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  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage Classics (2 May 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0099577720
  • ISBN-13: 978-0099577720
  • Product Dimensions: 13.8 x 2.4 x 20.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,755 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 368,115 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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F. Scott Fitzgerald was born in 1896 in St Paul, Minnesota, and went to Princeton University which he left in 1917 to join the army. Fitzgerald was said to have epitomised the Jazz Age, an age inhabited by a generation he defined as 'grown up to find all Gods dead, all wars fought, all faiths in man shaken'.

In 1920 he married Zelda Sayre. Their destructive relationship and her subsequent mental breakdowns became a major influence on his writing. Among his publications were five novels, This Side of Paradise, The Great Gatsby, The Beautiful and Damned, Tender is the Night and The Love of the Last Tycoon (his last and unfinished work): six volumes of short stories and The Crack-Up, a selection of autobiographical pieces.

Fitzgerald died suddenly in 1940. After his death The New York Times said of him that 'He was better than he knew, for in fact and in the literary sense he invented a "generation" ... he might have interpreted them and even guided them, as in their middle years they saw a different and nobler freedom threatened with destruction.'

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In 1922, F Scott Fitzgerald announced his decision to write "something new--something extraordinary and beautiful and simple, intricately patterned". That extraordinary, beautiful, intricately patterned and, above all, simple novel became The Great Gatsby, arguably Fitzgerald's finest work and certainly the book for which he is best known. A portrait of the Jazz Age in all of its decadence and excess, Gatsby captured the spirit of the author's generation and earned itself a permanent place in American mythology. Self-made, self-invented millionaire Jay Gatsby embodies some of Fitzgerald's--and his country's--most abiding obsessions: money, ambition, greed and the promise of new beginnings. "Gatsby believed in the green light, the orgiastic future that year by year recedes before us. It eluded us then, but that's no matter--tomorrow we will run faster, stretch out our arms farther... And one fine morning--" Gatsby's rise to glory and eventual fall from grace be comes a kind of cautionary tale about the American Dream.

It's also a love story, of sorts, the narrative of Gatsby's quixotic passion for Daisy Buchanan. The pair meet five years before the novel begins, when Daisy is a legendary young Louisville beauty and Gatsby an impoverished officer. They fall in love, but while Gatsby serves overseas, Daisy marries the brutal, bullying but extremely rich Tom Buchanan. After the war, Gatsby devotes himself blindly to the pursuit of wealth by whatever means--and to the pursuit of Daisy, which amounts to the same thing. "Her voice is full of money," Gatsby says admiringly, in one of the novel's more famous descriptions. His millions made, Gatsby buys a mansion across Long Island Sound from Daisy's patrician East Egg address, throws lavish parties and waits for her to appear. When s he does, events unfold with all the tragic inevitability of a Greek drama, with detached, cynical neighbour Nick Carraway acting as chorus throughout. Spare, elegantly plotted and written in crystalline prose, The Great Gatsby is as perfectly satisfying as the best kind of poem. Perry Freeman, --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


"It’s an absolute gem and stands head and shoulders above the others. With its thick creamy pages and gorgeous black, gold and mint green cover design inspired by pieces from the Tiffany archive, not only is it a pleasure to hold but for once it delivers on the publisher’s promise to “evoke the beauty and romance, glamour and luxury of the Roaring Twenties depicted in the novel"" (Evening Standard)

"The Great Gatsby remains not just one of the greatest works of American literature, but a timeless evocation of the allure, corruption and carelessness of wealth...a gilded society intoxicated by wealth, dancing its way into the Great Depression." (The Times)

"Gatsby is a connoisseur's guide to the glamour and glitter of the Jazz Age, but it's also a nearly prophetic glimpse into the world to come. Writing at the height of the boom, in the midst of the Roaring Twenties, Fitzgerald detected the ephemerality, fakery and corruption always lurking at the heart of the great American success story... A haunting meditation on aspiration, disillusionment, romantic love - and a blistering exposé of the materialism, duplicity, and sexual politics driving what Fitzgerald calls America's true "business": "the service of a vast, vulgar, and meretricious beauty"" (The Times)

"It is a marvellously suggestive novel...a parable of modern America, and by extension of modern life" (Daily Telegraph)

"The first and greatest modern novel, it has beautiful women, lavish parties, romance, betrayal and murder woven together in an intricately structured plot. A prescient comment on the dying days of a gilded age that is brilliant entertainment with a very eloquent insight" (Mirror)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Murakami fan on 17 Aug 2014
Format: Paperback
Well...this book has gotten overwhelmingly positive reviews on Amazon.

I picked it up at my local bookstore as I thought I should give one of the "classics" a read.

I skipped the intro foreword thing and just got straight to the story.

It's only 115 pages, but took me over a MONTH to finish. What does this tell you? Perhaps this isn't the most engaging or thrilling book out there. I'm glad I persevered with it however, because at least I can say "Oh yeah, I've read the Great Gatsby" - but apart from that, there's nothing else to it.

Plot - was fairly interesting, didn't hate the actual story line, felt a bit sad at the end. I was able to actually follow it at least.

Writing - This is what made it not so enjoyable. The description and the choice of words were so strange, I just could not follow it half the time. Perhaps it's because of my age (early 20's) so perhaps some of the writing is lost on me, but half the time I had to re-read parts to try and understand what the hell he was talking about. And because of this, it was occasionally hard to understand the plot.

Not terrible overall, I don't HATE it, and perhaps I'll watch the movie to get a better idea of the story, but I was definitely glad to finish it and move onto something else. But the fact that it took me a MONTH to finish is a reflection on the content of the book and its difficulty, not my reading skills! (I have finished novels 3x the length in just a week or so)...
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Liz Coulter on 16 Aug 2012
Format: Paperback
One of my friends raves about this book, it's his favourite and he reads it over and over again so I had very high expectations when I sat down to read it. Unfortunately it didn't really live up to them and I felt a bit let down. Maybe I am just terribly uncultured and didn't fully understand the meaning behind it all, but I didn't really enjoy it! It was kind of average to be honest. Luckily it's not very long so it's a quick read!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ivan TOP 500 REVIEWER on 5 Aug 2014
Format: Paperback
Most of my American Literature tends to be the E A Poe / Lovecraft new world Gothic, but occasionally I'll wander off and read something a little more "mainstream." Except - Fitzgerald isn't. First of all his work is so utterly distinctive that, as would be the case with Lovecraft, it is quite possible to have a few previously unheard paragraphs read out and be reasonably certain that it IS Fitzgerald. I don't think it's his choice of language, it's his utterly surreal character narratives. Gatsby, like most of his other works gives me the feeling of being trapped in a nightmare alternative reality that is SO close to "normal" that it could all go unnoticed, apart from a thread of give-away subtle inconsistency that runs through, and connects, everything. The result, once one spots it, is terrifying, rather like suddenly waking up and realising that you're in The Matrix, or at least in some psychotic dream where the outcome, though inevitable, is uncertain.
I'm surprised that this is rarely commented on, but supposing for one moment that my observation is not simply delusional, It would be correct to pitch Fitzgerald in Poe's shoes rather than, say, Mark Twain's.

Gatsby puts the bejeebers up me. The picture he paints is beautifully rendered, detailed and coldly charming, but at any moment I could see his characters slipping off their perfect masks and displaying grinning lizard features beneath. I can't think of another author who does that. O.K. plenty do it in genre fiction, of course, but there it's expected and the universe is different enough to allow "genre" rules to apply. Not so Fitzgerald. He never announces that the reader is trapped in "otherness" and everyone carries on as if he isn't, but the cracks in the wallpaper tell a different story. This is sheer brilliance.
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78 of 87 people found the following review helpful By J C E Hitchcock on 1 May 2013
Format: Paperback
F. Scott Fitzgerald is credited with inventing the term "The Jazz Age" to describe the 1920s, and he is often regarded as the greatest chronicler of that age in fiction. Today the "Roaring Twenties" are often regarded as a brief, prosperous, carefree and hedonistic interval between the war-torn 1910s and the economically depressed 1930s, the age of jazz, of cocktails, of Art Deco, of flappers and of the Charleston. Like all attempts to summarise a whole decade in a single phrase, or even in a single sentence, however, this one can never be more than a half-truth. The decade was certainly a time of relative prosperity in the United States (less so in Europe), but it was also an era haunted by memories of the Great War and its attendant bloodshed and by a sense of foreboding about the future. The era's much-vaunted hedonism can be seen as the reaction of a largely urban, well-to-do minority against the Puritanism of the not-so-silent majority. This was, after all, the decade of Prohibition and of ultra-conservative forms of religion, exemplified by the notorious Scopes trial in which a schoolteacher was put on trial for teaching evolutionary theory.

Jay Gatsby, the central character of this novel, is a quintessentially Roaring Twenties figure. Originally a North Dakota farmboy named James Gatz, he served with distinction in the United States army during World War I and then went into business, becoming a self-made millionaire, wealthy enough to afford a luxurious mansion where he hosts lavish parties. Gatsby's mansion is on the North Shore of Long Island, an area with so many wealthy residents during this period that it became known as the Gold Coast.
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