The Great Gatsby

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Overview

The Great Gatsby is a 1925 novel written by American author F. Scott Fitzgerald that follows a cast of characters living in the fictional town of West Egg on prosperous Long Island in the summer of 1922. The story primarily concerns the young and mysterious millionaire Jay Gatsby and his quixotic passion for the beautiful Daisy Buchanan. Considered to be Fitzgerald's magnum opus, The Great Gatsby explores themes of decadence, idealism, resistance to change, social upheaval, and excess, creating a portrait of the ...
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Overview

The Great Gatsby is a 1925 novel written by American author F. Scott Fitzgerald that follows a cast of characters living in the fictional town of West Egg on prosperous Long Island in the summer of 1922. The story primarily concerns the young and mysterious millionaire Jay Gatsby and his quixotic passion for the beautiful Daisy Buchanan. Considered to be Fitzgerald's magnum opus, The Great Gatsby explores themes of decadence, idealism, resistance to change, social upheaval, and excess, creating a portrait of the Jazz Age or the Roaring Twenties that has been described as a cautionary tale regarding the American Dream.

Fitzgerald, inspired by the parties he had attended while visiting Long Island's north shore, began planning the novel in 1923 desiring to produce, in his words, "something new-something extraordinary and beautiful and simple and intricately patterned." Progress was slow with Fitzgerald completing his first draft following a move to the French Riviera in 1924. His editor, Maxwell Perkins, felt the book was too vague and convinced the author to revise over the next winter. Fitzgerald was ambivalent about the book's title, at various times wishing to re-title the novel Trimalchio in West Egg.

First published by Scribner's in April 1925, The Great Gatsby received mixed reviews and sold poorly; in its first year, the book sold only 20,000 copies. Fitzgerald died in 1940, believing himself to be a failure and his work forgotten. However, the novel experienced a revival during World War II, and became a part of American high school curricula and numerous stage and film adaptations in the following decades. Today, The Great Gatsby is widely considered to be a literary classic and a contender for the title "Great American Novel". The book is consistently ranked among the greatest works of American literature. In 1998 the Modern Library editorial board voted it the best American novel and the second best novel in the English language

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Editorial Reviews

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Readers in that sizeable group of people who think The Great Gatsby is the Great American Novel will be delighted with Robbins's subtle, brainy and immensely touching new reading. There have been audio versions of Gatsby before this-by Alexander Scourby and Christopher Reeve, to name two-but actor/director Robbins brings a fresh and bracing vision that makes the story gleam. From the jaunty irony of the title page quote ("Lover, gold-hatted, high-bouncing lover, I must have you!") to the poetry
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781499179514
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
  • Publication date: 4/18/2014
  • Pages: 194
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 0.41 (d)

Meet the Author

Francis Scott Key Fitzgerald (September 24, 1896 – December 21, 1940) was an American Jazz Age author of novels and short stories. He is regarded as one of the greatest twentieth century writers. Fitzgerald was of the self-styled "Lost Generation," Americans born in the 1890s who came of age during World War I. He finished four novels, left a fifth unfinished, and wrote dozens of short stories that treat themes of youth, despair, and age.
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Customer Reviews

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 27, 2013

    This is only the first 22 pages.. DO NOT BUY!!

    This is only the first 22 pages.. DO NOT BUY!!

    44 out of 45 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 27, 2013

    This is a rip off! It only has the first chapter. Don't buy thi

    This is a rip off! It only has the first chapter. Don't buy this!!!

    35 out of 36 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 27, 2013

    What the heck? This only has the first few pages! RIPOFF! Zero s

    What the heck? This only has the first few pages! RIPOFF! Zero stars!

    26 out of 29 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 8, 2013

    A rip off

    Only got the first chapter! They should tell you before you buy. Going to B/N for a refund. Very disapointed aand shame on you B/N!!!

    17 out of 20 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 12, 2013

    The Great Rea

    There is a reason The Great Gatsby is on everyone's "Best Books of the 20th Century" list. It is a great read from start to finish. I picked it up and could not stop until sleep overcame me, then finished it the next day. It grabs you from page one and never lets go, enveloping you with memorable characters, a brilliant plot and a setting of time and place - the haunts of the very rich in the 1920s - which has rarely been equalled, and never surpassed, in American fiction. Fitzgerald at his best, and his best was superb.

    11 out of 19 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 5, 2013

    Only the first 17 pgs. Rip off

    What happened to the rest?

    10 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 12, 2013

    DO NOT BUY THIS!!!!!

    So, i knew i should've read the reviews first! PLEASE READ THIS!!! Do not buy this. Only 22 pages. There has gotta be a way to get a refund.

    7 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 11, 2012

    Warning: Wrong Book

    This is listed as The Great Gatsby in the Nook library, but it is The Kama Sutra!! Don't buy it if you want The Great Gatsby!! I hope I can get a refund!

    6 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 12, 2013

    112 pages???

    What got was only 112 pages...any thoughts? Doesnt seem like that is right. How do you get a refund???

    5 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 5, 2013

    Classic novel

    Great story once you get used to Fitzgerald's writing style.

    4 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 8, 2013

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    3 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 28, 2013

    Whole version...

    Is this the whole book? It seems like it got to the end but some parts are confusing like something was missing. My version was only 112 pages but i know the real book was 218. Help?

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 8, 2013

    Sucks

    2 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 29, 2013

    Jason

    Fingers your azz

    1 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 12, 2013

    Loved it

    I thought the book was well written and it kept my attention... loved the books and the movies

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 31, 2013

    A Must Read

    There is a reason it is one of the required reads by high school teachers. I didn't choose to read this book while I was in school. At age 53 I wish I would have chosen to read this book a long time ago.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 18, 2013

    Do not buy

    How can you geta refund on the noook?

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 28, 2012

    BADLY FORMATTED

    I hate to it when publishers of ebooks are sloppy with tpyeface and presentation. If they are going to charge me $9.99 they need to do a professional job of editing and presenting it. I have been ripped off by this publisher and B&N.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 14, 2014

    The Great Gatsby caught destroying a printer!

    Recently, Jay Gatsby was found swinging away at a fancy printer with Jordan Baker's favorite golf club. Gatsby appears to have an issue with his old and now married girlfriend, Daisy Buchannan. According to his neighbor, Nick Carraway, Gatsby snuck out with the nice printer from the Buchannan household. He then smashed it with Baker's golf club under a tree in Carraway's front yard.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 14, 2014

    more from this reviewer

    Awlays a good read

    This book has been a favorite of mine for a long time. I always enjoy picking it up for a quick read.

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