An Apple Books Classics edition.
The Roaring Twenties are in full effect in F. Scott Fitzgerald’s riveting classic. Man-about-town Jay Gatsby seems to have it all, including loads of money and a massive mansion where he hosts wild, extravagant parties every Saturday. But Gatsby’s missing one thing: Daisy Buchanan, the love of his life, the one who got away.
The Great Gatsby explores the impossible, but uniquely human, longing to return to the past and the costs associated with chasing the American Dream. It’s a beautifully written, entertaining read with timeless emotional appeal.
Only book ever to make me somehow hate every single character at some point.55
I had to read this book in high school English class and I didn’t really care for it then. I decided to give it another try just for leisure and it was a great story! Glad I re-read it.55
A must read. A gripping tale of life. Sad but real. I read it the first time over 50 years ago and it still leaves me speechless.55
Wanted to read it again, was a good45
Such a classic and timeless piece55
Some critic in the last half year (2021) suggested that this Fitzgerald classic was deeper than meets the eye. I can see why. Compared with his contemporaries Steinbeck and Hemingway, I can see why this book is come comparable in depth and breadth. My mom wanted to read this book in the late 1990s. Instead I bought her some Henry James novels on sale. I am not sure if she ever read it, but I have now, and I think of her, and all the people implied in it (human kind), and I am glad I read it. Worth the read. I will read more Fitzgerald.55
I read quite a bit, but in terms of fine literature, I am pitifully uneducated. The Great Gatsby took me to class. Fitzgerald’s prose and vocabulary grabbed me in the first few pages, I found that I was unable to pause my reading. His descriptions of the era somehow made me feel nostalgic for the time his story takes place in, even though I’m far too young to remember those days.55
One of my favorite books and the best characters55
I love classic literature and was anxious to add The Great Gatsby to my completed pile. What a slog. The characters are all self possessed, living squalid lives of little or no redeaming value with no moral value to cheer for. I am glad to have read it for the literary references, but truly cannot recommend it in any way.15
The death of a main character felt kinda random55