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  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin; Rev Ed edition (27 Oct. 1988)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0140771972
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140771978
  • Product Dimensions: 1.3 x 13.3 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
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After achieving success and recognition with the publication of his first novel, This Side of Paradise, in 1920, Scott Fitzgerald chose both to identify his writing career with the ebullience and optimism of the decade, and also to be its keen critic. Read the first page
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62 of 62 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 15 April 2001
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This critical study of The Great Gatsby not only gives an excellent feel of the time the novel itself was written (see the chapters on The Jazz Age, and The Post-War Voice), but explores in depth themes and issues emerging from the text. Imagery such as death and ghosts, the colours gold and white, and the sea, are all discussed, as is the relationship between the four main scenes where the action takes place. As you would expect, the main characters themselves, and what they represent, are looked at in detail, and Gatsby himself is given a thorough analysis, with dedicated sections on, for example, his mysterious past and the destructive nature of his dream and his aspirations. In addition, this study also offers separate sections on the women characters and their role in the novel. Towards the end of this book, the author broadens her subject matter and places 'The Great Gatsby' in its true context as possibly the greatest American novel ever written. She discusses the myth of the American Dream and the symbolism of the American Mid West and the East Coast.
This critical study offers a fairly thorough and broad analysis of The Great Gatsby, and is certainly useful as a starting point for those studying the novel. It also contains a further reading list at the back.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Tommy Jet on 9 Sept. 2008
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This book saved my life when I had write an essay on Gatsby. It gives a deeper and more critical approach than the "Quick Notes" kind of books, but still covers a wide range of topics in easy to read essays.
Though not quite in depth enough for degree level studies, it still gives a good starting point and helps to give a clear understanding of the narrative, symbols, characters and wider contexts of the novel.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. M. Sullivan on 29 Jun. 2009
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great book, organised really well into sections that make essays easy to write. Great sections particularly in time and nattarive voice. Highly reccomended for anyone doing gatsby for A level English lit.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By del on 12 April 2012
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I bought this to help me with my As level. This is a really good book, it's easy to follow and has sections on practically everything you could need for the exam. Great!
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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Jumjum on 1 Aug. 2009
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I've always found this series to be fantastically helpful in the past, and treasure some of my Penguin Critical Studies for other A level texts I've taught. However, although some thoughtful analysis is contained in this Gatsby' one, it is heavily reliant on page references to the 1984/20th Century classics edition of 'The Great Gatsby', and if you don't happen to have this edition, you will be spending a lot of time trying to track down page references.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By meh rofl on 18 April 2010
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When you read a book, you sometimes get the feeling that you havent extrapolated all the meaning, havent really understood it in its fullest. This book really donated insight and drew out on the relevant themes. Really happy with this one.
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By Shelalbrow on 11 May 2011
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This critical studies is a must buy for anyone studying 'The Great Gatbsy' at a-level or above. It offers much more than its competitors such as, 'The York Notes', in valuable quotations and theme explanations. Only thing i could fault it on is that it is not very easy to read. So if you're looking for a detailed in depth analysis, this IS the book for you. If you're looking for a wishy washy general review...then york notes is the place :)

5 STARS *****
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I am studying A Level English Literature and this book is SO helpful. Would reccomend to anyone. Usefully divided into sections e.g 'Daisy', 'Eggs' and is extremely in depth, all backed up with quotations. Such great points and ideas, too.
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