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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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."

Jay Gatsby had once loved beautiful, spoiled Daisy Buchanan, then lost her to a rich boy. Now, mysteriously wealthy, he is ready to risk everything to woo her back. This is the definitive, textually accurate edition of a classic of twentieth-century literature, The Great Gatsby.

The Corinth Book Group will discuss this book on May 22, 2018 @ 6:30.

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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Sep 27, 2019

I had to read the novel for High School and personally did not enjoy it. The only way I got through the whole book was by using audiobooks. This being said, the author explores really interesting themes and it makes for interesting discussions. So, if you're reading this book, I would highly recommend discussing it with a few other people afterwards. Otherwise, you could probably just pass this one up.

Sep 01, 2019

The Great Gatsby, written by F. Scott Fitzgerald in the 1920s, viewed as an American classic, for it's complexity and depth. We follow Nick, the narrator, as he sees the top elite unravel to show their true selves as liars, cheats, and bootleggers. As the title suggests the story revolves around Jay Gatsby a rich socialite, as he reunites with Daisy, his teenage sweetheart. Now many years later Daisy married and a mother, knowing this Jay insists on them reuniting and has Nick 'introduce' them. This book is for someone 13 years and up since it does cover a few major topics such as; affairs, murder, and smuggling illegal substances into a party. Even though the genre isn’t something I enjoy, Fitzgerald’s writing allows me to connect to the characters and their emotions. In some cases, the writing is very descriptive, so much so that you can actually imagine being inside the book. Then in other parts of the writing the dialogue is vague and perplexing so much so that it can be hard. I would recommend this book to those who may enjoy it, for example, historic lovers might appreciate the authenticity and with hints of action for those who enjoy it. This book may not be a fit for those who enjoy fantasy yet the underlying romance between characters may appeal to romance lovers. All in All, however reading this book allowed me to become familiar with classical writing and novels.


The Great Gatsby is a classic novel written by F. Scott Fitzgerald. While often times well reviewed, I personally was not a big fan. It is difficult to become invested in a story when the characters are unlikable and difficult to identify with. The main character and narrator, Nick, is filled with contradictions and hypocrisy. The title character, Jay Gatsby, is dishonest and close-minded. Their female counterparts, Daisy Buchanan and Jordan Baker, are dishonest, self-centered, superficial, and cynical. While the characters were difficult to tolerate, I will admit that it portrayed the many dimensions of human beings and was incredibly well written. My dislike was a personal preference but I believe everyone should read the novel and come to their own conclusions and judgement. Emily, grade 12, of the Yorba Linda Teen Book Bloggers

Aug 03, 2019

In The Great Gatsby, the author explores many themes that were relevant at the time it was written and includes some that are still relevant to today. Some of these themes include, The American Dream, class, and love and marriage. The author uses great detail when describing things, which can be helpful at times, but at other times I found the way he described certain events or situations to be slightly confusing or hard to understand at first. Even though The Great Gatsby may be a bit of a difficult read (which in my opinion could be due to the writing style), I still believe that it is a book everyone should read at some point in their life as the author discusses many important themes that may help you be more aware of society as Fitzgerald really gave his full opinion on how society works or more specifically about the American dream and the harsh realities of it. Overall, even if it’s a challenging book for some, I feel everyone should still give it a try as you will feel accomplished after reading it. 3/4. @novelidea of the Hamilton Public Library's Teen Review Board

Jul 26, 2019

I read this novel because it is considered one of the greats. I've read a lot of novels from this time period and enjoyed them very much. I found Fitzgerald's description very enjoyable. I was able to follow the plot; but found much of it tedious especially the conversation.
Many novels of the early 20th century often have this tragic theme and sad endings.
The racism in it would be considered unacceptable by today's standards.

I really wish THE LAST TYCOON was his classic, as it was his last novel, written, and I am sentimental about such things; similarly, I wish John Lennon's last album---while he was alive, was his best, but it was not. I think there can be little doubt that GATSBY is Fitzgerald's best, and that it fares well in comparison with any American novelist's best work.

Jul 04, 2019

I found this book beautifully written, and the plot interesting, but because of the english spoken in this... I felt like I missed a lot of major details in the story. It was only after I watched the movie, that I understood the whole plot and actually appreciated it. Would recommend "The Great Gatsby" if you're into expanding your vocabulary and widening your literary horizons!

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.

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.

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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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.

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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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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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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