“So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past.” ― F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great GatsbyThe Great Gatsby is a 1925 novel by American writer F. Scott Fitzgerald. Set in the Jazz Age on Long Island, the novel depicts narrator Nick Carraway’s interactions with mysterious millionaire Jay Gatsby and Gatsby’s obsession to reunite with his former lover, Daisy Buchanan.A youthful romance Fitzgerald had with socialite Ginevra King, and the riotous parties he attended on Long Island’s North Shore in 1922 inspired the novel. Following a move to the French Riviera, he completed a rough draft in 1924. He submitted the draft to editor Maxwell Perkins, who persuaded Fitzgerald to revise the work over the following winter. After his revisions, Fitzgerald was satisfied with the text, but remained ambivalent about the book’s title and considered several alternatives. The final title he desired was Under the Red, White, and Blue. Painter Francis Cugat’s final cover design impressed Fitzgerald who incorporated a visual element from the art into the novel.Gatsby continues to attract popular and scholarly attention. The novel was most recently adapted to film in 2013 by director Baz Luhrmann, while contemporary scholars emphasize the novel’s treatment of social class, inherited wealth compared to those who are self-made, race, environmentalism, and its cynical attitude towards the American dream. The Great Gatsby is widely considered to be a literary masterpiece and a contender for the title of the Great American Novel.A True Classic that Belongs on Every Bookshelf!
F. Scott Fitzgerald
April 27, 2021
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The Kindle version of this book is different from the original text. Take the first sentence as an example:Original version: “In my younger and more vulnerable years my father gave me some advice that I’ve been turning over in my mind ever since.”Kindle version: “In my younger and extra prone years my father gave me a few recommendation that I’ve been turning over in my mind ever seeing that.”The grammar isn’t even correct. And as my wife says, the whole reason to read Fitzgerald is because of the way he writes. It feels like it was translated into a foreign language and then translated back to English. It is appalling.
The Great Gatsby is a recognized classic. Interestingly, the book did not sell very well during Fitzgerald’s lifetime, and when he died in 1940 he seemed to have regarded the book as a failure. When he died, scholars started to assess his work, and The Great Gatsby was recognized as an important work of literature. Besides its recognition, one must also think about its meaning for us in the present day. The “prohibition” period that he writes about was a strangely decadent period in America. Furthermore, the catastrophes of the Holocaust and WWII changed much about the U.S. and its position in the world. Since then, too, there has been substantial progress in civil rights, including the rights of women. In this sense, his novel seems parochial, and not very relevant for us today: Too much has changed about the world. Nevertheless, I think that if you approach the novel with an open mind and some knowledge of the historical context, you can see elements that remain of interest today. Fitzgerald was struggling with themes that are larger than his times, and still speak to us today. In this sense, I can recommend this book.
I purchased the kindle edition from this page and it is unreadable… I struggled through the first few paragraphs thinking that maybe Fitzgerald had a very strange writing style.. but it became evident quickly that this Kindle edition is a mess. I have never tried to “return” a kindle purchase before.. so lets see how that goes.
Throughout this novel, we are to consider color, rightfully so. In the very beginning we are confronted with a view of skin color as base as it is fearful. The color of skin, the color of grass, the color of automobiles. Perhaps silver: a color drained of ambition and purpose: the literal silver-spoon-borne-illness that welcomes the Daisy(s) and Toms of this world describes a lack of depth and consequence. They are twice removed, twice protected by the soft element 47, the color of the ruling class. Their pearls, mined from the blue-green ocean, abutting the emerald green forested continent, match silver skin bathed in silver threads. And friendships. One is silver and the other gold. The new friend becomes the most reliable narrator, the most crystal lens through which we are all to view and admire a colorful life. “The old sport,” takes careful measure of the colorless characters with which he shares these pages and finds that vibrancy died with the Gatsby. Gatsby’ obituary is certainly spectroscopic; the silver light splinters and all is color.
Fine for reading.Disappointing quality for such a quality piece of literature. Looks self published 😪 cover art is printed in a really bad low resolution print with color bleeding — not above the quality of a home printer.
Incredibly small print. Cheap printed version by Amazon.
Something is wrong with this edition. It’s as if it was translated from a foreign language by someone who barely speaks English. Hard to explain, but within the first few sentences you’ll realize something went badly wrong with it.
I believe the alchemy of time, place and the right talent and drive can create in an author the story and words to compose a portrait of truth and beauty that transcends time; a work of supreme art so rare and splendid that it is revered because our soul longs to be transported to the splendor of a moment in time and desires to be granted the providence to create something so divine that through it we may survive on this Earth forever.As rare and astounding as the art of Rembrandt, Renoir and Rodin, F. Scott Fitzgerald’s short novel casts a spell on me in his painting Love, Truth, Mythology and Tragedy in words so poignant, eloquent and gorgeous that I, a mere mortal, cannot do them justice, so I must quote (though I typically prefer not to):“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.”***“His heart beat faster and faster as Daisy’s white face came up to his own. He knew that when he kissed this girl, and forever wed his unutterable visions to her perishable breath, his mind would never romp again like the mind of God. So he waited, listening for a moment longer to the tuning fork that had been struck upon a star. Then he kissed her. At his lips’ touch she blossomed like a flower and the incarnation was complete.”***“And as I sat there brooding on the old, unknown world, I thought of Gatsby’s wonder when he first picked out the green light at the end of Daisy’s dock. He had come a long way to this blue lawn, and his dream must have seemed so close that he could hardly fail to grasp it. He did not know that it was already behind him, somewhere back in that vast obscurity beyond the city, where the dark fields of the republic rolled on under the night.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—tomorrow 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.”***This is my favorite American novel.
This is considered to be one of the best fiction novels and no doubt it is a great novel. After I watched the movie, I just had to read it and oh boy!, what a beautifully written book. The book definitely arose more emotions than the movie. Gatsby is about the emptiness that is profound in the lifestyle of the society where values are completely distanced from the opulence. The more you read this book, the more you would fall into it.This is a tragic love story. The feelings are intense and at times you would feel so much for Gatsby. There are things you can’t buy with money and that is what is shown profusely in the novel. This is a very simple story but a very very complicated one at the same time. There is a lot of symbolism that one may want to understand a bit in detail. So do a bit of research on those scenarios that the author is building. This one is a classic and will always be with me. I will always revisit this story.Gatsby is a great character that Fitzgerald has developed and many people will relate with him. Daisy is the demure girl that many people would feel so much for. This book rouses emotions and feelings to a different level.
After spending some precious time reading works from this era, I have been trying to stay away from US-based classics telling stories based in the 20th century. I tend to dislike the overall feeling they give me; the way most local authors wrote during this period is definitely not my cup of tea. I, however, started a certain list of classics and finally got to reading this one among others mentioned in the list.So, here are my two pence on the matter: the book uses smooth, general language and is quite easy to read. I definitely recommend it to ESL students who want to test their knowledge of the era.I don’t know if the version I read is a somehow edited version which doesn’t coincide with the original or not; I know this was done often back in the days and not only in the US. What bothers me is how could this turn into the epitome of flapper, of la mode, of fashion and lifestyle when even Gatsby’s own lifestyle is barely touched upon in the book. Obviously, I’m misguided by the visual adaptations of the story. Be warned, ye who may end up in my shoes!The story seems very slow during most of the book, but there are huge leaps at the very last of the pages. I almost missed the huge event (starting vague to eliminate spoiler possibilities, even though it’s a classic) because it was written somewhere at the end of a book I found very exhausting.The last chapters have 1,000% the action of all the previous ones. I found it lacking in parties, vague when it comes to relationships, flat when it comes to character development of secondary characters. The only character amongst these pages who was worth it for me was our protagonist. I guess I expected too much from Gatsby and the ladies.I am fully aware that writing a somewhat negative review of a classic is a risky endeavor. However, I think honesty, especially in this case, cannot hurt anyone.
I had no idea what to expect as I hadn’t seen any of the films. I also have a beautiful little hardback edition that I picked up for 20p from the Salvation Army. The pages have lovely gold edging and there is a blue ribbon for a bookmark. The cover oozes glamour and makes me think of the high society of the 1920s.The American born author F. Scott Fitzgerald wrote this novel in 1925. He also wrote other notable novels and short stories.It’s the story of Jay Gatsby’s obsession with his old flame Daisy Buchanan. Daisy is a married woman. After getting his neighbor Nick to help him meet up with Daisy, Jay begins an affair with her and trouble ensues. Privilege and wealth are not enough. Daisy suffers from her husband’s obvious infidelity. Yet she takes the same path with Gatsby. Gatsby is a creepy character. I was uncomfortable at his determination to get Daisy back. Gatsby admits that he threw lavish parties in the hope that Daisy would turn up with her circle of friends. People didn’t need invitations to his parties. They showed up and that was fine by him. The story is exciting, gripping and full of action.The book made me think about wealth and carelessness. In the story wealth is about money. Wealth can also mean having adequate food, water and shelter. Wealth can be from love. We are wealthy when we have a supportive family. It made me think that when we do have in abundance food, love, toilet roll (Ahem!) etc. do we care if others have enough? Whilst making sure we have stocked up do we cause others to not have anything? The behaviour of some people during the current crisis springs to mind. Tom and Daisy lived a life based on their own selfish needs. Gatsby used his riches to impress Daisy. He wanted her back in spite of her Husband.Yet, thank God for the good people who do care. The character Nick Carraway is a good guy. He does contribute to some questionable behaviour but his heart is in the right place. He reminds them all on how lucky they are.It’s a great story and I was definitely gripped from the start. I liked the description and I loved the romance. It’s not a large novel, my edition is 183 pages and I read it in 2 or 3 sittings. I would definitely recommend it.
I bought this Kindle copy of the book and the text make no sense at all. If you look at the opening paragraph you can see it makes no sense. The actual book is brilliant and is worded completely differently. This appears to be a ‘very bad translation’ of the actual text.
I really don’t understand why this book is considered a classic. Perhaps 100 years ago it was considered good, but it is difficult to understand why. Only just over 100 pages long, which was a relief. Poor character development, an uninteresting plot, dialogue between the characters dated and boring. Maybe its just Americans pretending they like this book, to pretend that they are intelligent, because there is no reason otherwise to waste time on this
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