The only authorized edition of the twentieth-century classic, featuring F. Scott Fitzgerald’s final revisions, a foreword by his granddaughter, and a new introduction by National Book Award winner Jesmyn Ward.
The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald’s third book, stands as the supreme achievement of his career. First published in 1925, this quintessential novel of the Jazz Age has been acclaimed by generations of readers. The story of the mysteriously 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 noted “gin was the national drink and sex the national obsession,” it is an exquisitely crafted tale of America in the 1920s.
Reading this book as an adult was something else. The nuances that you miss when you read as someone that hasn't been hurt or seen more of the world are glaringly apparent as a more experienced reader. Narrating the legend of a man that dared to rise above his class with whatever he could in order to impress a vapid socialite is heartbreaking. As it's been since the beginning of time, the rich really do get away with murder. The part of the novel I never understood is why no one, not even Myrtle's sister, ever outed Tom as the person having an affair with her sister. Nick never told his cousin who her husband's mistress was nor did he ever mention to Gatsby. The injustice of it all was a hard pill to swallow while reading this novel because Mystle's death needed to be resolved, at least for me, and justice be served. By Nick sharing the story later on or at least telling someone about it. But I guess the justice of this is that Daisy got the husband she deserved, a cheating, vapid man, that will continue to lie and cheat on her until death.45
Great classic! I read this book years ago and it was just as exciting to read as I felt the first time55
It is extremely hard to read. The story is choppy and hard to follow and none of the characters are likable at all.15
Nicks perspective is the worst way to tell the story15
Being familiar with storytelling myself, quite a few major if not fatal flaws stood out when reading this. I understand why this story has such cultural significance in the United States, but it doesn’t hide the fact many decisions Fitzgerald made plagued what could’ve been a great dramaztion of his own life. Telling the story from Nick’s perspective is by far one of the weakest ways of telling this story. Nick’s perspective only makes the intentions of every other character needlessly abscured. Imagine how tense and dramatic the story could be from the perspective of Daisy or Tom. Nick’s naive character doesn’t add much at all to the dynamics and themes of James Gatz, Tom, or Daisy. In addition, Gatsby’s mysterious aura is vastly overplayed. His inter-personal relations don’t shine with the same lush emotions that Scott possessed and could have implemented from his own life and his troubled marriage with Zelda. There were so many things the story could’ve done better for the sake of telling what could’ve been a heartbreaking yet sober battle of lust and materialism. Ultimately, The Great Gatsby is a disappointingly flat story.25
Incredible characters & really a timeless classic!55
I loved it55
I probably put 5 stars on everything but this one really deserved it.55
Great book. Give it a try. At just a dollar the value can’t get any better.55
This book has no reason to have the status that is gained over the years. The Great Gatsby uses lazy plot elements to advance the story, and lacks character depth. The most obvious part is when they take each other’s car for the drive. Why did they do that? There is no rational reason to do that. They only did it so the mechanic would mistakenly kill Gatsby in the end. Why does Tom and Jay hang out if Tom hates him? Why would you invite someone to your house if you don’t like them, then sit them next to your wife? Even though it’s obvious that he likes her. None of the main characters are likable in anyway expect for Nick. They are just swallow people that you hope twist their ankles. I understand we’re aren’t suppose to relate to them because of their status, but you just don’t care for anyone of them. Why should we feel bad for J? Because he can’t be with the women he loves? Why does even deserve her in the first place? Also, why doesn’t she leave if Tom cheats on her? She is portrayed as a the spoiled woman archetype with no depth. The Great Gatsby is just awful. Unlike other books I don’t like, I can understand why they are famous, but the Great Gatsby is just awful. Half the book is plot holes with unbearable characters.15