not my normal genre I found it hard to follow what was happening but unsure if that was the narrator or because it was quite long winded
May 15, 2013 rated it really liked it
The Great Gatsby:
Although at some points a choppy and confusing writing style, the wonderfulness of the story and criticism of wealth and of the "Age of Jazz", is worthy of a 4 or 4,5 stars rating for this book.
People complain that they couldn't identify with the characters, but then again, who now can when the times have changed so much? What I found truly amazing was the criticism to society and to the carelessness of the rich and affluent, and even to the newly rich, striving so hard to becom
Kristie Robillard
Sometimes I just don't understand why certain books/writers become famous and are considered "must reads". While I definitely enjoyed this work to "Tender is the Night", I just can't get behind it. I feel like there's almost something... But it just never quite gets there for me. The only emotion I had was at the end, but throughout I really couldn't care less about these boring, empty characters. Not only that, but I find Fitzgerald's writing style very choppy and hard to read. I was almost nev ...more
Sep 19, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, literature
Wonderful re-read; felt like I had never read it before…when, in fact I have twice read it in my life. Does this mean I need to go back and read MANY of the books I read as a young adult?
Jan 26, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019-tbr
I really enjoyed the short stories! Wasn't a fan of the Great Gatsby. It was a nice read but nothing spectacular in my opinion. Overall a swell way to escape into that era for a few hours.
Steve Goodyear
May 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fitzgerald makes beautiful sentences which drew me in and were a pleasure to read. He also told an interesting story with very interesting characters, none of which were predictable. I really enjoyed this book.
Aug 16, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I hated it. The longest one hundred something pages I ever read. I didn't like the author's writing style AT ALL. He just kept subtly criticizing everything and it got on my nerves...also his descriptions tended to be on the long, wordy, and boring side.
Jul 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Even more appreciation now.
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As part of a greater project to read literary classics that had escaped my attention, I tackled The Great Gatsby, in part wanting to have read the original before watching the 2013 movie. I must say... I was a bit underwhelmed.

There is of course, no denying the linguistic quality and richness of the prose, painting a very vivid picture of the roaring '20s, but the thing is... not much happens for about a half of the book. There's descriptions, upon descriptions of a cast of characters, the not v
Oct 18, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
F. Scott Fitzgerald's writing is beautiful and lyrical. It is smooth and descriptive and complex. It is easy to see why he is one of the most celebrated authors in literature. However, my problems lies not with his writing but with his story.


The Great Gatsby is famous for portraying the feel and atmosphere of the 20's so accurately. But other than that portrayal, the book lacks... plot. I mean essentially, the old money live and the new money/ no money people all die because of one hit a
Jul 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: re-read
My third reading of The Great Gatsby and each time I enjoy it more. Fitzgerald's writing is incandescent giving it the appearance of being crafted effortlessly. His characters are memorable and their lives Illustrate the era of the 1920's perfectly. A beautiful example of his writing on the last page describes the island where Gatsby's house is and of the island as it was "...a fresh, green breast of the new world" and "the transitory enchanted moment man must have held his breath in the presenc ...more
I'm not the first to note that The Great Gatsby comes closest to being the great American novel. F. Scott Fitzgerald's mix of how shady dealings in support of a laudable idealism, an innocence in pursuit of a flawed goal, and a tragic end could be an allegory of the country--almost. It supports multiple re-readings. They're always rewarded with new insights. ...more
Jul 07, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read this book again, for at least the 10th time. Why I love reading such a sad story, I don't know. I love Mr. Carraway, the hot summer days and the light on the water and the green light across the bay. It is hard to take the entitled people and the general sadness that looms in their lives. Money really doesn't buy happiness. Fitzgerald's writing is exquisite and I love reading his words and phrases and how his stories develop.
Jan 08, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-i-own
"I hope she'll be a fool - that's the best thing a girl can be in this world, a beautiful little fool"

Even though I would love to throw a party like Gatsby's, I'm glad 100 years after we're no longer wishing such things.

This is such a deep book, don't let its plot fool you, it's not just a love story.
Erin Balassone
Jan 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of the greatest American novels and certainly my favorite jazz age author. A truly classic tale of love, wealth, regret and loss.
Apr 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Always great, no matter how many times I read it. With every new group of students, it's like a new book.
Jo Jette
Jan 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love this book, and just could not put it down. It really is such an amazing story, and insight into the darker, hedonistic side of human behaviour. There's a reason this is considered a classic!!
Joshua Jeter
I had a hard time understanding the whole concept and if you are into anything about during the 1950s or so then I would recommend this book. However, for me, I did not like it very much.
Alexander Johnson
This book was very funny an inspiring an is a great read for anyone that is always bored.
Mr Fitzgerald is a very good righter he makes you wanna write a book.
Alexis Clement
Very interesting
Asja Marchand
Feb 17, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2020
Stands the test of time. Recommend to those who enjoy short stories/novellas. Good critique of Capitalist society.
May 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
very nice to read
Mar 08, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Sep 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Great Gatsby by Scott F Fitzgerald
Wonderful book

The Great Gatsby is one of the best books ever. In fact, according to the Modern Library list of best 100 books of the 20th century, it is the second best, bested only by Ulysses.
This is the third time that I have read this fabulous book.
What struck me all the three times that I have been though these pages is its simplicity. The story seems a bit farfetched, only at one point, but then coincidences do happen and it is the only “extraordinary „
Sep 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Rating a different version to allow a new review and finish date. How can goodreads call a book finished after one read?
I see something new every time I read this. It feels more juvenile than when I first read it, but it is full of so many linguistic and emotional treasures on every one of its few pages I still savor it how ever many reads later. This time I noticed, I think, how painterly his writing is. I felt continually pulled into a painting from the same era, playing with abstraction and
May 21, 2013 rated it really liked it
a) The Great Gatsby

The first 60 pages were too slow for me that I nearly gave up. NEARLY. Because I hate leaving a book unread halfway. I struggled quite a bit but Chapter 4 onwards, it started to pick up & I'm like "NOW we're talking!"

Nick, the narrator, was excellent. I felt like I was with him witnessing every event unfolding in front of me. For Gatsby, I love him. It's unfortunate that he was delusional & there were times when I just wanted to yell, hug, do whatever to wake him up to stop wh
The Great Gatsby is a story based in the 1920s in New York City after the war. The main character Nick moves to NYC and lives next door to the wealthy and much talked about Jay Gatsby who is mostly known for his wild parties and other unfounded rumours that surround the rich and famous. The story is based around Nick and a group of young men and women he meets and their life and love affairs.

I had to really try to envisioned how it must have been in those times because the book didn't describe i
Jacob The
Aug 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Re-read the Great Gatsby, and reminded of how incredible of a book it is. Ironically, we live in a vapid generation that may not like the book for the way it portrays them, the extravagant parties, the low morals, constant search of pleasure, fake personas and vapid friendships. Not only is his writing style fantastic, and he has a way with words, but the story itself is sublime. Well crafted to show how the choices we make affect our lives, and cause us to think of the life we are leading. In t ...more
Jun 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
This book was flawless. Gatsby's character was incredibly intriguing, and I found myself wishing I could hop into the book and join in with Nick and Gatsby and Daisy. I found myself laughing at parts, and almost in tears in other parts. The ending broke my heart, but I won't give any spoilers! This book is also great if you want to learn new vocabulary. When I first started reading this book, I had to read it with a dictionary beside me because the first few chapters were full of great new words ...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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