The Great Gatsby

The Great Gatsby

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Jay Gatsby had once loved beautiful, spoiled Daisy Buchanan, then lost her to a rich boy. Now, mysteriously wealthy, he is ready to risk everything to woo her back. This is the definitive, textually accurate edition of a classic of twentieth-century literature, The Great Gatsby. The story of the fabulously wealthy Jay Gatsby and his love for the beautiful Daisy Buchanan has been acclaimed by generations of readers. But the first edition contained a number of errors resulting from Fitzgerald's extensive revisions and a rushed production schedule.
Publisher: New York : Scribner, 2004, c1935
ISBN: 9780743273565
Characteristics: 180 p. ; 21 cm


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cals_readers Jul 11, 2019

Fiction. While "The Great Gatsby" is a highly specific portrait of American society during the Roaring Twenties, its story is also one that has been told hundreds of times, and is perhaps as old as America itself: a man claws his way from rags to riches, only to find that his wealth can... Read More »

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Feb 07, 2020

Wow, how does one review The Great Gatsby. My primary response to the book is that I wish I could have read it with "new" eyes - that is, not knowing the story line. I believe the impact would have been so much stronger when the tragedies struck. Just a few comments. I had the feeling that two different people were writing the book. There were paragraphs of incomparable descriptive prose - wonderful images - great colors - infinite longing. Then suddenly you are into the actual narrative dialogue and the content is largely void of imagery and very stark. I found the abrupt switch somewhat disconcerting. My view of Gatsby changed from my impressions due to the films. I had seen him as this gorgeous, seeker of his first love. After reading the book I did not see him as a hero at all. I saw him as an obsessed man who would do anything to get what he wanted. In this case it was Daisy. Only one person in the book has a conscience. That is, of course, the narrator, Nick Carraway. He attempts to be part of the "suave" rich people he sees around him, but he never feels comfortable in this role. He attempts, in addition to telling the story, to "reason" with / mediate among Gatsby and the other main characters. In the end he is the only person to mourn the losses of lives and the death of aspirations. Daisy and Tom are shallow users of people. Daisy loves being wanted, but is not about to give up anything to be "true to her first love". Tom more blatantly uses people and throws them away, but you have to grudgingly admire his honesty about what a horrible human being he is. Jordan is largely an amoral chameleon - taking and using with no compunction. This is a tragedy worthy of Shakespeare. I have never forgotten my English lesson: pathos is when horrible events occur without being caused by the sufferer; tragedy is pain brought on by the person's own actions. Every main character of this story acts to produce the death and suffering, except for Nick. His story is pathos in that he experiences the devastation and loss without acting to cause it and with no ability to prevent it. This is by no means a literary review of Gatsby - I must leave that to my betters in the world of literature. It is simply a few thoughts after reading a book regarded as one of the best of the 20th century. Kristi & Abby Tabby

Jan 05, 2020

I usually don't read novel's about love and opportunist women. But I
figured why not give this book a shot. Turns out the book was about so much more than what I thought. I learned various life lessons through the themes the author potrayed throughout this novel. The authors syntax and wording is complex but beautiful. I recommend this book 100%!

Nov 20, 2019

I read this book as part of the 300 books everyone should read once list featured on listopia. i was less than impressed. It didn't really get interesting till the last few chapters, and then it got just plain depressing.

Nov 06, 2019

Jay Gatsby is far from great, in fact he's a jerk. He's deceitful, vain, manipulative and pretty much an all around (fill in your favorite derogatory term). There's not a single empathetic character in the whole book. If you like soap operas and reality TV you might enjoy this book but I cannot emphasize enough how much I hated this book. Classic doesn't mean good.

Nov 03, 2019

bruh this book is straight hot trash and garbage

Oct 21, 2019

This is a beautiful and simple novel. During World War II, thousands of soldiers carried a copy of this book in their rucksacks, each dreaming of a girl like Daisy back home. Indeed, it was the Allied soldiers who made it so widely popular.

It might be difficult for many Americans today to comprehend the breadth and scope of this book, who are so used to making monosyllabic grunts on Instagram or Snapchat, and to fully appreciate the amazing beauty of the language and structure of this Great American Novel. The sentences are sublime. It is, however, worth the effort for all of us to enter Gatsby's world and learn from it.

The Great Gatsby was written by F. Scott Fitzgerald in 1925, and it follows a cast of characters living in the fictional towns of West Egg and East Egg on prosperous Long Island in the summer of 1922. The story primarily concerns the young and mysterious millionaire Jay Gatsby and his quixotic passion and obsession with the beautiful former debutante Daisy Buchanan. Considered to be Fitzgerald's magnum opus, The Great Gatsby explores themes of decadence, idealism, resistance to change, social upheaval, and excess, creating a portrait of the Roaring Twenties that has been described as a cautionary tale regarding the American Dream.

First published by Scribner's in April 1925, The Great Gatsby received mixed reviews and sold poorly. And so Fitzgerald died in 1940, in poverty and in ill health, believing himself to be a failure and his work forgotten. However, the novel experienced a revival during World War II, as innumerable soldiers would carry a copy of the novel in their duffel bags, dreaming of having a Daisy back home. The fictional Jay Gatsby and Daisy Buchanon were very much modeled after Fitzgerald and his wife Zelda Sayre.

Now, Fitzgerald is finally at peace, buried with Zelda Sayre at Saint Mary's Catholic Church and Cemetery, located beside the Rockville Metro Station.

Today, The Great Gatsby is widely considered to be a literary classic, and many look upon it as the "Great American Novel."

Sep 27, 2019

I had to read the novel for High School and personally did not enjoy it. The only way I got through the whole book was by using audiobooks. This being said, the author explores really interesting themes and it makes for interesting discussions. So, if you're reading this book, I would highly recommend discussing it with a few other people afterwards. Otherwise, you could probably just pass this one up.

Sep 01, 2019

The Great Gatsby, written by F. Scott Fitzgerald in the 1920s, viewed as an American classic, for it's complexity and depth. We follow Nick, the narrator, as he sees the top elite unravel to show their true selves as liars, cheats, and bootleggers. As the title suggests the story revolves around Jay Gatsby a rich socialite, as he reunites with Daisy, his teenage sweetheart. Now many years later Daisy married and a mother, knowing this Jay insists on them reuniting and has Nick 'introduce' them. This book is for someone 13 years and up since it does cover a few major topics such as; affairs, murder, and smuggling illegal substances into a party. Even though the genre isn’t something I enjoy, Fitzgerald’s writing allows me to connect to the characters and their emotions. In some cases, the writing is very descriptive, so much so that you can actually imagine being inside the book. Then in other parts of the writing the dialogue is vague and perplexing so much so that it can be hard. I would recommend this book to those who may enjoy it, for example, historic lovers might appreciate the authenticity and with hints of action for those who enjoy it. This book may not be a fit for those who enjoy fantasy yet the underlying romance between characters may appeal to romance lovers. All in All, however reading this book allowed me to become familiar with classical writing and novels.


The Great Gatsby is a classic novel written by F. Scott Fitzgerald. While often times well reviewed, I personally was not a big fan. It is difficult to become invested in a story when the characters are unlikable and difficult to identify with. The main character and narrator, Nick, is filled with contradictions and hypocrisy. The title character, Jay Gatsby, is dishonest and close-minded. Their female counterparts, Daisy Buchanan and Jordan Baker, are dishonest, self-centered, superficial, and cynical. While the characters were difficult to tolerate, I will admit that it portrayed the many dimensions of human beings and was incredibly well written. My dislike was a personal preference but I believe everyone should read the novel and come to their own conclusions and judgement. Emily, grade 12, of the Yorba Linda Teen Book Bloggers

The Great Gatsby, written by F. Scott Fitzgerald, is a classic tragedy and suspenseful novel that leaves the reader infatuated with the story and characters of the novel. The novel is written from the first-person perspective by narrator, Nick Carraway, who is neighbors with the mysterious, yet well-known millionaire, Jay Gatsby. One thing Nick knows is true about Gatsby is that he is in love with Nick’s cousin, Daisy Buchanan. Gatsby is so determined to regain the love of Daisy, that he is willing to sacrifice his own heart, soul, and fortune. Overall, this novel kept me completely compelled with the story the entire duration of the book. Each character is unique and charismatic in their attitudes and lifestyles, especially as it takes place in the 1920’s. Every part of this story is extremely enchanting and is more exciting than anything that I have ever laid my eyes on before. The way Fitzgerald describes the scenery and the beauty in the story is what really captures the essence of this masterpiece of a novel. I would undoubtedly recommend this book to anyone. Whether you are a veteran reader or not, this novel has a certain charm to it. I believe a novel like this is essential to anyone looking for a good story, as elements of this story can even be seen in modern times. If I were to rate this novel on a scale on 1-5, I certainly would give this novel a 5. It never seems to disappoint, and I can definitely find myself re-reading this novel with the same excitement as I had the first time. @Josh Martinez, grade 12, Yorba Linda Teen Book Bloggers

Aug 03, 2019

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald is a piece of classic american literature written in the 1920’s. It touches on many themes and topics that are still relevant to society to this day, which is what makes this book a good choice for secondary school English. This book very difficult to read the first time around. I feel that there is a great dependency on the fixation of the roaring twenties era to truly enjoy the story line and its characters. I often found myself losing interest and having to re-read some parts as they could be extremely wordy. The characters behaviors seemed to be inconsistent and not many scenes feel like they have sufficient meaning to the plot. With all of that being said, I still enjoyed it even though I couldn’t finish it the first time around. While I wouldn’t consider it a masterpiece myself, I would definitely want to try to read this book again in a couple years, as there are many underlying messages and that I have seemingly looked over which would add to my experience. I would still recommend this book as it seems to be hit or miss depending on the person, but needless to say, your mileage may vary. 3/5 stars.
@ANIMAL279 of the Hamilton Public Library's Teen Review Board

In The Great Gatsby, the author explores many themes that were relevant at the time it was written and includes some that are still relevant to today. Some of these themes include, The American Dream, class, and love and marriage. The author uses great detail when describing things, which can be helpful at times, but at other times I found the way he described certain events or situations to be slightly confusing or hard to understand at first. Even though The Great Gatsby may be a bit of a difficult read (which in my opinion could be due to the writing style), I still believe that it is a book everyone should read at some point in their life as the author discusses many important themes that may help you be more aware of society as Fitzgerald really gave his full opinion on how society works or more specifically about the American dream and the harsh realities of it. Overall, even if it’s a challenging book for some, I feel everyone should still give it a try as you will feel accomplished after reading it. 3/4.
@novelidea of the Hamilton Public Library's Teen Review Board

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a_pitts Jul 05, 2017

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

Jun 13, 2016

"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."

Jun 05, 2016

“Can’t repeat the past?…Why of course you can!”

Aug 29, 2015

“The loneliest moment in someone’s life is when they are watching their whole world fall apart, and all they can do is stare blankly.”

Jun 10, 2015

"You can still see that green light.."

Laura_X May 15, 2015

In his blue gardens men and girls came and went like moths among the whisperings and the champagne and the stars.

ilowelife Mar 28, 2014

Unlike Gatsby and Tom Buchanan, I had no girl whose disembodied face floated along the dark cornices and blinding signs, and so I drew up the girl beside me, tightening my arms. Her wan, scornful mouth smiled, and so I drew her up again closer, this time to my face.

nicolajruiz Feb 25, 2014

A breeze blew through the room, blew curtains in at one end and out the other like pale flags, twisting them up toward the frosted wedding-cake of the ceiling, and then rippled over the wine-colored rug, making a shadow on it as wind does on the sea.

2pod Feb 14, 2014

unjustly accused of being

ericnorcross Sep 22, 2013

Most of the big shore places are closed now, and there are hardly any lights except the shadowy moving glow of a ferry boat across the sound. As the moon rose higher the inessential houses began to melt away, until gradually I became aware of the old island here that flowered once for Dutch sailor's eyes. A fresh green breast of the new world. It's vanished trees, the trees that made way for Gatsby's house, had once pandered in whispers to the last and greatest of all human dreams and for a transitory enchanted moment man must have held his breath in the presence of this continent, compelled into an aesthetic contemplation he neither understood 'nor desired, face to face for the last time in history with something commensurate to his capacity for wonder.

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Feb 17, 2017

Other: Alcohol and smoking. This happened in the 20s

Feb 17, 2017

Sexual Content: Cheating, kissing, dating

Feb 17, 2017

Coarse Language: Infrequent. No s word and f word. Just damn, hell, son of bitch

Apr 21, 2016

Sexual Content: Sexual innuendos

Apr 21, 2016

Violence: Car accidents, violence, murder

Nataliasay97 Jul 10, 2013

Other: uses some terms such as bootlegging

Mar 04, 2013

Sexual Content: Obviously because this book is about the jazz age, there is some sexual content as well as some drinking.

Jan 08, 2012

Other: irrevocable awesomeness.

Nov 24, 2008

Sexual Content: This title contains Sexual Content.


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Apr 21, 2016

Nick the narrator lives next door to Jay Gatsby who is a rich man living in an elaborate house. Throwing many parties with many guests. He is infatuated with a woman named Daisy which motivates many of his decisions.

Jun 10, 2015

I man falls in love and after many years, the woman he loves has been married and has a daughter. Her cousin is a middle man in the relationship to help them sneak around behind the husbands back.

Nataliasay97 Jul 10, 2013

Nick lives next door to a mysterious man named Gatsby, who throws parties. Nick becomes friends with him and learns that he is in love with Daisy.

Tom is suspicious of this, and he tries to prove that Gatsby is not who he seems. Daisy says that she will leave Tom for Gatsby.
Daisy then refuses to leave Tom for him, and makes him drive her home. Daisy is at the wheel when the car hits someone- coincidentally, Myrtle Wilson, Tom's other woman.

Mr. Wilson discovers his wife's affair, and asks around about the car that hit her . So, thinking that Gatsby hit her, Mr. Wilson goes to Gatsby's house and shoots him, and then shoots himself.

Gatsby dies alone, because no one shows up to his funeral except for Nick and his father.

JODI ARONOFF Jun 25, 2012

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 of the fabulously wealthy Jay Gatsby and his 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.


tt14 Jun 18, 2012

This book was so fun and crazy at the same time. Got to check it out.

FavouriteFiction Sep 30, 2009

Poor officer Gatsby falls in love with flighty Daisy, but while he is away overseas she marries another man. He returns years later as a mysterious millionaire and tries to win her back.

Nov 24, 2008

“The story of the fabulously wealthy Jay Gatsby and his love for the beautiful Daisy Buchanan, of lavish parties on Long Island at a time where gin was the national drink and sex the national obsession, it is an exquisitely crafted tale of America in the 1920s."

heatherlynn Mar 14, 2008

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