The Great Gatsby

The Great Gatsby

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The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald's portrait of the Jazz Age in all its decadence and excess, is, as editor Maxwell Perkins praised it in 1924, "a wonder." It remains one of the most widely read, translated, admired, imitated and studied twentieth-century works of American fiction.

This deceptively simple work, Fitzgerald's best known, was hailed by critics as capturing the spirit of the generation. In Jay Gatsby, Fitzgerald embodies some of America's strongest obsessions: wealth, power, greed, and the promise of new beginnings.

The recording includes a selection of letters written by Fitzgerald to his editor, Maxwell Perkins, his agent, Harold Ober, and friends and associates, including Willa Cather, H.L. Mencken, John Peale Bishop and Gertrude Stein.

Performed by Tim Robbins

Publisher: Harpercollins, 2013.
Edition: Unabridged
ISBN: 9780060824594
Branch Call Number: eAudio
Additional Contributors: Axis 360 (Firm)


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180 pages - literary fiction/modern classic, published in 1925

JCLEmmaC Apr 01, 2020

I read this a few years ago for school and enjoyed it and all of the 1920's glamour and romance. This time around I enjoyed the story more whereas before I was deeply analyzing the many different aspects of the novel. This book was entertaining for me to read in both situations, and is a good sto... Read More »

Narrated by Nick Carroway, Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby tells the story about one man, his journey seeking the American Dream, and the woman he loved and let get away.

"I will probably get some protests about this, but I really did not like The Great Gatsby. I thought it was so boring. I couldn't finish it."

JCLJulieT Mar 12, 2013

I read this one in high school, like almost everyone else. Now, 12 years later, I read it again. It was pretty good. I like the 1920s, I like the glamor and drunk-richness. I like Daisy (I remember in HS, everyone though she was weak, or a villain, or something. Sure, she isn't brave, but I think... Read More »

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Apr 03, 2021

I loved this book, highly recommend it. Has a very good format, definitely check it out.

Apr 01, 2021

I read this book for class and I kind of liked it. It is about 4 individuals attempting to achieve the American Dream but are destroyed in the process. I only liked it because I found Fitzgerald’s commentary on the American Dream interesting. I disliked the characters because they had terrible personalities and acted in terrible ways. For these reasons, I give the book 3 stars. I would rate this book for ages 14 and over because I think it includes mature content that younger audiences may not be able to handle.

Barrie_Teen_Lists Mar 24, 2021


In F. Scott Fitzgerald’s classic novel, The Great Gatsby, a decline of the American dream in the nineteen twenties was witnessed through society member’s selfish and aggressive pursuit of happiness. F. Scott Fitzgerald’s novel, The Great Gatsby, largely references many aspects of Fitzgerald’s personal life.

Nick Carraway, one of the honest and decent characters in the novel, narrates the story from his point of view. He tells a story of a summer that he spent on Long Island, New York, with his second cousin, Daisy Buchanan, her husband, Tom Buchanan, female golf pro, Jordan Baker, Myrtle (Tom Buchanan’s side fling), and Jay Gatsby. Nick best describes Daisy and Tom Buchanan when he states, “They were careless people, Tom and Daisy--they smashed up things and creatures and then retreated back into their money or their vast carelessness, or whatever it was that kept them together, and let other people clean up the mess they had made”.

Jay Gatsby is initially portrayed as a gracious and polite gentleman who likes to give lavish parties, but throughout the novel the reader learns of his flaws. His major downfall results from his love for Daisy Buchanan, who was an old flame of Gatsby’s, but who is now married. Despite this fact, he still seeks to win Daisy’s love.

Throughout the novel, there are many lavish parties with drunken society members, a couple of affairs, and beatings all resulting in horrible consequences for the main characters of the novel. The members of society continually try to find happiness in these never-ending parties. In the 1920s, women were traditionally marginalized. Through Fitzgerald’s portrayal of men and women’s societal roles in The Great Gatsby, the reader learns that women were often thought of as being inferior to men. Daisy and Myrtle are portrayed to be greedy, gold-diggers who want to be well-liked.

The love lives of all the main characters are thwarted and they turn out to be dissatisfied. These characters end up feeling melancholy or tragically die.

As humanity chased the American dream in the 1920s in a patriarchal society, women strived to change their social class but were, for the most part, dominated by the men in their lives. Although limited in their societal roles in the 1920s, women sought equality and justice, as women continue to do in today’s society.

F. Scott Fitzgerald’s novel, The Great Gatsby, skillfully portrays the decline of the American dream in the Jazz Age. The Great Gatsby has also been made into a movie, the earlier version wherein Jay Gatsby is played by Robert Redford and a later movie wherein Jay Gatsby is played by Leonardo DiCaprio. I enjoyed watching the earlier version which helped me better understand the novel.

I suggest that high school students read this novel as it will most likely be studied in English class during one of the years while attending high school.

Mar 14, 2021

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

Feb 23, 2021

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald holds an abundance of things, that are still prevalent within today’s society. Personally, I enjoyed the book throughout. It portrayed several themes that the reader can fall into; the one most prevalent being the American Dream. It is a classic book that anyone 15+ should read; it shows the troubles that the characters surrounding the protagonist, Nick Carraway go through, through the lust for money and love. Fitzgerald could have possibly worked on making the beginning chapters more interesting, but overall he worked hard and gave the moral message that the American dream was not attainable back in the 1920s, just as it is not attainable now, in the 21st century. I agree strongly with this take as it is so expensive just to live; especially in the U.S. By the end of the novel I was deep within the book and I just had to get to the end of the novel! Furthermore, Fitzgerald wrote perfectly about the past and brought in key parts of history that individuals can learn in an American History course, hence the rating of 15+. This book, again, is a classic and truly encapsulates the energy that has been relived in our world, nearly a century later. 3.5/5 stars
@tigercats04 of the Hamilton Public Library's Teen Review Board

Nov 29, 2020

The Roaring 20’s serves to fascinate many, and we often look back on it as a time of parties and prosperity. The arts took on a completely different meaning, and it is characterized as being lively and full of excitement. However, for some, it is merely a facade, which is seen in F. Scott Fitzgerald’s classic novel, The Great Gatsby. The narrator, Nick, serves as an outside perspective as he tells the story of the wealthy, and those aspiring to become wealthy. He is most intrigued by Jay Gatsby, a man of new money who has built his fortune in order to capture the eye of his lost married love, Daisy Buchanan. Nick becomes drawn into the world of the upper class, yet slowly discovers that it is not all that it appears to be. Under the surface lies deceit, corruption, and atrocities, many of which are done by those who appear to be innocent. He learns that no one is who they seem to be.

This is one of my favorite novels, and also one that appears in many school curriculums. Many are fascinated with the wealthy and even hope to become wealthy themselves, essentially subscribing to the idea of the American Dream. However, this novel strongly exposes the notion that working to attain the American Dream is commonly fruitless. It initially appears attainable, but is unrealistic for those who have unrealistic ideals. The social commentary is astounding, and makes an amazing novel for analyzing a variety of human truths.

I highly recommend this novel because it reveals much about human nature and has a variety of themes common to many other novels. Furthermore, it is likely that you will read it in class eventually, so analyzing and understanding the book beforehand can prove to be extremely useful.

Age rating: 14+
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Nov 10, 2020

This novel is a classic, and it is a beautiful depiction of love, loss, and nostalgia. It contains a good amount of symbolism, and the usage of grandiose imagery makes it an enjoyable read. The characters are very complex, and almost all of their actions have multiple meanings to them.

Oct 27, 2020

Nick Carraway moves to the east coast in order to work as a bond trader in Manhattan. There he meets his cousin Daisy Buchanan, her husband Tom, and their friend Jordan Baker. Nick also meets his next-door neighbor Jay Gatsby at one of the many parties he throws. Nick then starts dating Jordan and the story is taken up a notch when Jordan reveals that Gatsby once had a type of relationship with Daisy. I like this book because of the continuous plot twists and an overall intriguing story.

Sep 30, 2020

The Great Gatsby is a classic American literature book, and dare I say, one of the best. The novel is set during the Roaring 20’s in America; the narration is from Nick Carraway’s point of view, a man from a well-to-do family who had just finished fighting the war, and was looking to sell bonds. He moves to East Egg, the slightly less grand area filled with nouveau riche in comparison to West Egg, right opposite of Gatsby's mansion. Gatsby is mega-rich and throws magnificent parties every weekend which the whole town attends. However the host is never seen during these parties, and is never completely known by any one person. Gatsby holds a dark secret about his past and how he acquired his wealth, and the uncovering of his secrets builds up to his downfall.
The Great Gatsby is so much more than a love story. It’s a novel about infidelity, crime, and the American Dream/psyche. Gatsby is the epitome of all these themes combined, and the symbolism in this book easily connects with our modern society. Whether it’s Doctor Eckleburg’s eyes, or the green light across from Daisy’s house, many of the symbols hinted in this novel portray what many teens would consider to be in relation with their lives.
The five major themes of this book can be related to what we are experiencing today: Jay Gatsby embodies America itself and the essence of the American Dream, wealth defines American identity and ultimately leads to a loss of morality and gross income inequality, cheating has become the guidebook in American culture as a means to an end, teens today strive for their own idealized American Dream and Romantic Dream of success, and the pathology and behavior of Tom and other characters in Gatsby mirror the pathology of leaders in the Trump era. I encourage readers to look into these themes and to decide for themselves the true message that Fitzgerald wishes for readers to register in his novel.

pacl_teens Sep 11, 2020

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald is a classic novel. This novel is about a rich man, Jay Gatsby, and his love for a married woman, Daisy Buchanan as told from the POV of Daisy’s cousin and Gatsby’s close friend Nick Carraway. As Nick moves to New York for his new job he ends up living next door to the wealthy Jay Gatsby. Gatsby is a man of mystery and elegance every night he holds huge parties at his mansions to attract the woman he once loved, Daisy. When Nick goes to his house one night they become close friends and Gatsby sees this as his way to get close to Daisy. But how far is Gatsby willing to go and how many people will get hurt in the process?

This book is a classic and it is one that everyone should read at some point in their lives. First of all, I loved the amount of symbolism the author used throughout the story. By using this literary device he was able to get the story through to his readers by using another method besides using words to write it out. Second, I loved Gatsby in this book. He had a very persevering and friendly personality, he is exactly the type of person you would want to be friends with. I also liked how he was hopelessly in love with Daisy, this showed that even wealthy men can have a soft spot for love which is depicted well in the book. Next, I loved the friendship between Nick and Gatsby, there were times when it did not seem genuine but overall they had a nice and mutual friendship. Lastly, I think that the author ended the book beautifully. Even though there were some sad parts throughout the book he was able to tie everything together really well.

In short, this is an amazing read for someone who loves a quick and educational read. Even though most people will read this book during their high school career I think everyone should try to read this book willingly instead of forcefully because I think they will enjoy it. -Eunchae, Grade 10

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Jan 21, 2021

"I was within and without, simultaneously enchanted and repelled by the inexhaustible variety of life."

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.

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Jul 21, 2020

Nick Carraway, an academic businessman, has just arrived at his new house in Long Island in the West Egg district. He has moved East from Chicago in search of the tantalizing hum of the East coast that so many young people yearn for. Next-door resides the legendary Jay Gatsby in his lavish home. Gatsby is a man of high profile, holding large and boisterous parties and demonstrating his immense wealth derived from sources unknown. Just across the water, in the East Egg, is Nick's charming cousin Daisy and her harsh husband Tom Buchachan. It's common knowledge that Tom is having an affair with Myrtle, the unhappy wife of the lackluster George Wilson, the manager of a gas station between Long Island and New York City. As Nick becomes more and more acquainted with his neighbors and deeper and deeper into the frivolities the '20s were known for, he becomes more and more perplexed at Gatsby's character and success. When it is revealed that Gatsby fell desperately in love with Daisy five years ago and wants to be with her again, power becomes more valuable than loyalty.

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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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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