Paperback, 180 pages

English language

Published Aug. 9, 2004 by Scribner.

ISBN:
978-0-7432-7356-5
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OCLC Number:
57215622

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4 stars (77 reviews)

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 new love for the bearutiful Daisy Buchanan, of lavish parties on Long Island at a time when The New York Times noted "gin was the national drinnk 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. (back cover)

78 editions

Perfectly narrated

5 stars

I first listened to this audiobook of The Great Gatsby in April 2010, so nine years ago, and see from my Goodreads that I rated it 4 stars. Frank Muller does a wonderful job of the narration for my edition. His laconic style perfectly suits the story. This recording is no longer available through Audible though so the Amazon links in my blog post go to a Jake Gyllenhaal narrated edition instead.

Listening to the story again now I'm wavering between a four and five star rating. I absolutely love Fitzgerald's prose style which is clear and elegant, yet beautifully richly detailed. His portrayal of these essentially unlikeable selfish people is redolent with jazz age atmosphere and I am in awe of his ability to actually get me to care deeply about what happens to them and the catastrophe they create for themselves. What I didn't like however is Fitzgerald's …

So Happy To Experience It Again!

5 stars

I was (like many) forced to read The Great Gatsby in high school, though I wish I hadn't as I was incapable of truly appreciating it at the time.

As others have mentioned, Fitzgerald's prose is unbelievable. In just a few words he can paint vivid imagery in your mind with layers of depth and analysis to accompany the emotions. The story and characters are beautifully written with a natural complexity that avoids the cliche 'good guys' & 'bad guys' we typically experience.

Just from my perspective alone, I found many themes and interpretations to the story which resonated with me, just to name a few:

  • Clinging to the past and trying to repeat history expecting a different outcome. Recently this has tied nicely into my romantic life, where I've been noticing some repetition compulsion.
  • Nick's character in general was someone I found myself heavily relating to, as I feel …

My review of 'The Great Gatsby'

No rating

The Great Gatsby is in the public domain this year! And as a celebration, NPR's Planet Money team did a full, unabridged reading of the book and put it out for all to listen to! This was a fun book to return to. I read it in high school, but as is often the case with teenagers, I did not have the attention or experience to appreciate it's skillful writing. One of the things I like about this novel is how short it is. I love books I can read in an afternoon. It makes it possible to digest the whole thing in a day, and then just mull over the narrative for awhile. I recommend listening to this BBC In Our Times Episode on The Great Gatsby before listening to the book. I found that it primed me really nicely to take better note of the magnificent imagery …

Review of 'The Great Gatsby' on 'Goodreads'

4 stars

I have long been a fan of [a:F. Scott Fitzgerald|3190|F. Scott Fitzgerald|https://d.gr-assets.com/authors/1427040571p2/3190.jpg], but I have never believed that Gatsby was his best story. It is possible that I have been wrong all these years.

Or maybe it's simply that the story read by a man in his late 30s means something much different than the same story read twenty years earlier. There are more boats on the current, more past to reach ceaselessly back into.

Given how much has already been written about this book, it's probably best to leave my review at that.

Review of 'The Great Gatsby' on 'Goodreads'

2 stars

Not sure why everybody loves this book and why it's considered a classic, I found it to be dull and not a particularly view of the 1920's. I didn't like any of the characters, they fell very flat and not well developed. Maybe if the book was longer a bit more time could have been spent making the book so that I would like it.

Highlight of the book for me (and why it gets a 2star rating) was when the obviously drunk driver, hits a wall and rips the wheel off the car, people gather round to see what is up when the driver finally gets out of the car and comments that he didn't notice that they had stopped. Had me laughing.

Review of 'The Great Gatsby' on 'Storygraph'

5 stars

A mesmerizing read, The Great Gatsby has endeared me further to Fitzgerald's work. I found this book to be a wonderful mix of solemn commentary and bright facade. The rush of love that continues beyond its means and the lonely liveliness of wealth and sunny-day friends. My expectations after having read and heard of this book have not been let down. It truly was a great book, which I'd be delighted to read again.

Review of 'The Great Gatsby' on 'Goodreads'

4 stars

Nick Carraway moves in next door to the young and mysterious millionaire, Jay Gatsby. Nick is soon following the dramas of Gatsby’s quixotic passion for Daisy Buchanan. Often hailed as the “Great American Novel”, F Scott Fitzgerald’s magnum opus is a portrait of the Jazz Age and the great American dream.

We all know the story, we’ve either been forced to read it in school or we’ve seen the movie, I wanted to reread this in the lead up the terrifying new adaptation by Baz Luhrmann. I remember reading it when I first started become a serious reader and I thought I would look at what I originally wrote and try and dissect and expand on it now that I think I’ve improved in reading critically.

First of all “One of the most interesting aspects of The Great Gatsby is the Point of View”, while this has probably …

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