- Publisher: Wordsworth Editions Ltd
- Format: Paperback | 144 pages
- Dimensions: 126mm x 192mm x 8mm | 180g
- Publication date: 1 December 1999
- Publication City/Country: Herts
- ISBN 10: 185326041X
- ISBN 13: 9781853260414
- Edition: New edition
- Edition statement: New edition
- Sales rank: 2
Generally 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.
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By Samadhi 12 Jun 2013
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.