The Great GatsbyBook - 2013
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
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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 »
OPLTEENBOOKLISTS Jul 24, 2019
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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"I was within and without, simultaneously enchanted and repelled by the inexhaustible variety of life."
"So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past."
"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."
“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.”
In his blue gardens men and girls came and went like moths among the whisperings and the champagne and the stars.
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.
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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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
“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."
Coarse Language: Infrequent. No s word and f word. Just damn, hell, son of bitch
Sexual Content: Obviously because this book is about the jazz age, there is some sexual content as well as some drinking.