- Series: Oxford Bookworms Library
- Paperback: 112 pages
- Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA; UK ed. edition (November 29, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 019478617X
- ISBN-13: 978-0194786171
- Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.3 x 7.7 inches
- Shipping Weight: 4.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 12 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,982,536 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Oxford Bookworms Library: Stage 5: The Great Gatsby UK ed. Edition
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considered a member of the "Lost Generation" of the Twenties. He finished four novels, This Side of Paradise, The Beautiful and Damned, Tender Is the Night and his most famous, the celebrated classic, The Great Gatsby. A fifth, unfinished novel, The Love of the Last Tycoon was published
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The story starts off slowly, but by the end of the book, the story is very suspenseful, and makes you want to know what is going to happen in the next chapter. Love, money, and sexiness are the major themes throughout the story. The love and emotions in this story are felt very deeply by the characters. The characters were very complicated, and it was difficult to tell who the main character in the book was. The book is written like Daisy's cousin Nick is telling the story, but the story really isn't about Nick at all. The story is mainly about Jay Gatsby and Daisy Buchanan's love, and we understand the story through Nick's eyes. The characters were also complicated because they each had a different secret.
In general, The Great Gatsby was my favorite book that I've read in English. The ending has a surprising change in the story that you wouldn't ever guess. F. Scott Fitzgerald is very talented in how he writes about the themes and the characters in The Great Gatsby. The story also does a great job representing American culture in the 1920s, including new money, prohibition, big bright parties with jazz music, and secrets everywhere. I recommend this book to people who like stories and they are in their 20s or 30s.
Fitzgerald, F. S. (2013). The Great Gatsby. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
The great Gatsby is one of the most breath taking novels I have ever read. Although, it is set in a different culture from me, I was able to understand it. Every time, I start with a chapter I feel like I am striving for more because the narrator who is Nick describes the details of this story in a beautiful way. Actually, the plot takes me inside the events. For example, I was smiling while Gatsby met Daisy for the first time after a while. Moreover, I felt nervous and concerned about the battle, which happened between Tom and Gatsby. In addition, I felt emotional connection between me and the characters. I felt sorry for toward George Wilson who loves his wife deeply when Myrtle Wilson cheats on him with wealthy Tom. I felt disrespect toward Myrtle who is acquisitive person. She preferred the money instead of true love. In fact, the cover of this novel attracted me to read it. The cover carries a character with vague facial expressions. I could not decide whether the man on the cover page is sad or worried about something. On the other hand, I don't like some of the main themes in this novel. Actually, the meaning of the marriage was distorted. Marriage is a commitment for life long relationship. However, they distort this term. The second point which I don’t like, is the dishonesty and corruption. Despite of their ways, all the characters were dishonest. Finally, I strongly recommend reading this novel.