- Series: THE GREAT GATSBY
- Paperback: 180 pages
- Publisher: Scribner (September 30, 2004)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0743273567
- ISBN-13: 978-0743273565
- Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.5 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 6,459 customer reviews
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About the Author
F. Scott Fitzgerald 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 for the next decade the couple lived in New York, Paris, and on the Riviera. Fitzgerald's materpieces include The Beautiful and the Damned, The Great Gatsby, and Tender Is the Night. He died at the age of forty-four while working on The Last Tycoon. Fitzgerald's fiction has secured his reputation as one of the most important American writers of the twentieth century.
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Overall, I really enjoyed reading The Great Gatsby. I found it to be a very entertaining book about very interesting characters. The book could be very well described to be a commentary on the extravagant lives in which people lived, during a very economically prosperous time in the 1920s, in addition to a number of societal issues present during Fitzgerald’s time period. These issues include heavy alcohol use during a time when drinking was actually legal due to prohibition. In addition to these over the top social activities, there’s considerable mention of the extravagance that those with acquisition of recent wealth demonstrate through superficial showings of wealth. Fitzgerald offers his commentary on these throughout the book.
However, there is some reason to wonder whether Fitzgerald is a critic or a participant in the life of Gatsby. This really adds to the quality of the book. Jay Gatsby as a character has much in common with Fitzgerald’s own life and goals. Fitzgerald was fond of writing about the rich. In fact, in another story he wrote, (the Rich Boy, 1926) he actually started the story with one of his most famous quotes:
''Let me tell you about the very rich. They are different from you and me”.
Fitzgerald’s own life involved a steady fascination with wealth. He was descended from a famous family whose family fortunes were comfortable, but not rich. His wife’s family was reluctant to have him marry her because of his financial situation. He envied his Princeton friends whose families had more money. He and Zelda spent wildly while living in New York, forcing him to write short stories and borrow money from his literary agent.
Gatsby as a rich and tragic figure parallels Fitzgerald’s goals and his future life story. When he was a young man, he would introduce himself as “F Scott Fitzgerald, the well-known alcoholic”1, and he knew that his life would not be long. Jay and Daisy have many parallels to Scott and Zelda, including the long pursuit and the short time together afterward. Jay and Daisy lasted only day and Scott and Zelda had a short life together because of her mental illness and his alcoholism.
The strongest part of this book is the character development, as I see it. Fitzgerald was able to develop them so well because he basically knew them and lived them. More so than many books I have read before, by the end of this book I knew Jay and I knew Daisy and I also knew what the end of the story would turn out to be. It is no surprise that this book is seen, long after Fitzgerald’s death, as his best work. It captures the tragedy of the time and of the writer himself.
1. Goodwin DW The Alcoholism of F. Scott Fitzgerald. JAMA. 1970;212:86-90
First, T.J. Eckleburg's eyes appear throughout the story. Nick Carraway describes them, "the eyes of Doctor T. J. Eckleburg are blue and gigantic—their retinas are one yard high. They look out of no face, but, instead, from a pair of enormous yellow spectacles which pass over a nonexistent nose" (Chap. 2). "Above the grey land and the spasms of bleak dust which drift endlessly over it, you perceive, after a moment, the eyes of Doctor T. J. Eckleburg" (Chap. 2). At first, glance this is merely an old billboard hanging in between the Valley of Ashes and the Eggs. Later on, another character mentions the billboard in a different view, “George takes Myrtle to the window (from which, we know, the billboard is visible) and tells her she can't fool God” (Chap. 8). It seems as though George is implying that these eyes of Doctor T.J. Eckleburg are the eyes of God, watching every move within this story.
Second, the green light is mentioned when Nick Carraway describes a moment he observed, Gatsby, “He stretched out his arms toward the dark water in a curious way, and far as I was from him I could have sworn he was trembling. Involuntarily I glanced seaward--and distinguished nothing except a single green light, minute and far away, that might have been the end of a dock. When I looked once more for Gatsby he had vanished, and I was alone again in the unquiet darkness” (Chap. 1). To Nick this light is just one on the end of the dock; to Gatsby this green light causes him to tremble. Is it this light is a connection to Daisy? As an illusion of his new beginnings, his love, his lust, and his desire as he is reaching out for it.
Last, the uncut books are those with Gatsby's library. All stacked neatly in rows, put on display. The fact they are uncut, tells us they have not been read. Similarly, to a lot that Gatsby portrays is on a show; what you see is not what you get. The owl-eyed man brings this to our attention, “"It's a bona-fide piece of printed matter. It fooled me. This fella's a regular Belasco. It's a triumph. What thoroughness! What realism! Knew when to stop, too - didn't cut the pages. But what do you want? What do you expect" (Chap. 3)?
This book was read in part of my #BookaDay Summer Reading Challenge, you can learn more about this here. Please feel free to subscribe to my blog or follow me on social media to follow my journey through the books I read. Until next time .....