The Great Gatsby (Paperback)
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DescriptionGenerally considered to be F. Scott Fitzgerald's finest novel, The Great Gatsby is a consummate summary of the "roaring twenties", and a devastating expose of the "Jazz Age". Through the narration of Nick Carraway, the reader is taken into the superficially glittering world of the mansions which lined the Long Island shore in the 1920s, to encounter Nick's cousin Daisy, her brash but wealthy husband Tom Buchanan, Jay Gatsby and the mystery that surrounds him.
- Published: 01 December 1999
- Format: Paperback 144 pages
- ISBN 13: 9781853260414 ISBN 10: 185326041X
- Sales rank: 1
Reviews for The Great Gatsby
This is a book about the initial "American Dream" richness, wealth, being famous, being known, being Somebody
So after some years hearing about this novel, I decided that was about time to give this classic a chance, being the movie out now , all the stores had copies all over the place, and I got this WordsWorth edition for a couple of euros.
I must say this was not such a great experience for me, don't get me wrong, it wasn't bad, it was just not awesome, like I was expecting it to be.
I think the main point that made me felt so disconnected with this book was the world building, after all this is an American novel, and you can feel it at every page, Fitzgerald includes lots of places names on the book, and doesn't bother to describe them, so most of the time I was imagining the characters on a almost blank setting, I just couldn't picture it, since I don't know them.
This is a book about moral and relationships and most important of all the initial "American Dream" richness, wealth, being famous, being known, being Somebody. This is when it gets personal, after all since I don't share this dreams with the characters and find them mostly boring and shallow , I just didn't get fascinated by them.
At the beginning I though it was a matter of age, and by that I mean, that I prefer other time periods of history, but than I understand that it was not a matter of subject but the way it was written, not only I had problem with the world building , but most of the times I felt quite confused, because the point of view or the subject changes from chapter to chapter with no introduction or soft passage, so its quite a demanding read.
The author is really good and descriptive when it comes to characters, but once more, I didn't seem to connect with none of them, after all, we are quite different and their "qualities" are what I perceive as defects.
Other than that , Nick the main character claims that he's not a night person and still this is all he does or talks about, you can see that the book as a lot of gaps when it comes to his life, this narrator seems to be only alive when he is with the other characters and talks about nothing more that them.
I have to say that although I appreciated F. Scott Fitzgerald writing and I can see why a lot of people love him it was not my cup of tea, so this will be one of that times, that my rating as more to do with my personal taste than the quality of the book
Skeleton Orchid by SkeletonOrchid
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The Great Gatsby, is it so Great ?
Although I have only read very few classics myself, I thought that this book lived up to its genre.
The Great Gatsby isn't particularly thought provoking, actually, it can even be very confusing at times. This book is similar to The Catcher in the Rye, in the sense that there is no plot per se, it is more about observing the way that people behave, and their motives to do so.
The Great Gatsby paints a vivid picture of life in the 1920's and brings the era to life.
In terms of character, personally I believed that they weren't likeable, however they were realistic. Perhaps it was due to the mere size of this book, but I felt that there was a severe lack in character development.
Overall, I would recommend The Great Gatsby if you enjoy books such as The Catcher in the Rye and The Perks of Being a Wallflower. If you also enjoy the 1920's setting, this book may also be for you.
I hope you enjoy it, provided you choose to read it. by Samadhi
The first time you read it the first chapter or so it doesn't really pull you in, but after that it gets very good. When you re-read it for a second time, you start to see all this depth and dimension in everything that is said and described. Full of motifs, symbolism and great writing, it's quite an easy read and it's a great portrayal of how materialistic the world was after the first war and before the great depression. It's so so good! by Cassidy McLeanHouse
A classic for a reason
The tight prose expected from Fitzgerald and a story mirroring his own life and marriage. Observant readers will realise their broken romance is something Gatsby sees as divine, machinations of society and status and failures of self keeping them apart both then and now.
If you like your books to be full of "excitement" get a cheap airport thriller; the pacing is deliberately slow, the prose at times attempting to transcend its medium and become poetry. by Moschops
So much hype, so little excitement. I may have lost something in translation but now just hanging to see the movie to see if it makes up for it. by Carnie
A easy book to read. the ultimate theme of the book is you can't live in the past. What's gone before is gone for good. by charlie lee
Love this book!
Love this book! Great portrayal of New York in the 1920s, fascinating characters and so well written. Heart-breaking and captivating story that is hard to put down. Thoroughly recommend! by Debbie Winters
The Great Gatsby waited on my shelf a long time before I actually got to it. As a classic, I thought it would be very heavy. The first two pages didn't really get me into the book, but after that, the book was really fun to read.
Fitzgerald describes everything in a way that makes you feel like you're really in the twenties. It's hard to get bored with the book, since Gatsby stays a mystery through out it. Also, the book is made of a lot of short stories, that always keep it interesting.
I don't want to say too much about the book, so I don't spoil it, but my bottom line is that it's really good, and you shouldn't be afraid to approach it just because it's considered "a classic". by Jennifer