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It's also a love story, of sorts, the narrative of Gatsby's quixotic passion for Daisy Buchanan. The pair meet five years before the novel begins, when Daisy is a legendary young Louisville beauty and Gatsby an impoverished officer. They fall in love, but while Gatsby serves overseas, Daisy marries the brutal, bullying, but extremely rich Tom Buchanan. After the war, Gatsby devotes himself blindly to the pursuit of wealth by whatever means--and to the pursuit of Daisy, which amounts to the same thing. "Her voice is full of money," Gatsby says admiringly, in one of the novel's more famous descriptions. His millions made, Gatsby buys a mansion across Long Island Sound from Daisy's patrician East Egg address, throws lavish parties, and waits for her to appear. When she does, events unfold with all the tragic inevitability of a Greek drama, with detached, cynical neighbor Nick Carraway acting as chorus throughout. Spare, elegantly plotted, and written in crystalline prose, The Great Gatsby is as perfectly satisfying as the best kind of poem. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Maureen Corrigan just wrote a very interesting overview of how The Great Gatsby came into being & how it earned a spot amongst "the great American books". Read morePublished 4 hours ago by Joseph H. Hollander
In all these years, I'd never read this great classic. Now I have and am eager to see the movie.
There are four things I want from a novel and this has all of them:... Read more
Just realized I bought this book and never finished it. I know it's a classic, really tried to like it. Started out thinking "wow this Fitzgerald guy is quite a writer". Read morePublished 22 hours ago by John T
Fitzgerald's original version, like his prototype Tender is the Night, was big and wordy, called 'Trimalchio', for the man (in Petronius' Satyricon) to whose entertainments... Read morePublished 1 day ago by Peter Jakobsen