A true classic of twentieth-century literature, this edition has been updated by Fitzgerald scholar James L.W. West III to include the author’s final revisions and features a note on the composition and text, a personal foreword by Fitzgerald’s granddaughter, Eleanor Lanahan—and a new introduction by two-time National Book Award winner Jesmyn Ward.
Nominated as one of America’s best-loved novels by PBS’s The Great American Read.
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.
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Great glimpse into the era
I loved reading this book for a few reasons. First, it gives a great glimpse of the era. Reading it, you feel as though you were living during the '20s between Long Island and NYC. Second, I enjoyed the development of a healthy number of characters. With each of them, throughout the book, you're left open regarding whether he is good, bad, later to be justified, or later to be vilified. Third, when through, my response was, "Wow," as the conclusion almost imperceptibly gives you the facts to tie together a boatload of things that have happened and statements that were made throughout the book. Upon finishing, I sat with a notebook and wrote about two pages of notes to sort out all that happened, who was good, who was bad, who was at fault, and where truly was the locus of sadness when all was said and done. Great stuff!
The Great Gatsby = Phenomenal
This book captured the 20s era, and then sufficiently and thoroughly displayed the high and low points of the decade. You get to see what New York was like in the twenties through the eyes of the wealthy and socialites.
The famous quote, "All that glitters isn't gold" holds true in this book. Being rich and famous isn't as great as people think it is, as the most popular men and women have their personal lives are exposed, and their selfishness and cold hearts are revealed. The book just shows that you cannot disguise a careless heart, and that sometimes it takes a tragedy for everyone to see the cruel person inside of you.
The symbolism in this book is subtle, yet simple. The messages are clear and inspirational. And the characters and the storyline take you back to the fun, exciting parties and nights in the city, and also the shady, unlawful, sinful ways to gain wealth and popularity.
I am in 8th Grade, and though in the start of this book I was a bit confused, as the story went on I truly fell in love with it!
I read this for English class and I have to say I don't understand what makes this so special that it is taught in American English classes and is considered a classic. It's is entertaining but it is nothing more than a story of the materialistic wealthy and the carelessness of their actions along with the love of one man.