Sunday, May 31, 2009

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Synopsis: The mysterious Jay Gatsby embodies the American notion that it is possible to redefine oneself and persuade the world to accept that definition. Gatsby's youthful neighbor, Nick Carraway, fascinated with the display of enormous wealth in which Gatsby revels, finds himself swept up in the lavish lifestyle of Long Island society during the Jazz Age. Considered Fitzgerald's best work, The Great Gatsby is a mystical, timeless story of integrity and cruelty, vision and despair.
Annotation
The timeless story of Jay Gatsby and his love for Daisy Buchanan is widely acknowledged to be the closest thing to the Great American Novel ever written.

Publisher: Caedmon; Unabridged edition (October 1, 2002)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0060098910
ISBN-13: 978-0060098919

My thoughts: This book, a story taking place in the '20s written in the 20s was remarkable to me. The characters, mostly shallow personalities, came to life. The writing was beautiful, the descriptions painted in word. I liked that the story was told with little outside information to clutter it. I enjoyed "reading" it for the prose although I don't usually like reading such tragic stories. In the end I felt sad for Gatsby. Even though he gained his wealth through criminal activities he showed loyalty and love which lacked in the object of his devotion, Daisy. Guess I'll have to watch the movie again. I listened to this on my iPod.

SparkNotes for The Great Gatsby.
The Great Gatsby website.
Read it online here.

Challenges:
100+ Reading Challenge
5x4 Reading challenge
RYOB Challenge

classic, romance, tragedy, wealth, greed, American Dream

1 comment:

Mary said...

I love this book and read it every couple of years (usually on vacation).