The Great Gatsby
F. Scott Fitzgerald
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The exemplary novel of the Jazz Age, F. Scott Fitzgeralds' third book, The Great Gatsby (1925), stands as the supreme achievement of his career. T. S. Eliot read it three times and saw it as the "first step" American fiction had taken since Henry James; H. L. Mencken praised "the charm and beauty of the writing," as well as Fitzgerald's sharp social sense; and Thomas Wolfe hailed it as Fitzgerald's "best work" thus far. 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 remarked, "gin was the national drink and sex the national obsession," it is an exquisitely crafted tale of America in the 1920s that resonates with the power of myth. A novel of lyrical beauty yet brutal realism, of magic, romance, and mysticism, The Great Gatsby is one of the great classics of twentieth-century literature.
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!
It's as if it were newly written.
Great prose is so full with poetry that there are moments when you're not quite certain.... Then the sweep and power of this gorgeous story of human dreams and love and tragedy surounds you with irresistible narrative. It reverberates in your mind like ancient bells that, even heard at a distance, you can never forget. Read 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.