The Great Gatsby

The Great Gatsby

Paperback - 1950
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No one ever knew who Gatsby was

Some said he had been a German spy, others that he was related to one of Europe's royal families. Nearly everyone took advantage of his fabulous hospitality. And it was fabulous. In this superb Long Island home he gave the most amazing parties, and not the least remarkable thing about them was that few people could recognize their host. He seemed to be a man without a background, without history; whose eyes were always searching the glitter and razzamatazz for something . . . someone?

The Great Gatsby is one of the great love stories of our time. In it the author distilled the essences of glamour and illusion so powerfully that this book has haunted and tantalized generation of readers.

Publisher: London, England : Penguin Books, 1950.
ISBN: 9780140007466
Characteristics: 171 pages ;,18 cm.


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mhplkeith Sep 05, 2017

c/o Andrea

“I have re-read The Great Gatsby and The Cider House Rules a lot. Few writers understood as well as Scott Fitzgerald the connection between class and culture and the human heart. Few writers give us characters as consistently idiosyncratic and eccentric as John Irving.”
—Chris Bohjalian, author... Read More »

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Nov 19, 2018

I like Daisy

Nov 16, 2018

Yo this book the grat geat by is great for baby children

Nov 06, 2018

A classic novel that isn't a bore to read, The Great Gatsby tells the story of the insanely rich Jay Gatsby, and his love for Daisy Buchanan, the cousin of our narrator, Nick Carraway. Themes of wealth, obsession, and the American Dream are prevalent throughout the novel, and though majority of the characters are pretty simple minded and boring, the ideas presented are relevant in today's times as much as they were in the 1920s.
- @loona of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

Oct 18, 2018

The Great Gatsby is a novel written by F. Scott Fitzgerald. The story is narrated by Nick Caraway, a man who just moved to New York to learn about the bond business. He ends up renting a house in the West Egg district of Long Island. Nick ends up becoming neighbour's with the mysterious yet wealthy Jay Gatsby. Gatsby tells Nick about his quest to win back the love of his life, Daisy Buchanan. He throws parties every week to get her attention, and he rarely attends. After being invited to one, Nick gets the chance to see this lavish lifestyle people live and watch them try to achieve the American Dream. If you are interested in historical fiction novels about nineteen-twenties America, this is a great novel to read. The author analyzes nineteen-twenties American culture that allowed so many people to chase their dream. This novel is an easy read but I would not recommend it for people under the age of twelve because the themes in the novel are hard to understand. Overall, if I had to rate this novel, I would rate it five out of five stars.
- @Sapphirereads of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

The Great Gatsby is different than the books I usually read, but I found it quite interesting. Set in 1925, and narrated by Nick Carraway, the book takes you through the extravagant parties of Mr. Jay Gatsby. Gatsby’s past seems shrouded in mystery, and many of the party goers made guesses about what dark things may lurk there. All in all, I found the book intriguing, although I do wish some of the smaller details were explained in the end. Rating: 4/5
- @IVYBooks of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

F. Scott Fitzgerald's the Great Gatsby is a timeless classic. The themes presented in this novel are ones that will be forever relevant in modern society as well as useful in reflection and insight into the past as well as it is true to its time. Fitzgerald uses his story to persuade the reader of the importance of staying true to oneself as well as the dangers of obsession and tunnel vision in ones dreams. This is a story anyone could find something to relate it to without being too long of difficult of a read. definitely worth taking a look at. Also a wonderful pick for any reading assignment as is carries similar/common themes to virtually any other text/media. 5/5 stars
- @Annacada of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

Oct 09, 2018

Literature of The Lost Generation to which Fitzgerald belonged, already was analyzed up and down. For mi this work is about love.

HCL_featured Sep 19, 2018

"Challenged at the Baptist College in Charleston, SC (1987) because of "language and sexual references in the book." from American Library Association

Aug 22, 2018

I committed to reading this only to fulfill the "an assigned book you hated or didn't finish" category in the Read Harder Challenge 2018. However, back in high school I neither hated it nor didn't finish, so not remembering it at all is the closest I could get to a category match.

After this reread I conclude that it's still forgettable, and I don't imagine I'll remember anything about it again twenty years from now. All of the characters were pretty unlikable. Not sure why it's considered a classic.

Aug 12, 2018

I feel like the great gate by is great, but it it a tad overrated for our time and era.

Jul 10, 2018

The thing that stood out to me the most about this book was how much of a non-character Nick is. He pretty much never expresses his opinion and just does whatever others tell him to do. It's clear that he doesn't want to do these things, but he does them anyway because he's the main character and he needs to be there to advance the plot. The only time he really acts instead of reacts is in the last 2 chapters and by that point it's too late.

Other than that the book was kinda alright. Wasn't particularly interesting but whatever.

Great Gatsby: 4/10.

Apr 18, 2018

I've heard this might be the Great American Novel. How can it be the Great American Novel if I can't like any of the characters? I liked Huck and Jim. I liked Holden. Don't know about this one, though

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a_pitts Jul 05, 2017

"So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past."

Jun 13, 2016

"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 - to-morrow 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."

Jun 05, 2016

“Can’t repeat the past?…Why of course you can!”

Aug 29, 2015

“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.”

Jun 10, 2015

"You can still see that green light.."

Laura_X May 15, 2015

In his blue gardens men and girls came and went like moths among the whisperings and the champagne and the stars.

ilowelife Mar 28, 2014

Unlike Gatsby and Tom Buchanan, I had no girl whose disembodied face floated along the dark cornices and blinding signs, and so I drew up the girl beside me, tightening my arms. Her wan, scornful mouth smiled, and so I drew her up again closer, this time to my face.

nicolajruiz Feb 25, 2014

A breeze blew through the room, blew curtains in at one end and out the other like pale flags, twisting them up toward the frosted wedding-cake of the ceiling, and then rippled over the wine-colored rug, making a shadow on it as wind does on the sea.

2pod Feb 14, 2014

unjustly accused of being

ericnorcross Sep 22, 2013

Most of the big shore places are closed now, and there are hardly any lights except the shadowy moving glow of a ferry boat across the sound. As the moon rose higher the inessential houses began to melt away, until gradually I became aware of the old island here that flowered once for Dutch sailor's eyes. A fresh green breast of the new world. It's vanished trees, the trees that made way for Gatsby's house, had once pandered in whispers to the last and greatest of all human dreams and for a transitory enchanted moment man must have held his breath in the presence of this continent, compelled into an aesthetic contemplation he neither understood 'nor desired, face to face for the last time in history with something commensurate to his capacity for wonder.

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Feb 17, 2017

Other: Alcohol and smoking. This happened in the 20s

Feb 17, 2017

Sexual Content: Cheating, kissing, dating

Feb 17, 2017

Coarse Language: Infrequent. No s word and f word. Just damn, hell, son of bitch

Apr 21, 2016

Sexual Content: Sexual innuendos

Apr 21, 2016

Violence: Car accidents, violence, murder

Nataliasay97 Jul 10, 2013

Other: uses some terms such as bootlegging

Mar 04, 2013

Sexual Content: Obviously because this book is about the jazz age, there is some sexual content as well as some drinking.

Jan 08, 2012

Other: irrevocable awesomeness.

Nov 24, 2008

Sexual Content: This title contains Sexual Content.


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Apr 21, 2016

Nick the narrator lives next door to Jay Gatsby who is a rich man living in an elaborate house. Throwing many parties with many guests. He is infatuated with a woman named Daisy which motivates many of his decisions.

Jun 10, 2015

I man falls in love and after many years, the woman he loves has been married and has a daughter. Her cousin is a middle man in the relationship to help them sneak around behind the husbands back.

Nataliasay97 Jul 10, 2013

Nick lives next door to a mysterious man named Gatsby, who throws parties. Nick becomes friends with him and learns that he is in love with Daisy.

Tom is suspicious of this, and he tries to prove that Gatsby is not who he seems. Daisy says that she will leave Tom for Gatsby.
Daisy then refuses to leave Tom for him, and makes him drive her home. Daisy is at the wheel when the car hits someone- coincidentally, Myrtle Wilson, Tom's other woman.

Mr. Wilson discovers his wife's affair, and asks around about the car that hit her . So, thinking that Gatsby hit her, Mr. Wilson goes to Gatsby's house and shoots him, and then shoots himself.

Gatsby dies alone, because no one shows up to his funeral except for Nick and his father.

JODI ARONOFF Jun 25, 2012

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 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. The Great Gatsby is one of the great classics of twentieth-century literature.


tt14 Jun 18, 2012

This book was so fun and crazy at the same time. Got to check it out.

FavouriteFiction Sep 30, 2009

Poor officer Gatsby falls in love with flighty Daisy, but while he is away overseas she marries another man. He returns years later as a mysterious millionaire and tries to win her back.

Nov 24, 2008

“The story of the fabulously wealthy Jay Gatsby and his love for the beautiful Daisy Buchanan, of lavish parties on Long Island at a time where gin was the national drink and sex the national obsession, it is an exquisitely crafted tale of America in the 1920s."

heatherlynn Mar 14, 2008

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