The Great Gatsby

The Great Gatsby

Fiction, General Fiction
Paperback Published on: 24/02/2000
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The Great Gatsby
The Great Novel.
There is something delicious about The Great Gatsby. It wraps you in the decadent but wholly false feel of the roaring twenties coating everything with the... READ MORE
Harriet Crisp at Crawley
The Great Gatsby
I would love to go back in time!
I'm sorry to say that the first time I read this was for my Modern American Lit Class at Uni; and yes I had been missing out for years. Fitzgerald paints a... READ MORE
Taran Baker at Milton Keynes Mid Place


Only Gatsby, the man who gives his name to this book, was exempt from my reaction – Gatsby who represented everything for which I have unaffected scorn. If personality is an unbroken series of successful gestures, then there was something gorgeous about him, some heightened sensitivity to the promises of life, as if he were related to one of those intricate machines that measure earthquakes ten thousand miles away.

The Great Gatsby is F. Scott Fitzgerald's brilliant fable of the hedonistic excess and tragic reality of 1920s America.

Young, handsome and fabulously rich, Jay Gatsby is the bright star of the Jazz Age, but as writer Nick Carraway is drawn into the decadent orbit of his Long Island mansion, where the party never seems to end, he finds himself faced by the mystery of Gatsby's origins and desires.

Beneath the shimmering surface of his life, Gatsby is hiding a secret: a silent longing that can never be fulfilled. And soon, this destructive obsession will force his world to unravel.

In The Great Gatsby, Fitzgerald brilliantly captures both the disillusionment of post-war America and the moral failure of a society obsessed with wealth and status. But he does more than render the essence of a particular time and place, for - in chronicling Gatsby's tragic pursuit of his dream - Fitzgerald re-creates the universal conflict between illusion and reality.

Like Jay Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald (1896-1940) has acquired a mythical status in American literary history, and his masterwork The Great Gatsby is considered by many to be the 'great American novel'. In 1920 he married Zelda Sayre, dubbed 'the first American Flapper', and their traumatic marriage and Zelda's gradual descent into insanity became the leading influence on his writing. As well as many short stories, Fitzgerald wrote five novels This Side of Paradise, The Great Gatsby, The Beautiful and the Damned, Tender is the Night and, incomplete at the time of his death, The Last Tycoon. After his death The New York Times said of him that 'in fact and in the literary sense he created a "generation"'.

This Penguin Classics edition is edited with an introduction and notes by Tony Tanner.

  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
  • ISBN: 9780141182636
  • Number of pages: 240
  • Weight: 180g
  • Dimensions: 196 x 128 x 22 mm

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The Great Gatsby
The Great Gatsby is in fact great.
I have really enjoyed this classic! The development between characters and the detailed selective narrative makes the read that every bit more enjoyable. B... READ MORE
The Great Gatsby
Must Read alert!!
Love this book! I was first introduced to it when I studied it for higher english and what a joy it was! I love F. Scott Fitzgerald's writing style as well... READ MORE
The Great Gatsby
All is not as it seems old sport
Whilst a damning indictment of the shallow materialism of the 1920’s, arguably this zeitgeist work is an even more effective treatise on reality and self d... READ MORE
Tim Dumble
The Great Gatsby
The Great Gatsby
The Great Gatsby has been on my "to read" list for quite some time and I am glad I finally read this awesome classic. Nick Carraway tells us the story of h... READ MORE
The Great Gatsby
Possibly the best book I've read
I first read this book for A-level English and immediatley fell in love with it. Fitzgerald's writting style presents vivid images from Gatsby's lavish par... READ MORE
Emain Mhacha
The Great Gatsby
A stunning book
This seminal book, from one of America's greatest authors F Scott Fitzgerald, was set in the classical american era when driving was still a new pleasure t... READ MORE
The Great Gatsby
Absolutely fantastic, one of my favourite books. LOVE IT!
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The Great Gatsby
One of the greatest books of the 20th century, and a world apart from Scott F's other works. Magnificent, transformative, and sublimely well written - not ... READ MORE
Chained Bear
The Great Gatsby
Simply the best fiction ever written.
This book is the top, it's the Queen of Sheba, it's the top! From first page to last it gripped me. A fantastic and lengthy introduction from Professor T... READ MORE
Tyneside Ted
The Great Gatsby
Good but not for me
The Great Gatsby is F. Scott Fitzgerald's brilliant fable of the hedonistic excess and tragic reality of 1920s America. Young, handsome and fabulously ric... READ MORE
Nickie De
The Great Gatsby
a great classic
if you're looking to get into classics, i would recommend starting with the great gatsby. it is fast-paced, has an easy plot to understand and gets you fam... READ MORE
Lilia Delobel
The Great Gatsby
One of the best books I have ever read.
I brought this book knowing nothing about the backstory of the 1920’s. This book draws you in. Fitzgerald now has filled up my bookcase through his talente... READ MORE
Tiana Dudley
The Great Gatsby
Excellent, passed my expectations.
Have been reading more classics / modern classics recently and this has to be one of my favourites! The plot line was easier to follow than many other ... READ MORE
Emmy Griffiths
The Great Gatsby
watch the film
I literally have no opinion on this book. the first half I could comprehend but after Daisy kills Tom's mistress, absolutely nothing. I couldn't tell you a... READ MORE