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The Great Gatsby (A Cornell Edition) Paperback – 2006
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The most common complaint I hear about this book is that the characters are too shallow, self-involved, etc. They definitely are, however using the narrative style of having an outside observer tell the reader about the characters, the lifestyles, and the events is perfect. The observer is not particularly shallow or self-centered, he is more like an anthropologist observing an unfamiliar culture; he is not condoning or condemning, he is learning. It's fascinating, and brilliantly executed.
En mi opinión, yo digo que esta traducción es bastante fiel al original. He leído la historia en ambos idiomas (español y inglés) y creo que la historia fue lo mismo los dos tiempos que los leí. He oído personas de llamar esta traducción de el gran Gatsby alguno de los peores, pero hallo esta historia fácil y divertido de leer. Por eso, no puedo garantizar que usted va a amar esta traducción como yo lo amaba. Creo que debe comprar este libro y leerlo para sí mismo. Si hay algo concreto que puedo decir sobre esta traducción, eso es que esta traducción es más “Englishy” que otras traducción. Siga eso como quiere.
Sure. I neither agree nor disagree. Haven't given it much thought as the metaphors, if they be there, are too deep for my interest. I'm more taken by his flagrant obsession with Gatsby's fixation on Daisy. He was either writing from self-experience or someone he knew well, but I think Jay Gatsby and Daisy's relationship touches on the human being's fixation with striving for perfection, the best, etc. The whole novel does really.
This novel sparks the thoughts that life is really best lived and known in the suffering and striving, not the pleasure we always want to achieve; that an individual can become so wrapped up in someone (or everyone) else that they lose track of who they are; that we cannot look outwards for satisfaction until we comes to terms with what is really missing within.
The only thing I knew about this book before I started reading was that it was a shallow love story that ends with the girl dumping the poor, innocent guy....or something. And yes that is the plot, but I think the story can also be about the American dream and who it's really available to. What is the American dream? Is it just getting money and it doesn't matter how? Did we really get away from social inequality? I hadn't really thought about any of that before reading this book. It made me wonder what my American dream is. Do I just want to get lots of money, a big house, and tons of stuff? Or is there more to it than that? Without spoiling the end, I feel like Mr. Fitzgerald's opinion on the matter is that some people are born to live the American dream and some aren't - and there isn't much you can do to change it. The fate of Daisy and Gatsby really brings that tragic idea home.
The parties were unreal. I was drooling over the mention of all the food. I couldn't help but imagine the Dowager Countess from Downton Abbey coming to Gatsby's house and being appalled at what Americans called "a dinner party." My mind was buzzing with all the practical details and sheer amount of money that it would take to feed two dinners and tons of alcohol to that many people... But the parties and glamour are just covering up the fact that most of these people are shady, immoral, hypocritical and just plain unhappy. Especially Tom and his wife Daisy.
I loved the writing. It was simple, charming, and witty - an interesting contrast to the much deeper story going on. The last line about how we can't escape from the past points out that even though as Americans we say that anyone can achieve wealth, happiness and equality, the truth is we keep getting sucked into the rules of the past.
The only thing I thought was overdone was the symbolic Eye Doctor bilboard in the ash valley. Don't let the symbolic Eye Doctor Ad/God's Judgement fall on you on the way out.
Overall, a novel that got me really thinking about life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness in the context of a beautiful, tragic, and romantic story.