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The Great Gatsby Publisher: Scribner Paperback – 1999
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Unfortunately the edition I bought, from Old Landmark Publishing, has a number of minor transcription errors. The most notable is the occasional
insertion of multiple paragraph
breaks within a sentence. There are also occasional misplaced paragraph breaks in dialog paragraphs, which sometimes leads to confusion about which character is speaking.
I downloaded the free sample of the Scribner Edition and although that is only a short sample, it appears to be a much better quality transcription.
So since there are several Kindle editions available, you might want to avoid the Old Landmark Publishing Edition (the one with the car on the cover) and try the Scribner Edition (the one with the dark blue cover with a face superimposed).
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.Read more ›
Alexander Scourby, one of the greatest reading voices of his era (overlapping Fitzgerald's enough to know and feel it all) here does Carraway in a way that cannot, therefore, again be quite equalled. Imagine having a recording of a great contemporary actor reading Ahab's speeches in Moby Dick, and one begins to appreciate the gift that we only now have in recorded sound, something we are already quite casual about. But there is much more here than historical accuracy. Scourby's voice wraps around every phrase of Fitzgeral's text with both an actor's professionalism and a good reader's care, making it not only uncannily his own monument but also a monument in audio book history. It sets the bar, and anyone interested in the recorded voice as an art form should own this for repeated learning.
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A tour de force. I hadn't read it in many, many years and was amazed by the quality of the writing.Published 1 hour ago by RBK
I liked it. seen movie yrs. ago. so knew what it was about but I enjoyed it anyway.Published 2 days ago by Amazon Customer
One of my daughters favorites. She didn't like the ending though.Published 3 days ago by Stacey Johnson
Fitzgerald writes beautifully, and the ending of this book is heartrending!Published 3 days ago by Joyce Sandine
The Great Gatsby centers around a mysterious and aloof man named Jay Gatsby. The book is written in the perspective of Gatsby’s neighbor Nick Carraway. Read morePublished 4 days ago by Amazon Customer