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The Great Gatsby (Penguin Popular Classics)
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Format: Paperback
ISBN: 0140620184
ISBN-13: 9780140620184
Publisher: Penguin Books
Release Date: January, 2007
Length: 192 Pages
Weight: 5.6 ounces
Dimensions: 6.93 X 4.33 X 0.63 inches
Language: English

The Great Gatsby (Penguin Popular Classics)

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In 1922, F. Scott Fitzgerald announced his decision to write "something new--something extraordinary and beautiful and simple + intricately patterned." That extraordinary, beautiful, intricately patterned, and above all, simple novel became The Great Gatsby, arguably Fitzgerald's finest work and certainly the book for which he is...
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  The Great Gatsby

Continues to be a classic for high school english teachers. This novel is relevant on so many levels and can be understood by all types of readers.
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Set in posh New York during the Lost Generation of the roaring 20's, the Great Gatsby tells a story of trust, class, and wanting.

From it we learn that often the desire for something is better than actually having it and that one true friend is infinitely more important than a multitude of acquaintances.

There's always a copy of this in my library. It's an essential must-read from a highly gifted author.

  Shines Brilliantly Like a Just-Discovered Piece of Cameo Jewelry from a Bygone Era

It's difficult to give any even-handed critique F. Scott Fitzgerald's standard-setting Jazz Age novel since it was required reading for most of us in high school. However, if you come back to it as a full-fledged adult, you'll find that the story still resonates but more like a just-polished cameo piece from a forgotten time. At the core of the book is the elaborate infatuation Jay Gatsby has for Daisy Fay Buchanan, a love story portrayed with both a languid pall and a fatalistic urgency. But the broader context of the setting and the irreconcilable nature of the American dream in the 1920's is what give the novel its true gravitas.

Much of this is eloquently articulated by Nick Carraway, Gatsby's modest Long Island neighbor who becomes his most trusted confidante. Nick is responsible for reuniting the lovers who both have come to different points in their lives five years after their aborted romance. Now a solitary figure in his luxurious mansion, Gatsby is a newly wealthy man who accumulated his fortunes through dubious means. Daisy, on the other hand, has always led a life of privilege and could not let love stand in the way of her comfortable existence. She married Tom Buchanan for that sole purpose. With Gatsby's ambition spurred by his love for Daisy, he rekindles his romance with Daisy, as Tom carries on carelessly with an auto mechanic's grasping wife. Nick himself gets caught up in the jet set trappings and has a relationship with Jordan Baker, a young golf pro.

These characters are inevitably led on a collision course that exposes the hypocrisy of the rich, the falsity of a love undeserving and the transience of individuals on this earth. The strength of Fitzgerald's treatment comes from the lyrical prose he provides to illuminate these themes. Not a word is wasted, and the author's economical handling of such a potentially complex plot is a technique I wish were more frequently replicated today. Most of all, I simply enjoy the book because it does not portend a greater significance eighty years later. It is a classic tale that provides vibrancy and texture to a bygone era. It is well worth re-reading, especially at such a bargain price.