- Paperback: 180 pages
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00GOH3SAW
- Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 12.8 x 1.6 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 269,635 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Great Gatsby (Penguin Modern Classics) by Scott Fitzgerald. F. ( 2000 ) Paperback Paperback
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Most of the main protagonists be they: the eponymous Gatsby, Nick, Daisy, Tom or Jordan indulge in self delusion and have been lured to the east by the hedonistic life style and bright lights of New York and Long Island. Each is ultimately left unfulfilled by the false hope and empty succour offered by the false reality that is the sybaritic, party lifestyle of the pre crash twenties.
Fitzgerald also telling depicts the developing influence of the motor car on everyday life and the growth of consumerism which has so come to dominate modern Western society.In the charismatic Gatsby we also see a prescient insight into the modern obsession with celebrities and fame.
This is both an intoxicating escape into the carefree spirit of the Twenties but also a sober warning against the worst excesses and hubris of mankind.
Since Fitzgerald and his wife spent much of their time post WW1 in Paris one can only assume that he was not enamored of what had become of life in the United States. Nicks depiction of the land between the two "EGGS" and New York City as a barren, grey valley of ashes may very well have been F. Scotts vision of American society in the 1920's with the haves and have nots obviously delineated........from the lavish parties thrown by Gatsby and the money spent on acquisitions by Tom, Daisy and Jordan , juxtaposed with the circumstances of George and Myrtle, put to rest (at least in Fitzgerald's eyes) the idea of the United States as a classless society filled with opportunity for all. Fitzgerald, however, does point out rather eloquently that for all their wealth and material possessions the rich are for the most part just as unhappy and dissatisfied as their poorer counterparts. Both classes are always waiting for the "green light" to pursue their dreams to acquire their hearts desire.
GATSBY is both a morality and a mortality tale of a Godless land in which "the eyes" (of society?? of God??) are always watching and the fear of living is almost as great as the fear of death. I'm glad that I ventured back into GATSBY territory because the passage of many years has opened these eyes to the greater depths of the story that I missed the first time around. Perhaps re-reading those "REQUIRED" books most of us found so boring in English Lit class would be a good challenge for each of us to undertake.
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The Great Gatsby is considered one of the classic novels of American Literature -- a tragic tale of lost love, hedonism, jealousy, and the quest to live the American dream. Read morePublished on 12 Oct. 2014 by Rob Kitchin