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The Great Gatsby Paperback – September 30, 2004
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James Dickey Now we have an American masterpiece in its final form: the original crystal has shaped itself into the true diamond. This is the novel as Fitzgerald wished it to be, and so it is what we have dreamed of, sleeping and waking
About the Author
F. Scott Fitgerald was born in St. Paul, Minnesota, in 1896. He attended Princeton University, joined the United States Army during World War I, and published his first novel, This Side of Paradise, in 1920. That same year he married Zelda Sayre and the couple divided their time among New York, Paris, and the Riviera. Fitzgerald's masterpieces include The Beautiful and Damned, The Great Gatsby, and Tender Is the Night. He died at the age of forty-four, while working on The Love of the Last Tycoon. Fitzgerald stands out as one of the most important American writers of the twentieth century.
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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.
Ultimately, F. Scott Fitzgerald talent in writing with such detailed diction, portraying each individual character’s personality seamlessly, made it clear from the very beginning why this novel is loved by so many and still read in the 21st century.
What a dramatic story! A tale full of love, loss, regret, fear, and just plain craziness. In short it has all of the emotions of real life all rolled up into one little tale about a man! It’s the telling of this man’s life story from a friend’s perspective and it was so unique, and written so well that I really did not want to put this down.
Every character woven so dramatically around each others lives that the reader is left begging for more!
The thing about this story is that you can feel the love from Gatsby as he agonizes over Daisy and every movement she makes. More than once my heart ached for him and I was curious and not very optimistic about how this story was going to end. But it was written so beautifully and harmonically that I just could not find myself leaving this story alone. And I know this is going to be one of my favs for years to come.
I then immediately watched the movie. And how engrossed I was! The music, the tone, the performances, and add all that to the fact that the speech was nearly perfect to the book. This is one movie that I can say definitively, if you like the book, you’ll love the movie! Although I loved the fact that it was spot on, I also loved the cinematography. It was so graphically done, very reminiscent of The Moulin Rouge with scandalous attire, fabulous music, and wonderful plots! I was not surprised to find that Baz Luhrmann wrote both stories because I could just feel the exoticness in everything that was done, and loved it!