"The Great Gatsby" is a dazzling social satire, F. Scott Fitzgerald's masterpiece and a milestone in twentieth-century literature, now beautifully ...Show synopsis"The Great Gatsby" is a dazzling social satire, F. Scott Fitzgerald's masterpiece and a milestone in twentieth-century literature, now beautifully repackaged as part of the Penguin Essentials range. 'There was music from my neighbour's house through the summer nights. In his blue gardens men and girls came and went like moths among the whisperings and the champagne and the stars.' Everybody who is anybody is seen at the glittering parties held in millionaire Jay Gatsby's mansion in West Egg, east of New York. The riotous throng congregates in his sumptuous garden, coolly debating Gatsby's origins and mysterious past. None of the frivolous socialites understands him and among various rumours is the conviction that 'he killed a man'. A detached onlooker, Gatsby is oblivious to the speculation he creates, but always seems to be watching and waiting, though no one knows what for. As the tragic story unfolds, Gatsby's destructive dreams and passions are revealed, leading to disturbing consequences. A brilliant evocation of 1920s high society, "The Great Gatsby" peels away the layers of this glamorous world to display the coldness and cruelty at its heart. "Not only a page-turner and a heartbreaker, it's one of the most quintessentially American novels ever written". ("Time"). "He (F Scott Fitzgerald) was better than he knew, for in fact and in the literary sense he invented a "generation"". ("New York Times"). "The most perfectly crafted work of fiction to have come out of America". (Professor Tony Tanner). "The American masterwork, the finest work of fiction by any of this country's writers". ("Washington Post"). F. Scott Fitzgerald was born in St Paul, Minnesota in 1896. He studied at Princeton University before joining the army in 1917. In 1920 he married Zelda Sayre. Their traumatic relationship and subsequent breakdowns became a major influence on his writing. Among his publications were five novels, "This Side of Paradise", "The Great Gatsby", "The Beautiful and the Damned", "Tender is the Night" and "The Last Tycoon" (his last and unfinished work); six volumes of short stories and "The Crack-Up", a selection of autobiographical pieces. F. Scott Fitzgerald died suddenly in 1940.Hide synopsis
The Great Gatsby (Transatlantic Press) – Paperback (2012)
F. Scott Fitzgerald
Paperback, Transatlantic Press 2012
ISBN: 1908533048 ISBN-13: 9781908533043
The Great Gatsby was first published in 1925 and is considered to be F. Scott Fitzgerald's masterpiece. This is a large print edition printed in 16 point font size.The mysterious Jay Gatsby uses his fabulous wealth to create an enchanted world fit for his former love, Daisy Buchanan, now married to Tom. Daisy, though, is a romanticised figment of his own imagination, and the extraordinary world that he creates is equally illusory. He gives lavish, legendary, parties where the guests and gate-crashers enjoy free-flowing ...Show moreThe Great Gatsby was first published in 1925 and is considered to be F. Scott Fitzgerald's masterpiece. This is a large print edition printed in 16 point font size.The mysterious Jay Gatsby uses his fabulous wealth to create an enchanted world fit for his former love, Daisy Buchanan, now married to Tom. Daisy, though, is a romanticised figment of his own imagination, and the extraordinary world that he creates is equally illusory. He gives lavish, legendary, parties where the guests and gate-crashers enjoy free-flowing champagne and cocktails and carefree hospitality. It is easy for modern readers to forget that the story takes place in the time of Prohibition (1920 to 1933) something that would have been immediately apparent when the book was first published. It enforces the nature of the unreal world that Gatsby creates, beyond the reach of the law and the police.But a more sinister reality begins to break through, as idealised romantic figures prove to have human frailties and selfish motivations, and the grandiose world of Gatsby's creation crumbles and disillusion turns to tragedy.A new film, directed by Baz Luhrmann and starring Leonardo DiCaprio as Gatsby and Carey Mulligan as Daisy Buchanan will be released in 2012.Hide
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I read this book back in high school and liked it then. Just a while back i saw that they were turning it into a movie, so i thought i would re read it before i saw the movie. Still a great book. I highly recommend it to anyone and everyone. A great classic.
I read The Great Gatsby many years ago and needed to re-familiarize with it.
I now remember how wonderful a story it is.
We all need to read it again and remember how simple the story really is to like.
My son just graduated as a junior and he had to read Great Gatsby this year in school. Out of all the classic books I read in school Great Gatsby was my favorite. I am famous for saying that I can?t believe kids are still reading the same classic books that I (and my parents) read when we were in ...
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