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The Great Gatsby By F. Scott Fitzgerald [NOOK Book]

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In my younger and more vulnerable years my father gave me some advice that I’ve been turning over in my mind ever since.

"Whenever you feel like criticizing any one,” he told me, "just remember that all the people in this world haven’t had the advantages that you’ve had.”

He didn’t say any more, but we’ve always been unusually communicative in a reserved way, and I ...
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The Great Gatsby By F. Scott Fitzgerald

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Overview

In my younger and more vulnerable years my father gave me some advice that I’ve been turning over in my mind ever since.

"Whenever you feel like criticizing any one,” he told me, "just remember that all the people in this world haven’t had the advantages that you’ve had.”

He didn’t say any more, but we’ve always been unusually communicative in a reserved way, and I understood that he meant a great deal more than that. In consequence, I’m inclined to reserve all judgments, a habit that has opened up many curious natures to me and also made me the victim of not a few veteran bores. The abnormal mind is quick to detect and attach itself to this quality when it appears in a normal person, and so it came about that in college I was unjustly accused of being a politician, because I was privy to the secret griefs of wild, unknown men. Most of the confidences were unsought — frequently I have feigned sleep, preoccupation, or a hostile levity when I realized by some unmistakable sign that an intimate revelation was quivering on the horizon; for the intimate revelations of young men, or at least the terms in which they express them, are usually plagiaristic and marred by obvious suppressions. Reserving judgments is a matter of infinite hope. I am still a little afraid of missing something if I forget that, as my father snobbishly suggested, and I snobbishly repeat, a sense of the fundamental decencies is parcelled out unequally at birth.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9783736819092
  • Publisher: BookRix
  • Publication date: 6/10/2014
  • Sold by: Readbox
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 197
  • Sales rank: 11,100
  • File size: 615 KB

Meet the Author

F. Scott Fitzgerald
Inseparably associated with a point in history he claimed to despise, F. Scott Fitzgerald is both the quintessential Jazz-Age writer and perhaps the era’s harshest critic. However, the complexity and sheer timelessness of classics such as The Great Gatsby has ensured that Fitzgerald’s work will never be regarded as mere period pieces.

Biography

The greatest writers often function in multifaceted ways, serving as both emblems of their age and crafters of timeless myth. F. Scott Fitzgerald surely fits this description. His work was an undeniable product of the so-called Jazz Age of the 1920s, yet it has a quality that spans time, reaching backward into gothic decadence and forward into the future of a rapidly decaying America. Through five novels, six short story collections, and one collection of autobiographical pieces, Fitzgerald chronicled a precise point in post-WWI America, yet his writing resonates just as boldly today as it did nearly a century ago.

Fitzgerald's work was chiefly driven by the disintegration of America following World War I. He believed the country to be sinking into a cynical, Godless, depraved morass. He was never reluctant to voice criticism of America's growing legions of idle rich. Recreating a heated confrontation with Ernest Hemingway in a short story called "The Rich Boy," Fitzgerald wrote, "Let me tell you about the very rich. They are different from you and me. They possess and enjoy early, and it does something to them, makes them soft where we are hard, and cynical where we are trustful, in a way that, unless you were born rich, it is very difficult to understand. They think, deep in their hearts, that they are better than we are because we had to discover the compensations and refuges of life for ourselves. Even when they enter deep into our world or sink below us, they still think that they are better than we are. They are different."

The preceding quote may sum Fitzgerald's philosophy more completely than any other, yet he also hypocritically embodied much of what he claimed to loathe. Fitzgerald spent money freely, threw lavish parties, drank beyond excess, and globe-trotted with his glamorous but deeply troubled wife Zelda. Still, in novel after novel, he sought to expose the great chasm that divided the haves from the have-nots and the hollowness of wealth. In This Side of Paradise (1920) he cynically follows opulent, handsome Amory Blaine as he bounces aimlessly from Princeton to the military to an uncertain, meaningless future. In The Beautiful and the Damned (1922) Fitzgerald paints a withering portrait of a seemingly idyllic marriage between a pair of socialites that crumbles in the face of Adam Patch's empty pursuit of profit and the fading beauty of his vane wife Gloria.

The richest example of Fitzgerald's disdain for the upper class arrived three years later. The Great Gatsby is an undoubted American classic, recounting naïve Nick Carraway's involvement with a coterie of affluent Long Islanders, and his ultimate rejection of them when their casual decadence leads only to internal back-stabbing and murder. Nick is fascinated by the mysterious Jay Gatsby, who had made the fatal mistake of stepping outside of his lower class status to pursue the lovely but self-centered Daisy Buchanan.

In The Great Gatsby, all elements of Fitzgerald's skills coalesced to create a narrative that is both highly readable and subtly complex. His prose is imbued with elegant lyricism and hard-hitting realism. "It is humor, irony, ribaldry, pathos and loveliness," Edwin C. Clark wrote of the book in the New York Times upon its 1925 publication. "A curious book, a mystical, glamorous story of today. It takes a deeper cut at life than hitherto has been essayed by Mr. Fitzgerald."

Gatsby is widely considered to be Fitzgerald's masterpiece and among the very greatest of all American literature. It is the ultimate summation of his contempt for the Jazz-Age with which he is so closely associated. Gatsby is also one of the clearest and saddest reflections of his own destructive relationship with Zelda, which would so greatly influence the mass of his work.

Fitzgerald only managed to complete one more novel -- Tender is the Night -- before his untimely death in 1940. An unfinished expose of the Hollywood studio system titled The Love of the Last Tycoon would be published a year later. Still The Great Gatsby remains his quintessential novel. It has been a fixture of essential reading lists for decades and continues to remain an influential work begging to be revisited. It has been produced for the big screen three times and was the subject of a movie for television starring Toby Stephens, Mira Sorvino, and Paul Rudd as recently as 2000. Never a mere product of a bygone age, F. Scott Fitzgerald's greatest work continues to evade time.

Good To Know

In 1937, Fitzgerald moved to Hollywood to pursue a screenwriting career. He only completed a single screenplay Three Comrades during this time before being fired for his excessive drinking.

He held a very romantic view of Princeton before attending the university in 1913. However, his failure to maintain adequate grades or become the football star he dreamed to be lead to an early end to his studies in 1917.

Fitzgerald owes a his name to another famous American writer. He was named after Francis Scott Key, the composer of "The Star Spangled Banner," who also happened to be a distant relative of Fitzgerald's.

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    1. Also Known As:
      Francis Scott Key Fitzgerald (real name)
    1. Date of Birth:
      September 24, 1896
    2. Place of Birth:
      St. Paul, Minnesota
    1. Date of Death:
      December 21, 1940

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 22, 2013

    Do not buy

    This is just the first 22 pages!!! DO NOT BUY

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    Posted May 11, 2013

    Just bought this and got the whole book! Maybe others are clicki

    Just bought this and got the whole book! Maybe others are clicking on "get the free sample"? Not sure, but i definitely received the whole novel.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 27, 2013

    This is the whole book, I have no idea what that other review is

    This is the whole book, I have no idea what that other review is talking about. Buy it with confidence. It's a great book and a great value!!

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    Posted May 12, 2013

    Good buy

    I got all 300 and some pages!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 27, 2013

    Great book! I love having this on my nook. I can't wait for th

    Great book! I love having this on my nook. I can't wait for the movie!

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    Posted May 12, 2013

    Barnes & Noble

    Hello, readers. On behalf of our company, we rrccomend that you read this interesting novel

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 12, 2013

    It is the whole book

    The 2.99 plus tax version is the whole book. I have to admit the trailer for the movie got me interested in reading the book. I can't wait to start.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 12, 2013

    Want to read....

    If you only got 22 pages you probably hit the sample button.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 11, 2013

    No worries

    The whole book is there, im not sure what other reviews are talking about. Great book!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 28, 2013

    Your right only 22 pages. I did not believe,but it is true. Quite a rip off.

    To bad!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 27, 2013

    Same happened to me :'(

    I got the 22 page version when i bought this as well. It was quite a bummer. I wonder why only some get the whole version but others don't?
    Just to be safe from buying only 22 pages, i suggest not buying this version. Yes it's the cheaper one, but i would reather have the whole book than be cheated.

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    Posted August 14, 2014

    Haven't read the whole book

    The beginning doesn't really get me hooked. I'm trying it, though.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 21, 2013

    Bad PR SCAM

    DO NOT TRUST THE NEGATIVE REVIEWS!! The negative reviews reek of a bad PR move to get you to buy the more expensive version. This version is the full book. Just read it myself and what a great read it was.

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    Posted May 14, 2013

    Book will only read horizontally

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 12, 2013

    Great book

    At first I only haad the first 22 pages but when i went back to shop and realized i had accidentally pressed free sample

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 11, 2013

    Do not buy

    I bought and also only received 22 pages. What a rip off!

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