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The Great Gatsby

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Classic!

My daughter needed this book for her lit class. However, I want to watch the movie with Leonardo DiCaprio!

Jay Gatsby represents The American Dream in multiple levels

Jay Gatsby at the end dies along with Mr. William and Myrtle Wilson. This represents the failure in The American Dream. This book is simply magical. It’s full of beauties and symbolism...

Well Deserving of the Title "One of the greatest books of all time."

The book displays a theme that even most modern readers relate to, a perhaps unreachable goal that they strive to achieve. We learn something by the end, Fitzgerald making a powerful statement of dreams and more specifically the American Dream. The book has beautiful writing, word choice purposeful and punctual, allowing you to be swept into the 1920's alongside the characters. This is a book that I have read many times over, the book still leaving me thinking each and every time, it has continually left me coming back, as well as you.

This book is pretty lame.

SPOILER ALERT -- The girl dies at the end.

Very Disappointed in Condition of book

The condition of this book was noted as Good, it is by no means in the same condition as other books I have received that were sold as being in good condition. There is writing and annotations all over the book, which totally ruined the great story. I was not told about all of the writing in it beforehand, or else I would have purchased a different book. There should be some type of notation if the book has been used as a study guide.

One of my all time favorites

I’ve read this book so many times, I own a handful of editions and I will probably read this book so many more times before I die. The words are so powerful and the characters are so intricate.

Horrible experience!!

There is writing and annotations all over the book, which totally ruined the great story. I was not told about all of the writing in it beforehand, or else I wouldn’t have purchased this.

One of my favorites

Fitzgerald is one of my favorite authors. I love how he explores humanity in his novels. This book draws you into the shallow world of the 1920's elite--it's beautiful and magical and empty. I don't usually reread books but I certainly will reread this one again and again.

I don’t get the hype

I’m clearly missing something. I can honestly say that my brain doesn’t see into this book like everyone else. The dialogue is simple stupid, and story is simple minded. I can’t for the life of me figure out why this book is a popular classic. Before you hate on me, and I know you will, I’ll just go back to my books about beekeeping and The Dark Tower. I know I don’t belong here. My apologies.

My second favorite book of all time!

This kept me reading on to the end without pause. You'll likely fall in love with Gatsby!

The reason I read

I've read this book several times and could read it 100 more times. I get so wrapped up in the story every time I read it. My absolute favorite book of all time.

A Fascinating Early Draft of The Great Gatsby

As a die hard Fitzgerald fan, Trimalchio has enhanced my love and understanding of The Great Gatsby. I really loved the signifance of the name Trimalchio, once I understood it. (For those of you who haven't read the 2nd century AD play by Titus Petronius in which Trimalchio is orignially referenced, Trimalchio is a slave who throws an extragavent feast that everyone laughs behind his back at.) Knowing the reference gave such new depth to my understanding of Gatsby's character, for who was he really if not an updated Trimalchio? Something else that seemed rather interesting to me were some of the white supremecy illusions that Fitzgerald sprinkled lightly throughout the novel, notably in conversations with Tom and Daisy about the "Master Race". I also noticed a Swastika Holding Company noted in one of Nick's outings to NYC. That alone, the Swastika Holding Company within an F. Scott Fitzgerald novel, is worthy of a dissertation. This early draft seems far darker than The Great Gatsby, yet far clearer in character definition. I understood Gatsby and Daisy's characters far more clearly in this draft. This is an absolutely gorgeous, gorgeous preview of what would become "The Great Gatsby" and I highly recommend it.

Beautiful & fascinating -- A must-read for "Gatsby" lovers

"The Great Gatsby" is my favorite book. This early version is absoultutely fascinating to me. I've read much about the history of the manuscript and the changes made to it, and with "Trimalchio" we get to read for ourselves one version. I was thrilled to have this unusual opportunity; I felt privileged. (Only one complaint in this review is in my last paragraph.) Aside from the sheer thrill of witnessing at least part of the transition and revision, the book itself is a wonder--to one end--to be viewed along with "The Great Gatsby." Things I've been bothered by in "Gatsby" are different in this book, and it's interesting to read that they had indeed been altered - most notably, the mid-section in "Gatsby" when Nick tells the reader in a near omnicient narration Gatsby's true story; this happens entirely differently in "Trimalchio" and in my opinion does not break the narrative flow the way it does in the final "Great Gatsby." Some unanswered questions, some debated items become clearer after reading this. Is Gatsby a good guy or a bad guy? Is Nick? Who is Jordan Baker really? Is Nick the agent of the action or an observant/removed narrator? "Trimalchio" presents the answers to some of these questions differently than does "The Great Gatsby," or in a more straightforward and clear fashion. In a sense, this could be a truer-to-Fitzgerald's-soul account, as many of the changes were suggested to him from the outside. Many of the characters underwent changes from this version to "The Great Gatsby," though some changes more major than others. I'm trying, in this review, not to write what would be a book's worth of my opinion about which is a superior book. Gatsby is such a part of me I could write forever. I will mention that typos and other necessary changes were made from this to the final, as well. And although some things I've questioned and have bothered me simply because I do love the book so much are different in this early version, I don't know how I'd feel if this were the *only* version of the book, as what we have here is an early version of a book I'd always thought brilliant. The language is beautiful; the characters amazing, sad, complex. I'm infinitely impressed by this book, whichever level of "completion." I've got one complaint about this edition of "Trimalchio": at the back of the book, there is a list of changes made - galley version, holograph, 1st edition, etc. They are laid out in such a way that they are hard to follow and hard to study. I nearly know "The Great Gatsby" by heart. While reading "Trimalchio" I noticed tiny, tiny differences. But, after I finished, I wanted to truly study the changes at each stage of Fitzgerald's writing, and the lay-out and lack of explanation made it oppressively uninviting. It's too bad, too, because I am ceaselessly (as FSF might say) interested in this - this book, the revision process, its history, everything Gatsby.

A Must-Read for Gatsby/Fitzgerald Fans

I first encountered "The Great Gatsby" in 11th grade and its sheer lyric beauty has transfixed me to the point of at least 4 readings per year ever since. Therefore, "Trimalchio" was a joy for me to read and I believe it will bring the same amount of happiness to fellow Fitzgerald fans. The book is a brief read at only 146 pages of actual text,( as opposed to "Gatsby's" 189 in the most recent Scribner paperback edition) but the opportunity to read the rough draft of a genuis like Fitzgerald is an invigorating experience- reading passages from "Trimalchio" and then looking at their equivalent passages in "Gatsby" allows you to enter the mind of Fitzgerald through his revisionary decisions and enchances your appreciation of the sheer amount of work which Fitzgerald devoted to crafting his masterpiece. That being said, do not expect incredible differences between the two texts: the most notable changes are minor details and the chronilogical order of events and revelations. Reading "Trimalchio" is ultimately like watching deleted scenes from a movie on a DVD- they are of comparatively minor significance, but they enhance one's appreciation of the work as a whole. If you loved "The Great Gatsby," take the time to read "Trimalchio."

Jazz Age Beauty

In the Great Gatsby, F Scott Fitzgerald created a wonder. He described a world and a fiend we can all relate to, that of frustrated and not fully requitted love, and he described it with all the beauty that anybody using the English language could muster. His message was the we are all fighting against the tide of time, which beats us back ever more forcefully with the progressing years, and yet we all feel that our youth, our elixir, our perfect moment and strength of Orient is within our grasp. Gatsby was a man who had lost once, and yet felt the compulsion to fight again, for the ultimate prize that would revoke his past defeat. A simple and bewilderingly focused passion that in the end destroyed the man as only it could. That was Gatsby's only goal, but in stripping his life down to such basics, and in essence, seeking to negate the past, Gatsby found he was fighting against the viscious tide of time. Read this book for the narrative, if you like. Read it for the beautiful Jazz Age description if you like also. But read it most of all for the moments in it whose beauty surpasses all contemporarys'. Find the green light.

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