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The Great Gatsby. Then wear the gold hat, if that will move her;. If you can bounce high, bounce for her too,. Till she cry 'Lover, gold-hatted, high-bouncing lover. Title: The Great Gatsby Author: F. Scott Fitzgerald * A Project Gutenberg of Australia eBook * eBook No.: txt Language: English Date first posted. The Great Gatsby. F. Scott Fitzgerald. This web edition published by [email protected] Adelaide. Last updated Wednesday, December 17, at To the best of .
Jay Gatsby, who dreamed a dream with the passion and courage few possess - and the tragedy was that it was a wrong dream colliding with reality that was even more wrong - and deadly. Just like the Great Houdini - the association the title of this book so easily invokes - you specialized in illusions and escape. Except even the power of most courageous dreamers can be quite helpless to allow us escape the world, our past, and ourselves, giving rise to one of the most famous closing lines of a novel. And one fine morning —— So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past. Baby One More Time' when it comes on the radio provided, of course, that my car windows are safely up.
Just like the Great Houdini - the association the title of this book so easily invokes - you specialized in illusions and escape. Except even the power of most courageous dreamers can be quite helpless to allow us escape the world, our past, and ourselves, giving rise to one of the most famous closing lines of a novel. And one fine morning —— So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past.
Baby One More Time' when it comes on the radio provided, of course, that my car windows are safely up. I blame it on my residual teenage hormones. Jay Gatsby, you barged head-on to achieve and conquer your American dream, not stopping until your dreams became your reality, until you reinvented yourself with the dizzying strength of your belief. Your tragedy was that you equated your dream with money, and money with happiness and love. And honestly, given the messed up world we live in, you were not that far from getting everything you thought you wanted, including the kind of love that hinges on the green dollar signs.
Poor Gatsby! Yours is the story of a young man who suddenly rose to wealth and fame, running like a hamster on the wheel amassing wealth for the sake of love, for the sake of winning the heart of a Southern belle, the one whose 'voice is full of money' - in a book written by a young man who suddenly rose to wealth and fame, desperately running on the hamster wheel of 'high life' to win the heart of his own Southern belle.
Poor Gatsby, and poor F. Scott Fitzgerald - the guy who so brilliantly described it all, but who continued to live the life his character failed to see for what it was. The Great Gatsby is a story about the lavish excesses meant to serve every little whim of the rich and wannabe-rich in the splendid but unsatisfying in their shallow emptiness glitzy and gaudy post-war years, and the resulting suffocation under the uselessness and unexpected oppressiveness of elusive American dream in the time when money was plenty and the alluring seemingly dream life was just around the corner, just within reach.
But first and foremost, it is a story of disillusionment with dreams that prove to be shallow and unworthy of the dreamer - while at the same time firmly hanging on to the idea of the dream, the ability to dream big, and the stubborn tenacity of the dreamer, 'an extraordinary gift for hope, a romantic readiness such as I have never found in any other person and which it is not likely I shall ever find again'.
This is why Gatsby is still so relevant in the world we live in - almost a hundred years after Fitzgerald wrote it in the Roaring Twenties - the present-day world that still worships money and views it as a substitute for the American dream, the world that hinges on materialism, the world that no longer frowns on the gaudiness and glitz of the nouveau riche.
In this world Jay Gatsby, poor old sport, with his huge tasteless mansion and lavish tasteless parties and in-your-face tasteless car and tasteless pink suit would be, perhaps, quietly sniggered at - but would have fit in without the need for aristocratic breeding - who cares if he has the money and the ability to throw parties worthy of reality show fame??? Because in the present world just the fact of having heaps of money makes you worthy - and therefore the people whose 'voices are full of money' , who are 'gleaming like silver, safe and proud above the hot struggles of the poor' , people who genuinely believe that money makes them worthy and invincible are all too common.
Tom and Daisy Buchanan would be proud of them. And wannabe Gatsbys pour their capacity to dream into chasing the shallow dream of dollar signs, nothing more. If you read it for school years ago, I ask you to pick it up and give its pages another look - and it may amaze you.
Five green-light stars in the fog at the end of a dock. View all 87 comments. Dec 24, Alex rated it it was amazing. The Great Gatsby is your neighbor you're best friends with until you find out he's a drug dealer. It charms you with some of the most elegant English prose ever published, making it difficult to discuss the novel without the urge to stammer awestruck about its beauty. It would be evidence enough to argue that F. Scott Fitzgerald was superhuman, if it wasn't for the fact that we know he also wrote This Side of Paradise.
But despite its magic, the rhetoric is just that, and it is a cruel facade. Be The Great Gatsby is your neighbor you're best friends with until you find out he's a drug dealer. Behind the stunning glitter lies a story with all the discontent and intensity of the early Metallica albums.
At its heart, The Great Gatsby throws the very nature of our desires into a harsh, shocking light. There may never be a character who so epitomizes tragically misplaced devotion as Jay Gatsby, and Daisy, his devotee, plays her part with perfect, innocent malevolence. Gatsby's competition, Tom Buchanan, stands aside watching, taunting and provoking with piercing vocal jabs and the constant boast of his enviable physique. The three jostle for position in an epic love triangle that lays waste to countless innocent victims, as well as both Eggs of Long Island.
Every jab, hook, and uppercut is relayed by the instantly likable narrator Nick Carraway, seemingly the only voice of reason amongst all the chaos. But when those boats are finally borne back ceaselessly by the current, no one is left afloat. It is an ethical massacre, and Fitzgerald spares no lives; there is perhaps not a single character of any significance worthy even of a Sportsmanship Award from the Boys and Girls Club.
In a word, The Great Gatsby is about deception; Fitzgerald tints our glasses rosy with gorgeous prose and a narrator you want so much to trust, but leaves the lenses just translucent enough for us to see that Gatsby is getting the same treatment.
And if Gatsby represents the truth of the American Dream, it means trouble for us all. Consider it the most pleasant insult you'll ever receive. View all 65 comments. Sep 29, Pollopicu rated it did not like it. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. This is my least-favorite classic of all time. Probably even my least favorite book, ever.
I didn't have the faintest iota of interest in neither era nor lifestyle of the people in this novela. So why did I read it to begin with? I've been surprised by many books, many a times. Thought this could open a new literary door for me. Most of the novel was incomprehensibly lame. I was never fully introduced to the root of the affair that existed between Gatsb This is my least-favorite classic of all time.
I was never fully introduced to the root of the affair that existed between Gatsby and Daisy. So they were in love I've been in love too, who cares? Several times I didn't even understand where characters were when they were speaking to each other.
I also didn't understand the whole affair with Tom and Mrs. Shallow and meaningless characters. Again, who cares? I read this book twice. I just didn't get it. I can't believe this book is revered with the rest of the great classics. Truly unbelievable. Fitzgerald certainly kissed the right asses with this one.
What garbage. Daisy quote: View all comments. Jul 31, svnh rated it did not like it Shelves: After six years of these heated and polarized debates, I'm deleting the reviews that sparked them.
Thanks for sharing your frustrations, joys, and insights with me, goodreaders. Happy reading! In love and good faith, always, Savannah. Jay Gatsby, you poor doomed bastard. You were ahead of your time. If you would have pulled your scam after the invention of reality TV, you would have been a huge star on a show like The Bachelor and a dozen shameless Daisy-types would have thrown themselves at you.
Your knack for self-promotion and over the top displays of wealth to try and download respectability would have fit right in these days. I can just about see you on a red carpet with Paris Hilton. And the ending would have been different. No aftermath for rich folks these days. Lawyers and pay-off money would have quietly settled the matter.
No harm, no foul. So maybe it is better that your story happened in the Jazz Age where you could keep your illusions intact to the bitter end. The greatest American novel? But I think you'd have to include this one in the conversation. View all 28 comments. A Thinkpiece by Me https: Fun fact: All because I saw online that if a college interviewer asks what your favorite book is, you should say The Great Gatsby. Guess what?
The interviewer did ask me what my favorite book was. I panicked and, I think, said All the Light We Cannot See , because it was the first non-embarrassing book that came to mind. My life is just one mistake after another. I loved Daisy then. Which, no.
Picture this: But I still stood up for Daisy. My senior year of high school, my morals and soul and ability to empathize were challenged by six students and a teacher in AP Lit.
And now here I am today, prepared to make the same argument to you all. And win. Does that mean F. Scott Fitzgerald is God? Also, this has literally all of the spoilers. And is long. This is a big deal, apparently. The phone never stops ringing!!! You have nothing but options!! Kidding, kidding. I know I do!
You have a really great kiss. Then the guy has to go off to war. It sucks, sucks, sucks. You two write letters back and forth, but all the while your family is pressuring you.
Society is pressuring you. The war ends. Sweet relief! Except no. The war ended, and you have nothing to tell your parents. So those six dates a day start back up.
And then this guy pops up in town. And buff. And a real society man. You can see the world with him. This guy is Tom Buchanan. So what do you do? You have to marry him. In fact, you really love him for a bit. And then Tom turns out to suuuuuck. Ho-ly shit wait Is there such a thing as a second chance? Your old pal Nick Carraway is back! A friend, how amazing! But waitholdupWHOA what a wild coincidence! The guy who was lowkey the love of your life, Jay Gatsby, is also here!
How, well, coincidental! You can play catch up and see his bougie-ass house and whatnot. So glad Nick is here for some reason let's keep on not letting him leave. Let's get some Gatsby on. No, there is not a chance of life not sucking. All along, even the people you trusted most - Nick, Jordan, Gatsby - have been manipulating you.
And if you think about it, Gatsby is not nice or romantic or kind or fair to lil ol Daisy. At all. His expectations are insane. He got to leave her and build a life for himself and live as he wanted and travel and make up this story and be wealthy and throw parties, while she lived with a cheating husband.
How absolutely tragic. It increased her value in his eyes. It had gone beyond her, beyond everything. He had thrown himself into it with a creative passion, adding to it all the time, decking it out with every bright feather that drifted his way. No amount of fire or freshness can challenge what a man can think up in his ghostly heart.
Not going to happen. Gatsby sucks. She is such a queen. We know this. But guess who is not automatically responsible for his actions??? She totally roasts him up for his Rise of the Colored Empires pseudo-science racism. She simply does not treat people in the same way Tom does.
Do we know that she knows that Gatsby died?
Do we really, really, reallyyyyy know? Like, do we honestlyyyyyy think that the dude who picked up the phone is actually going to tell her he called? He manipulated her, lied to her, treated her like an object and nearly ruined her life. Whatever, man. The car thing She was traumatized.
Gatsby orchestrated the whole cover-up. He took the wheel, he drove away, he hid the car. She had no clue the whole thing would go horribly wrong.
God this was so long. And apologetic. Toward you, for having read a very long thing that I wrote, and toward myself, because I had to write it. This should certainly be enough to prove that Daisy Buchanan is a victim to her circumstances and otherwise noble and great and trying her goddamn best in a world in which everyone treats her like the beautiful fool she is totally not.
Plus her voice is full of money. Now go off in your new happy life of being utterly enamored with Daisy Buchanan. There was one thing I really liked about The Great Gatsby. It was short. View all 29 comments. Oct 23, Gina rated it really liked it Shelves: Daisy Buchanan seemed like a twit of a woman, and I found Jay Gatsby to be pathetically clawing in his attempt to attain her.
Fitzgerald has a discerning ability for sharp critiques of the economically privileged and, like Jane Austin, has an ear for realistic, bantering dialogue. And like many Americans in the throes of Capitalism, Gatsby believes that money can download beauty as well as love. One critique of The Great Gatsby , which could also be argued as a positive, is the limited scope of action and themes Fitzgerald chooses to encapsulate.
We only see the wealthy elite or people wanting to be the wealthy elite , and only Nick really has any depth of characterization. Unlike a tome, such as War and Peace , Gatsby fails to have numerous interwoven plotlines within a grand historical context.
Gatsby is short and easily accessible, and I have no doubt these aspects of the novel do lend to its everlasting popularity. At the same time, it should never diminish its truly admirable ability to tease apart some of the most confounding qualities American culture values: View all 25 comments. May 02, Stephen rated it it was amazing Shelves: Casual, self-absorbed decadence, the evaporation of social grace, money calling all the shots and memories of the past holding people hostage from the future that lies before them.
Yes, Mr. Fitzgerald has nailed it and written one of THE great American novels. This book was a surprise. At once a scathing indictment on the erosion of the American Dream, but also a bittersweet love letter to the unfailing optimism of the Ame Casual, self-absorbed decadence, the evaporation of social grace, money calling all the shots and memories of the past holding people hostage from the future that lies before them.
At once a scathing indictment on the erosion of the American Dream, but also a bittersweet love letter to the unfailing optimism of the American people. Call it dignified futility…obstinate hopefulness. Whatever you call it, this novel is shiny and gorgeous, written with a sort of breezy pretension that seems to mirror the loose morality of the story. Rarely have I come across a book whose style so perfectly enhances its subject matter.
Standing apart from these happenings while still being part of them is our narrator, Nick Carraway. As the one honest and decent person in the story, Nick stands in stark contrast to the other characters.
I am one of the few honest people that I have ever known. At one point in the story, Nick provides the following description of the pair which I do not think can be improved upon: They were careless people, Tom and Daisy--they smashed up things and creatures and then retreated back into their money or their vast carelessness, or whatever it was that kept them together, and let other people clean up the mess they had made.
In addition, we have Jordan Baker who is a poster child for the pretty, amoral, self-centered rich girl whose view of the world is jaded and unsentimental. The most intriguing character by far is Jay Gatsby himself, both for who he is and for how Fitzgerald develops him through the course of the narrative. When we are first introduced to Gatsby, he comes across as a polite, gracious, well-mannered gentleman with a magnetic personality who our narrator takes to immediately. He had one of those rare smiles with a quality of eternal reassurance in it, that you may come across four or five times in life.
It faced, or seemed to face, the whole external world for an instant and then concentrated on you with an irresistible prejudice in your favor. It understood you just as far as you wanted to be understood, believed in you as you would like to believe in yourself.
Rather than do this, they simply keep moving. Both heart-wrenching and strangely comforting at the same time. I guess in the end, this was a book that made me feel a lot and that is all I can ever ask. And as I sat there, brooding on the old, unknown world, I thought of Gatsby's wonder when he first picked out Daisy's light at the end of his dock. He had come such a long way to this blue lawn, and his dream must have seemed so close he could hardly fail to grasp it.
But what he did not know was that it was already behind him, somewhere in the vast obscurity beyond the city, where the dark fields of the republic rolled on under the night.
View all 55 comments. Sep 24, Miranda Reads rated it it was ok Shelves: Reserving judgments is a matter of infinite hope. I was within and without, simultaneously enchanted and repelled by the inexhaustible variety of life.
Jay Gatsby is rich - the kind of exorbitant rich that 2. Jay Gatsby is rich - the kind of exorbitant rich that other rich people like to hang out with him, just so they can bask in his richness. He's also in love, with one Daisy Buchanan Our narrator has front row seats to all the glitz, the glam and the gore that circles around Jay Gatsby's chaotic life.
Cause, whenever you throw that much money at something, you better be prepared for something to be thrown back. Overall, I liked this one better the second time around. I'm a bit more familiar with the story, and I have more of a feel for the way Fitzgerald writes.
I really enjoy the character of Gatsby this time around and love Daisy a little bit less. The one thing I disliked in round 1 and have disliked every time I go through this novel is the language.
It just seems SO over-the-top and flowery. It really just takes forever to say anything in this book. Like this: So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past. It was the kind of voice that the ear follows up and down, as if each speech is an arrangement of notes that will never be played again. Gatsby turned out all right at the end; it is what preyed on Gatsby, what foul dust floated in the wake of his dreams that temporarily closed out my interest in the abortive sorrows and short-winded elations of men.
Ultimately, this one was not the one for me. Maybe I'll give it another shot in a couple of years Blog Instagram Twitter View all 62 comments.
This is a good book, though it is so ridiculously overrated. There are so many great books out there that will never get the attention they deserve. They will be forgotten and their wisdom heard by only a select few who are willing to go looking for it.
So it annoys me when books like this are acclaimed by critics and readers alike as the best pieces of fiction in existence when they are not. Anyway, rant over. The thing I like most about The Great Gatsby is the This is a good book, though it is so ridiculously overrated.
As such this is a book that can easily be skimmed over. The plot is basic and relatively unengaging and consequently I think an inattentive reader has a lot to miss here. The way people perceive us is not how we truly are and sometimes individuals actively work towards creating a desired appearance for the outside world. What Gatsby creates for the outside is a dream, an ideal life that looks perfect. However, scratch the surface and it is so very, very, clear that not everything is perfect.
It is fickle, egotistical and driven by status and all the silly little symbols that go with it. His success is what society demands success to be; thus, he positions himself into a place where he can chase his true dream. In doing so Gatsby shows us that not everything is as simple as it appears, and that society driven by such monetary values is a dangerous thing because everybody is so detached from what really matters in life. The object of his affections, for example.
I enjoyed The Great Gatsby though I certainly did not love it. Its popularity baffles me to a degree, I can think of books from the same era that deserve far more attention. View all 24 comments. View all 10 comments. Dec 31, LooseLips rated it liked it Recommends it for: The eh Gatsby Classic. THE great American novel. Hmph, so I heard. I suppose it should make one more interested, or at least feel more compelled to read something or re-read as is the case here when it has "classic" and "everyone else loves it!
And has a movie made out of it, though what beloved novel hasn't these days?
So, even though I was never the type to do homewo The eh Gatsby Classic. So, even though I was never the type to do homework, I read The Great Gatsby because it had a neat cover, Fitzgerald is fun to say, and, of course, the legend of Zelda. Unfortunately for Meredyth, my thoughts on Gatsby 10 years ago are pretty similar to the thoughts I have on it today: How pretty. Pretty decedant. How drippy. How zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz. It's not that I was completely uninterested.
It's that my interest was never piqued to the point of really giving a shit. Sure, who doesn't love a hot mysteriously wealthy man with serious heart ache for a serious material girl? What about those rich dudes who may be crooks but no one can figger out how crooked they are exactly because how crooked can you be if you throw such mean hoedowns?!
And when all the other characters are unforgivable bores, I would prefer that my ambiguous, socially mandated narrator manage to keep me awake. What about those three stars? You ask. Well I can't lie. I do think Fitz had a way with words.
I did find that those subtle nuances of the variations in lifestyle during the depression to be very much in effect, and I would be happy to visit any fictional small town called West Egg.
Or East Egg for that matter. And I get the kind of crazy he was going for in his more psychopathic character, George Wilson, who, because he was in love, becomes the bastiOn of normalcy even when he is driven to murder and his own suicide. FSF did manage to be believably compassionate towards his seemingly less insane characters, who are all on the brink of insanity but still made me drowsy.
There is definitely a part of me that sees how one could be drawn into the twinkly lit world FSF created, supposedly, out of his own reality, and I have noted his passion for the beauty of the unfolding story, such as it is.
But I was disappointed 10 years ago by the story's inability to convince me it wasn't nap time, its unwillingness to point out the the relevance of the individual over society, and the irrelevance of the world Gatsby inhabits, and I was disappointed again this past week.
In summation, be sure to keep an eye out for this writer. Once he writes something more appealing to the masses he's sure to bust out onto the scene soon.
You heard it here first. View all 46 comments. The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald that follows a cast of characters living in the fictional town of West Egg on prosperous Long Island in the summer of The story primarily concerns the young and mysterious millionaire Jay Gatsby and his quixotic passion and obsession for the beautiful former debutante Daisy Buchanan. Considered to be Fitzgerald's magnum opus, The Great Gatsby explores themes of decadenc Considered to be Fitzgerald's magnum opus, The Great Gatsby explores themes of decadence, idealism, resistance to change, social upheaval, and excess, creating a portrait of the Jazz Age or the Roaring Twenties that has been described as a cautionary tale regarding the American Dream.
View 1 comment. Jul 09, Jason rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: Most Americans are assigned to read this novel in high school.
Few American high schoolers have the wherewithal to appreciate this novel in full. I certainly did not. It is on a shortlist of novels that should, every 5 years starting at age 25, return to any American's required reading list. First things first: The opening of The Great Gatsby -- its first pages -- ranks among the best of any novel in the English language, and so too does its ending.
Both for their content and for their prose, Most Americans are assigned to read this novel in high school. Both for their content and for their prose, the latter of which is stunning and near perfect throughout the novel. As for that between the novel's opening and conclusion, two things first. Most of these efforts are absurdly long and often tortured. The Great Gatsby, on the other hand, is relatively short, fluid, and of seemingly effortless yet pristine expression.
At a point in history where Fitzgerald's express focus could hardly have been a tale regarding "the American dream" per se or the writing of "the great American novel", Fitzgerald nevertheless crafts the definitive tale of "the American Dream", as well as, his successors' endeavors aside, "the great American novel". In not so many pages, Fitzgerald paints a brilliantly cogent picture of the potential pleasures, joys, and benefits an individual might deem achievable -- uniquely so -- in an America filled with possibilities.
Paired with that picture, Fitzgerald besprinkles The Great Gatsby with the numerous pitfalls and evils that both stand as a barrier to what's imagined achievable in America, and threaten to accompany that which is achieved. Neither the quest for, nor if possible the achievement of, the American Dream is a thing untainted. Nor, in Fitzgerald's view, can it be. Fitzgerald, frankly, writes all that need be written on this subject; whatever his successors' ambitions may be.
And he writes it in prose so perfect, so impressive, and so beautiful, I occasionally find myself at a loss to name a novel in the English language constructed with greater skill, and apparent ease thereof.
In short: The Great Gatsby is an inimitable wonder of American fiction. And, for lack of a better word, an "application" of the English language that has few equals. Published in: For political, religious, or moral reasons, all these books included in this list were banned in some places of the world. Reading some of these books The Bildungsroman is a genre of the novel which focuses on the psychological and moral growth of the protagonist from youth to adulthood.
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