The only authorized edition of the twentieth-century classic, featuring F. Scott Fitzgerald’s final revisions, a foreword by his granddaughter, and a new introduction by National Book Award winner Jesmyn Ward.
The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald’s third book, stands as the supreme achievement of his career. First published in 1925, this quintessential novel of the Jazz Age has been acclaimed by generations of readers. The story of the mysteriously 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.
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Most of us were assigned F. Scott Fitzgerald’s classic novel in high school, but it’s 100 percent worth revisiting as an adult—the social satire and the heartbreak both hit harder. Jay Gatsby's quest to remake himself into a socialite feels unexpectedly familiar in an age when we we curate the perfect version of our lives on social media. (The status-conscious Fitzgerald even set this story in the Hamptons, past and present playground of the wealthy and fabulous.) Honestly, The Great Gatsby couldn't feel more of-the-moment if Daisy Buchanan's last name were actually Kardashian.
One of the best books that ever was and ever will be.
Incredible characters & really a timeless classic!
This book is in the public domain. Save your nine dollars to see the movie after finishing the book.
Being familiar with storytelling myself, quite a few major if not fatal flaws stood out when reading this. I understand why this story has such cultural significance in the United States, but it doesn’t hide the fact many decisions Fitzgerald made plagued what could’ve been a great dramaztion of his own life.
Telling the story from Nick’s perspective is by far one of the weakest ways of telling this story. Nick’s perspective only makes the intentions of every other character needlessly abscured. Imagine how tense and dramatic the story could be from the perspective of Daisy or Tom. Nick’s naive character doesn’t add much at all to the dynamics and themes of James Gatz, Tom, or Daisy.
In addition, Gatsby’s mysterious aura is vastly overplayed. His inter-personal relations don’t shine with the same lush emotions that Scott possessed and could have implemented from his own life and his troubled marriage with Zelda.
There were so many things the story could’ve done better for the sake of telling what could’ve been a heartbreaking yet sober battle of lust and materialism. Ultimately, The Great Gatsby is a disappointingly flat story.