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Thursday, April 21, 2011

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald: Mini Review

The Great Gatsby
by F. Scott Fitzgerald
Scribner Classics
ISBN: 0-684-83042-6
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Description:  F. Scott Fitzgerald's masterpiece, stands among the greatest of all American fiction. Jay Gatsby''s lavish lifestyle in a mansion on Long Island's gold coast encapsulates the spirit, excitement, and violence of the era Fitzgerald named `the Jazz Age''. Impelled by his love for Daisy Buchanan, Gatsby seeks nothing less than to recapture the moment five years earlier when his best and brightest dreams - his `unutterable visions'' - seemed to be incarnated in her kiss. A moving portrayal of the power of romantic imagination, as well as the pathos and courage entailed in the pursuit of an unattainable dream, The Great Gatsby is a classic fiction of hope and disillusion. 

Mini Book Review: A truly beautiful written novel of heartbreak, deception, excess and  infidelity, set in the decadence of the 1920's.  Fitzgerald's descriptions are so lifelike you feel like you could reach out and touch the landscape and he sets the mood and tone like no author I have read before. It is very much a critique of the shallowness of the supposed American Dream and done in such a brilliant way.  That being said, I did find myself frustrated at the excessive descriptions and a little bored at times.  I disliked most of the characters and I was disgusted by the parental neglect of Tom and Daisy's child.  This quote sort of sums of the story

"I couldn't forgive him or like him but I saw that what he had done was, to him, entirely justified. It was all very careless and confused. They were careless people, Tom and Daisy - they smashed up things and creatures and then retreated back into their money or their vast carelessness or whatever it was that kept them together, and let other people clean up the mess they had made ..."

4.5 Dewey's

I read this as part of the BBC Top 100 Books Challenge. I borrowed this copy from the Humber College Library


  1. I listened to this one years ago and didnt care for it. I really disliked the characters and the writing just didnt make up for it. I wonder if I sat down and read it now if it would be better?

  2. Probably not Stacy -- I agree with you I disliked the characters!