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Saturday, July 3, 2010

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald~★★★★★

Author: F. Scott Fitzgerald
Title: The Great Gatsby
Release Date: Originally published April 10th, 1925 by Charles Scribner's Sons; this edition published June 1996 
Publisher: Scribner Classics
Genre: Classic Fiction 

Book Jacket: "The exemplary novel of the Jazz Age, F. Scott Fitzgerald's third book, The Great Gatsby (1925), stands as the supreme achievement of his career. T.S. Eliot read it three times and saw it as the 'first step' American fiction had taken since Henry James; H.L. Mencken praised 'the charm and beauty of the writing,' as well as Fitzgerald's sharp social sense; and Thomas Wolfe hailed it as Fitzgerald's 'best work' thus far. The story of the fabulously wealthy Jay Gatsby and his love for the beautiful Daisy Buchanan, of lavish parties on Long Island at a time when, The New York Times remarked, "gin was the national drink and sex the national obsession,' it is an exquisitely crafted tale of America in the 1920s that resonates with the power of magic, romance, and mysticism, The Great Gatsby is one of the great classics of twentieth-century literature.
This is the definitive, textually accurate edition of The Great Gatsby, edited by Michael J. Bruccoli and authorized by the estate of F. Scott Fitzgerald. The first edition of The Great Gatsby contained many errors resulting from Fitzgerald's extensive revisions and a rushed production schedule, and subsequent editions introduced further departures from the author's intentions. This critical edition draws on the manuscript and surviving proofs of the novel, along with Fitzgerald's later revisions and corrections, to restore the text to its original form. It is The Great Gatsby as Fitzgerald intended it. 

Taryn's Review: A long time ago, I read The Great Gatsby. I remember not really liking it. Now that I'm older and have read the book (and am much more well-read than I was back then), I found myself in admiration of the book. 

F. Scott Fitzgerald wrote in such way that reminded me of having a butterscotch in my mouth; his words are silky smooth and had an aftertaste that left me desiring more. I love that he told the story from Nick Carraway's point-of-view rather than from Gatsby's or Daisy's or Tom's. To be in that love triangle would have been such a skewed perspective, but Fitzgerald's choice-of-view was perfect. 

The deception, the hope, the greed, the lust (or maybe love?) was fantastic. It was hard for me to understand the upper-society side of the book and Gatsby's change from his old self to his wealthy, elite self. It's something to think about.

Overall, I'm so glad I revisited this book. The twist was quite the ride, and I do agree this this book is a fantastic representation of great American fiction.

2 comments:

  1. Taryn, I am so glad you liked the book! I tried reading it as a freshman in college and just couldn't get into it. I know there must be something to it though if it is considered a classic. when things settle down for me here, I may pick it up again. :)

    robin/ummagumma

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  2. Couldn’t agree with you more! 'The Great Gatsby'is perfect tale of all the emotions that go to make up our world, be it lies and deceit, adultery, greed, or love. It isn’t surprising that the book is often considered a historical fiction, as the story of Gatsby, Daisy, Nick and Tom unfolds against the backdrop of the Jazz Age. As the story progresses, we know what a sham Gatsby is, and yet, at the end, we almost feel sorry for the guy. Does he deserve his end? At the end of the day, what did Jay Gatsby’s life add up to? Here’s a guy who made his way up in society by using unscrupulous means, pretends to be someone he is not, and is now after his old love (who by the way is married to someone else) to come back into his life. The tragedy of his life is that Jay Gatsby, in spite of all the people around him, is a lonely man who died a lonely death. If you haven’t read the book (or even if you have), there are interesting insights into this book on Shmoop. Good stuff.

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