The Great Gatsby
The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald Book Summary
An Apple Books Classics edition.
The Roaring Twenties are in full effect in F. Scott Fitzgerald’s riveting classic. Man-about-town Jay Gatsby seems to have it all, including loads of money and a massive mansion where he hosts wild, extravagant parties every Saturday. But Gatsby’s missing one thing: Daisy Buchanan, the love of his life, the one who got away.
The Great Gatsby explores the impossible, but uniquely human, longing to return to the past and the costs associated with chasing the American Dream. It’s a beautifully written, entertaining read with timeless emotional appeal.
The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald Book Reviews
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It’s a good book and I definitely recommend. I definitely learned about respect and learned to not be envious.
In a word, “The Great Gatsby” is fun. It’s hard to put the book down once you start since Fitzgerald strikes a perfect a perfect balance between descriptive worldbuilding and advancing the plot. The novel’s readability is also helped by the fact that his use of language has aged incredibly and reads like something you’d find today in the New Yorker (i.e. no need for that 18th century Webster’s Dictionary here!). If you haven’t read it since high school, I definitely recommend another read. However, be warned, it will be difficult not to mentally picture that Leonardo DiCaprio meme when Jay Gatsby finally makes his appearance.
A frenetic classic American gothic dream.
Gatsby believes that money will buy him friendship, love, respectability and will erase the lost years. He irritates us sometimes, but we forgive him, because he’s gifted with hope, generosity and a touching naivety reminiscent of childhood. Fitzgerald excels at revealing the criminal flippancy of the poor, who end up paying for their mistakes, and that of the rich, who cynically escape their actions’ consequences. The fabulous style, the bewitching images and the author’s way of showing the emotions in subtle and effective means add to the illusion and lead us, with the hero, into nostalgic daydreams. We let ourselves be seduced by Daisy’s voice, overwhelmed by Tom’s presence and enchanted by Gatsby’s smile. For me, this book is a masterpiece and I can’t resist the pleasure of sharing an excerpt. “A breeze blew through the room, blew curtains in at one end and out the other like pale flags, twisting them up toward the frosted wedding-cake of the ceiling, and then rippled over the wine-colored rug, making a shadow on it as wind does on the sea. The only completely stationary object in the room was an enormous couch on which two young women were buoyed up as though upon an anchored balloon. They were both in white, and their dresses were rippling and fluttering as if they had just been blown back in after a short flight around the house. I must have stood for a few moments listening to the whip and snap of the curtains and the groan of a picture on the wall. Then there was a boom as Tom Buchanan shut the rear windows and the caught wind died out about the room, and the curtains and the rugs and the two young women ballooned slowly to the floor.”
It’s a challenging well-written read. And in my opinion an interesting illustration of shallowness and “all that glitters ain’t gold”
F. Scott Fitzgerald is a phenomenal writer. I loved the depths he dove into when writing. I just hated the relationships in it. It could have had such a great potential with the beginning of the story, but when it ended, I felt deflated and flat. Not one I would necessarily recommend.
the book wasnt awful the writings good i just cant help but give it three stars because of how much i dislike most of the characters there area few exceptions here like nick isnt awful and i like jordan. might be a favorite for some people and i can see why its a classic but not my cup of tea
I decided to read this book because of it’s major reputation and it’s place in classical literature. However after having finished it, I am enormously underwhelmed with my experience. Perhaps where was some greater metaphor or message I missed in my time reading it, maybe not, I don’t particularly care to go back and find it either way. Beautiful writing, disappointing book.
This book was incredibly good, read it as I worked out and at school, so many motifs and turns I definitely was not expecting highly recommended any highschool student to read and anyone wanting to get into good read.
Very poignant look at the emptiness of life without the experience of true love and friendship. I hear Bessie Smith singing the old blues classic “Nobody Loves You When You’re Down and Out.”
A tragic tale of a man who would reinvent himself to fit into shallow promises of love.
An invaluable lesson of letting go since we don’t always get what we want. Life is short and fragile.
Spellbound reading of a great classic! So many twists and turns and breathtaking surprises. Beautiful art. Thank goodness! Thank you F. Scott!!
Very beautiful words if ideologies are ignored. The main character has a certain subtlety to him, which is amusing at times. Overall, very enjoyable and pleasing read.
Great word play. Fast read. Loved it.
This production was great and really brought this classic to modern life.
Overall very great book and was fun to read it
This edition has typographical errors on every other page. It’s distracting, but it’s free. Beggars—alas—cannot be choosers.
Haven’t read a book in what feels like a decade. Finished in less than 24 hours. Great read, always loved the movie but the book was even better too my surprise!
That’s a good book today
This book may possibly be my favorite book of all time and anything less than 5 stars feels criminal
Had to read it for school
This is my second time reading and it’s still as good as before. Gatsby didn’t deserve to die and his murder was all because Tom lied. And of course daisy she doesn’t have a clue what she wants
You always hear the movie doesn’t match up to the book. I can honestly say this book was incredible! I could picture Leonardo DiCaprio playing his role of Gatsby as I turned each page!
It’s a classic and an amazing read.
This is a good book to read it as a play
Where do I start!!! Rip to the late gatsby. Hey never wait for live. The end
Only book ever to make me somehow hate every single character at some point.
I had to read this book in high school English class and I didn’t really care for it then. I decided to give it another try just for leisure and it was a great story! Glad I re-read it.
A must read. A gripping tale of life. Sad but real. I read it the first time over 50 years ago and it still leaves me speechless.
Wanted to read it again, was a good
Some critic in the last half year (2021) suggested that this Fitzgerald classic was deeper than meets the eye. I can see why. Compared with his contemporaries Steinbeck and Hemingway, I can see why this book is come comparable in depth and breadth. My mom wanted to read this book in the late 1990s. Instead I bought her some Henry James novels on sale. I am not sure if she ever read it, but I have now, and I think of her, and all the people implied in it (human kind), and I am glad I read it. Worth the read. I will read more Fitzgerald.
I read quite a bit, but in terms of fine literature, I am pitifully uneducated. The Great Gatsby took me to class. Fitzgerald’s prose and vocabulary grabbed me in the first few pages, I found that I was unable to pause my reading. His descriptions of the era somehow made me feel nostalgic for the time his story takes place in, even though I’m far too young to remember those days.
One of my favorite books and the best characters
I love classic literature and was anxious to add The Great Gatsby to my completed pile. What a slog. The characters are all self possessed, living squalid lives of little or no redeaming value with no moral value to cheer for. I am glad to have read it for the literary references, but truly cannot recommend it in any way.
The death of a main character felt kinda random
None of it made sense to me, and could not persuade myself to go on reading it.
One of the greatest pieces of writing in the history of man
Gorgeous book — absolutely a classic, and for a reason. I’ve never read this novel before but, for some reason, I found myself to be entirely drawn to it by reasons unknown to me. The artistry of The Great Gatsby is so magnificent and it stands as the original “would you rather be rich in cash and loneliness, or poor in money but alone?” I’m going to go cry now. I am in love with this masterpiece.
A master of the descriptive narrative.
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Good writer. Glad I exposed myself to him. Everyone should give him a go.
makes sense why its free.
This is a great book
Very captivating with beautiful twists and turns!! A definite must read!!
Thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. Would definitely recommend it to anyone
Possibly one of the most poetically written novels I have ever read. Packed with intrigue, Fitzgerald allows the reader to dive into the star mingled void of the Upper class society of East/WestEgg society. Truly splendid. Thank you to whomever made the decision that this novel should be free for all to read. I think Fitzgerald would have liked that idea.
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Francis Scott Key Fitzgerald (September 24, 1896 – December 21, 1940) was an American novelist, essayist, and short story writer. He is best known for his novels depicting the flamboyance and excess of the Jazz Age—a term he popularized. During his lifetime, he published four novels, four story collections, and 164 short stories. Although he achieved temporary popular success and fortune in the 1920s, Fitzgerald received critical acclaim only after his death and is now widely regarded as one of the greatest American writers of the 20th century. Born into a middle-class family in Saint Paul, Minnesota, Fitzgerald was raised primarily in New York state. He attended Princeton University where he befriended future literary critic Edmund Wilson. Owing to a failed romantic relationship with Chicago socialite Ginevra King, he dropped out in 1917 to join the United States Army during World War I. While stationed in Alabama, he met Zelda Sayre, a Southern debutante who belonged to Montgome....