The Great Gatsby

The Great Gatsby

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Story of Jay Gatsby, the dashing, enigmatic millionaire obsessed with the elusive and spoiled Daisy Buchanan, during the Jazz Age era in which recklessness with money, liquor, women and fast cars pervaded the American consciousness.
Publisher: Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 1991
ISBN: 9780521402309
0521402301
Characteristics: lv, 225 p. : ill. ; 23 cm
Additional Contributors: Bruccoli, Matthew Joseph 1931-

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The mysterious Jay Gatsby embodies the American notion that it is possible to redefine oneself and persuade the world to accept that definition. Gatsby's youthful neighbor, Nick Carraway, fascinated with the display of enormous wealth in which Gatsby revels, finds himself swept up in the lavish l... Read More »


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lunabookworm55
May 15, 2019

The writing here is sooo clunky and takes me right out it, plus the conflict doesn't excite me or seem like a conflict. All these characters are so odd, and not in an endearing way, they sound like aliens half the time, and there's often description that meanders around and could have been defined concisely to give effective imagery.

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blue_eagle_2085
Feb 25, 2019

I think the writing was great. I didn't like the story though. The ending was disappointing for me. I do recommend reading this if you like books like Jane Austen since the writing is great. I just wasn't satisfied with the ending. But that's me.

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kmobuckeye
Feb 21, 2019

This will be an unpopular statement, but because I cant't identify with the lifestyle and the characters I didn't so much care about what happened to them, I just liked the writing

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5297_902
Nov 19, 2018

I like Daisy

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Katpartika
Nov 16, 2018

Yo this book the grat geat by is great for baby children

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Nov 06, 2018

One of the most famous books of all time, and certainly the most famous tragedy, William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet is a passionate romance novel, with humour, love, and death. Although it is written in old english, you can find some books have translated it into modern english. This book regards two families, the Capulet (Juliet’s family) and the Montague’s (Romeo’s family) whomst hate each other. Romeo and Juliet struggle throughout the story to convince their families to put their past aside and let them love each other. I would recommend this story to anybody above the age of 13, and especially people who appreciate romance. I would give this book a 4/5. @Shafyy of the Hamilton Public Library Teen Review Board

I, for one, am not the hopeful optimist and see Gatsby as the dutiful God-like tragic hero he is sought out to be. I think he's a grey character - one that mirrors the author's own. The parallels between them are only too similar, and the misogyny of Fitzgerald is expressed through how he created Daisy, Jordan, and Myrtle as deeply flawed beings. Again, I see Jay Gatsby as an obsessed man with an idea of someone, not "a loving, devout man," but it really is up to interpretation. The irony was well done in the book, along with colour symbolism. @Siri of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

A classic novel that isn't a bore to read, The Great Gatsby tells the story of the insanely rich Jay Gatsby, and his love for Daisy Buchanan, the cousin of our narrator, Nick Carraway. Themes of wealth, obsession, and the American Dream are prevalent throughout the novel, and though majority of the characters are pretty simple minded and boring, the ideas presented are relevant in today's times as much as they were in the 1920s.
- @loona of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Oct 18, 2018

The Great Gatsby is a novel written by F. Scott Fitzgerald. The story is narrated by Nick Caraway, a man who just moved to New York to learn about the bond business. He ends up renting a house in the West Egg district of Long Island. Nick ends up becoming neighbour's with the mysterious yet wealthy Jay Gatsby. Gatsby tells Nick about his quest to win back the love of his life, Daisy Buchanan. He throws parties every week to get her attention, and he rarely attends. After being invited to one, Nick gets the chance to see this lavish lifestyle people live and watch them try to achieve the American Dream. If you are interested in historical fiction novels about nineteen-twenties America, this is a great novel to read. The author analyzes nineteen-twenties American culture that allowed so many people to chase their dream. This novel is an easy read but I would not recommend it for people under the age of twelve because the themes in the novel are hard to understand. Overall, if I had to rate this novel, I would rate it five out of five stars.
- @Sapphirereads of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

The Great Gatsby is different than the books I usually read, but I found it quite interesting. Set in 1925, and narrated by Nick Carraway, the book takes you through the extravagant parties of Mr. Jay Gatsby. Gatsby’s past seems shrouded in mystery, and many of the party goers made guesses about what dark things may lurk there. All in all, I found the book intriguing, although I do wish some of the smaller details were explained in the end. Rating: 4/5
- @IVYBooks of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

F. Scott Fitzgerald's the Great Gatsby is a timeless classic. The themes presented in this novel are ones that will be forever relevant in modern society as well as useful in reflection and insight into the past as well as it is true to its time. Fitzgerald uses his story to persuade the reader of the importance of staying true to oneself as well as the dangers of obsession and tunnel vision in ones dreams. This is a story anyone could find something to relate it to without being too long of difficult of a read. definitely worth taking a look at. Also a wonderful pick for any reading assignment as is carries similar/common themes to virtually any other text/media. 5/5 stars
- @Annacada of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

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Pisinga
Oct 09, 2018

Literature of The Lost Generation to which Fitzgerald belonged, already was analyzed up and down. For mi this work is about love.

HCL_featured Sep 19, 2018

"Challenged at the Baptist College in Charleston, SC (1987) because of "language and sexual references in the book." from www.ala.org American Library Association

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ryner
Aug 22, 2018

I committed to reading this only to fulfill the "an assigned book you hated or didn't finish" category in the Read Harder Challenge 2018. However, back in high school I neither hated it nor didn't finish, so not remembering it at all is the closest I could get to a category match.

After this reread I conclude that it's still forgettable, and I don't imagine I'll remember anything about it again twenty years from now. All of the characters were pretty unlikable. Not sure why it's considered a classic.

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a_pitts Jul 05, 2017

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

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emilyk5
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."

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booksophie
Jun 05, 2016

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

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katedominique
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.”

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GinaGirl21
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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Alanreviews
Feb 17, 2017

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

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Alanreviews
Feb 17, 2017

Sexual Content: Cheating, kissing, dating

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Alanreviews
Feb 17, 2017

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

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csrestall
Apr 21, 2016

Sexual Content: Sexual innuendos

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csrestall
Apr 21, 2016

Violence: Car accidents, violence, murder

Nataliasay97 Jul 10, 2013

Other: uses some terms such as bootlegging

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Hello_Seattle
Mar 04, 2013

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

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Shamhatter
Jan 08, 2012

Other: irrevocable awesomeness.

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mbazal
Nov 24, 2008

Sexual Content: This title contains Sexual Content.

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csrestall
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.

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GinaGirl21
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.

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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.

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mbazal
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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