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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 best known. A portrait of the Jazz Age in all of its decadence and excess, Gatsby captured the spirit of the author's generation and earned itself a permanent place in American mythology. Self-made, self-invented millionaire Jay Gatsby embodies some of Fitzgerald's--and his country's--most abiding obsessions: money, ambition, greed, and the promise of new beginnings. "Gatsby believed in the green light, the orgiastic future that year by year recedes before us. It eluded us then, but that's no matter--tomorrow we will run faster, stretch out our arms farther.... And one fine morning--" Gatsby's rise to glory and eventual fall from grace becomes a kind of cautionary tale about the American Dream.
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.
Robertson Dean's rich, deep voice sweeps us into this classic with the same straightforward narrative elegance Fitzgerald gives his narrator, Nick Carraway. Dean manages to be moving without dramatic exaggeration, and to distinguish characters, male and female, without resort to stereotyping. He reifies Jay Gatsby in all his ambition and naïveté, and paints Fitzgerald's complex picture of love, power, money, and hypocrisy with simple sonority. This audio is a wonderful experience for old fans as well as first-time Fitzgerald readers, and it comes with a companion e-book. (Dec.)
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I can't believe it's taken me this long to read this gorgeous novel. 'Tis a classic for a reason. Loved it.Published 5 hours ago by Carrie
One of the classics. It's an easy read that can be accomplished in 3-4 hours of reading.
I can't really say anything that hasn't already been said about this wonderful... Read more
As Joseph Conrad said "We must let go of the life we have planned, so as to accept the one that is waiting for us."
Oh Gatsby! Read more
Well writes but I didn't change my opinion even with 50 years between reads. Nick, Gatsby and a couple of minor characters were the only people Iin the book that shouldn't have... Read morePublished 1 day ago by sdiamond
This book was good I had to read it for a summer reading project and I think I read the book 2 and a half times because it was interesting. Read morePublished 2 days ago by dorothy
One of the best books I have read. An awesome love story. I highly highly recommend this book to anyonePublished 2 days ago by jeffstasha
I love this story. Fitzgerald, for all his faults, really did unearth a rare and a special feature of the human mind in his study of the fictional Gatsby. Read morePublished 3 days ago by Subaru4Life88