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Product Details

  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Global; Stg edition (November 25, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0140771972
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140771978
  • Product Dimensions: 7.8 x 5.1 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #46,550 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Chris S. Rogers on June 26, 2009
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Well written and researched book on the Great Gatsby by an insightful and thoughtful scholar. I found it interesting to see her take on a major, popular, male American author during an intriguing time of change in American society. For the Gatsby afficcionando, the Fitzgerald student, as well as the individual interested in American social thought post WWI, will find this study, particularly since it is done from a British viewpoint, a valuable perspective. Many insightful footnotes and asides. References are made to Penguin's edition of the Great Gatsby but it is not necessary to have this edition. For the general reader who wishes more understanding about this tremendous novel I suggest Kathleen Parkinson's fine study an important companion.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Jeremy Storly VINE VOICE on January 21, 2012
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As a teacher of high-school-level American Literature for the past fifteen years, I often feel that I have placed certain works on the back burner. After all, one year in high school is scarcely enough to explore American Literature in-depth, and much time is spent filling in the gaps created by substandard or even lapsed instruction in students' middle-school and early high-school years. _The_Great_Gatsby_ by Fitzgerald is one of the most important, most deeply American novels studied at the high school level, but it is a work which, for reasons which would take more space than a review allows, I felt has not been given the attention it deserves on my part. The fact that students still find it deeply intriguing is all the more reason that I, as instructor, should give it the attention it deserves. It is for this reason that I ordered a copy of this critical study.

What this critical study will do: It will provide a refreshing, if not original, exploration of the important themes in _The_Great_Gatsby_, including those of time, location, and even a brief glimpse of feminist criticism regarding Fitzgerald's women. This being said, Kathleen Parkinson's forte seems to be historical criticism, and her research on Fitzgerald's life is strongly reflected in her work.

What this critical study will not do: It will not provide new or fresh insight to those who have studied the novel in-depth, who have read the criticism on _Gatsby_ and the author's other works, or those who have experience teaching the novel at the post-secondary level. Conversely, it is not a simple gloss on the text,à la Cliff Notes, and will not be useful to the reluctant (i.e., lazy) reader.
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55 of 78 people found the following review helpful By Wiwse on January 20, 2010
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I thought this was the real Great Gatsby book with additional commentary, but it is primarily a commentary with little of the original text.
This version does not include the complete text of the book like some of the other editions do.

The commentary is okay, but not as helpful as some other study guides.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on December 30, 2013
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But it does not include who help George to kill Gatsby, he could not afford to get a gun in fact...
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on November 8, 2013
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Fans of F Scott Fizgerald, in general, and The Great Gatsby, specifically, will enjoy this book. It's a thoughtful, well sited analysis of this great work. It provided me with understanding of many subtle aspects of the book and enhanced my enjoyment. Has me looking forward to yet another read of The Great Gatsby.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Try2bHappy on May 21, 2011
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I got this book because The Great Gatsby is one of my absolute favorite books! I read it in English class and have liked it ever since. This "study guide" really shows you a lot of the themes and story line elements, that I didn't even pick up in English class when we were studying it.
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By David on September 20, 2013
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This is a good classic book. I think we had to get this for one of my kids school requirements.
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By RO on March 21, 2013
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Useful tool to refresh the novel .... When it's been years since a first read, a guide is a good catch up resource.
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