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.
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
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Who doesn’t love The Great Gatsby? The language at first was a tad difficult to understand but once you get into the story you can’t put the book down. It fills you up with emotions.55