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The Great Gatsby

604 Ratings: 3.0
A novel by the American author F. Scott Fitzgerald

In 1925, The Great Gatsby was published and hailed as an artistic and material success for its young author, F. Scott Fitzgerald. It is considered a vastly more mature and artistically masterful treatment of Fitzgerald's themes than his earlier … see full wiki

Author: F. Scott Fitzgerald
Genre: Literature & Fiction
Publisher: Scribner
75 reviews about The Great Gatsby
review by . June 29, 2010
Daisy Buchannan tells Nick and Jordan that she hopes for her daughter to turn out unintelligent and pretty:  “'I hope she’ll be a fool—that’s the best thing a girl can be in this world, a beautiful little fool.'”  Daisy realizes that in “this world" — the society of the upper class in the 1920s — intelligence in women carries little value and a pleasant appearance provides the best chance of social distinction.  Daisy’s …
review by . June 29, 2010
I love The Great Gatsby (although I always was one of those kids who loved the books we had to read in high school.) I felt for Gatsby, and got caught up with Nick and the rest of the characters. It was very easy to relate to Gatsby's desire to belong in a higher standing than his own, and the overly easy way that Daisy had of being too rich for her own good.      The Great Gatsby is set in the 1920's, just before The Great Depression, when everything was a little bit …
Quick Tip by . April 12, 2011
I know this book gets quite a bit of praise but for me the novel just does not hold up to the test of time.  In some ways it reads like a modern love triangle or a look into the dysfunctional lives of a the wealthy.  It is an solid and entertaining novel, just not one that I would put in the pantheon of all time greats.
review by . July 27, 2010
It is quite astounding how the story flowed from the beginning ‘til end. I am dumb-founded how tragic the story is. Nevertheless, I am convinced that F. Scott Fitzgerald has moved the readers with this masterpiece. I wish to imply that the title itself is a bit ironic because “great” entails loneliness so long as the story is concerned. The thing is, even though Gatsby is a wealthy man he is actually sad despite of the parties he throws. Despite of its tragic end, the story is …
review by . July 09, 2010
Although this novel is over 80 years old, its themes and issues remain relevant to contemporary society. I have read this book at least once a year for the past eight years. Fitzgerald's characters may not be immediately empathetic, but they all are figures that are believable. The decadence of the Roaring Twenties is the setting for a drama that on one level is about failed romance, but that failed romance is much more. Our narrator, Nick, is not perfect himself, and his lens of the events …
Quick Tip by . October 31, 2010
In an era of school-board mandated this and multicult-approved that, this classic gets overlooked. But, in its lessons on American dreams, capitalist realities, and intimate betrayals, it sums up for me our national obsessions, and our fantasies of reinvention and flight from the past, splendidly. I wish every student would read it, learn from it, and recommend it. It endures beyond this year's bestseller titles...
review by . July 13, 2010
   Even though it has an unhappy ending, The Great Gatsby (published in 1925) is an insightful read. It certainly leaves a mark on one’s impression about the opulent past.Therefore, without a doubt, The Great Gatsby is one of my favorite literary novels. It’s one of those books that’s required reading in high school; however, it's also a book that can be savored anytime in life. Whether you're a high school senior or a grandmother, you'll …
review by . June 30, 2010
I know this book is a classic, but it is so awful! Maybe I was too young when I read it (I was in high school) to appreciate the point of the book. I just remember it being full of rich people and their decadent lives. Which sounds like it should be fun, but it was oddly depressing. Honestly, I couldn’t even finish reading it. I just remember this mess of people with hints of infidelity, suppressed love, there was some sort of car accident I think, a big party, and a good representation of …
review by . July 02, 2010
I read this book because it was assigned to me. I honestly loved the book. The author chose to tell Gatsby's story through Nick, a neighbor. At the beginning the book is a bit slow but after a while is one of those you can not put down. I would recommend anyone to read the book because it teaches you about humanity and social classes. The book takes place in the 1920s when women were beginning to come out of there shell. Jordan, Nick's girlfriend, is a good example of how women progresses. …
review by . December 30, 2009
"The Great Gatsby" is a sad book. But perhaps the saddest thing of all is that F Scott Fitzgerald's tragic, moving portrayal of the American Dream demonstrates that the typical American's pre-occupation with the yearning for wealth, class and an easier life can ultimately be so empty, so meaningless and so utterly unfulfilling.       When Nick Carraway left what he saw as a comfortable but mundane existence in the Midwest, he moved East to a magnetic New York City to …
Quick Tip by . August 26, 2010
Glitter age classic. This is to American Literature what 'Citizen Cane' is to movies.
Quick Tip by . August 25, 2010
The Great Gatsby is Fitzgerald at his best. I have read it 5 times and each time I get more from it.
Quick Tip by . August 14, 2010
I read this book in High school. I loved it and count it as one of my all time fave novels. I wanted to be Gatsby!
Quick Tip by . August 08, 2010
great American story depicting life in the "Jazz Age"
review by . June 17, 2010
I first read Gatsby in high school, and then read it again in college, and both times I was struck (I recall) by the remarkable lucidity of the prose, but both times I was a little bored by the plot and the story. Boo hoo, I thought, poor boy falls in love with rich girl and never gets over her, and becomes a gangster to move up the social ladder -- not very interesting.      This time when I read, some 22-23 years later, I was again struck by how good the writing was, and how …
Quick Tip by . July 17, 2010
The unique descriptions in this book are worth reading alone. The characters are so well paired together and interesting in their own rights. It definitely deserves the recognition of an Amrican classic.
Quick Tip by . July 15, 2010
A great American classic. So much symbolism and very enthralling.
Quick Tip by . July 13, 2010
A wonderful read set during the early 20s. Although it has a tragic ending. It also makes you realize that idyllic lifestyles are not always what they seem.
Quick Tip by . July 13, 2010
It was a world I could not relate to as a child so I never really got it.
Quick Tip by . July 13, 2010
I guess this book was okay... there were some cool scenes, but for some reason I just can't get super into it...
Quick Tip by . July 12, 2010
An American classic set in a very interesting time period, the Jazz age. This story requires some analytical thinking but is a great book nonetheless
Quick Tip by . July 12, 2010
I read this book a long time ago. I don't remember that it was that captivating or enlightening. It was kind of an interesting look at that era, how people were living.
Quick Tip by . July 09, 2010
Highly recommended, especially if you know anything about Long Island's North Shore.
Quick Tip by . July 09, 2010
Can hardly remember it that's how much I liked it.
Quick Tip by . July 08, 2010
I preferred reading the Damned and the Beautiful. However, Nafisi's interpretation of G.Gatsby in her book, Reading Lolita in Tehran, elucidates a nice interpretation
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