The Great Gatsby

The Great Gatsby

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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". An exquisitely crafted tale of America in the 1920s that resonates with the power of myth.
Publisher: London : Penguin Books, 2010
Description: lxiv, [198] p. ; 21 cm
ISBN: 9780141194059
Branch Call Number: Fitz


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May 03, 2021

Nick Carraway lives by a man named Jay Gatsby, who undoubtedly lives quite a lavish lifestyle within the West Egg. Obtaining a life worth living in happiness comes into question. A love triangle takes place, to where water under the bridge comes afloat between a married woman and her past lover, who she secretly still loves. Chaos leads to death, but who will survive? Will the life Gatsby dreamed of be fulfilled or does he continue living in the past?

I would recommend this book for those who want to see how wanting a life you have dreamed of all your life is unlikely fulfilled, as well as understanding the nuances that you cannot replay parts of your past, and can only move forward day by day.

Apr 30, 2021

The Great Gatsby in my opinion is a wonderful book to read. Fitzgerald uses such interesting imagery and the novel never gets boring. Since the book is set during the 1920s, you get involved in the old American time period of the Roaring Twenties. It’s so interesting to imagine a world of flappers and jazz music, before the time of iPhones and social media. All the characters themselves are unique with Jay Gatsby being ever so mysterious yet romantic. You get so caught up in the characters and the plot that the book will really keep you captivated and wanting to finish the entire book in one sitting. It makes your heart race because you never know what exactly is going to happen next. I definitely recommend reading it (especially since it’s a classic!).

Apr 25, 2021

The Great Gatsby is a story of social status, love, and deception. It follows Nick as he meets Gatsby and his complex and mysterious character. Along the journey, the reader encounters all sorts of emotions, from laughter to mourning.
One of my favorite books for sure. It is a short classic that makes one ponder about their own life. I loved the amount of symbolism in this novel. Especially with the green light that Gatsby follows. Color symbolism was very heavy in this novel. I felt as if I was an outsider and following the characters on their journey. I suggest readers to read this book twice; read the book, watch the movie, and re-read the book. I feel that this heightens the experience of the novel overall, considering that the roaring 20s that this novel takes place in is such a lively time period.
Overall, I enjoyed this book very much! It is a quick read that transports you back to the twenties. I suggest that if you want to read this book, you do some research on the roaring twenties to heighten your experience.

Apr 21, 2021

The Great Gatsby is a difficult book for me to review. On one hand, it is an eye-opening novel about one man’s pursuit of the American Dream; on the other, it is a book with disinteresting characters (except for Gatsby) and a random plot. To truly appreciate the lesson Fitzgerald portrayed, I had to research the title on the internet, though that is probably on me. The American Dream was something that I thought of for many days, even after finishing the book. That being said, I did not enjoy reading the book. Similar to Call of the Wild, this book was a chore to read. I just wasn’t invested with Nick’s stay in West Egg or any of the side characters. The Jazz Age was an engrossing setting, and Gatsby’s parties were ‘fun’, but the rest of the novel felt like filler. I wish that it was about 50 pages shorter, as that would’ve made the book slightly more enjoyable. The American Dream topic covered in The Great Gatsby was the only thing saving it from being a complete train wreck. [5.5/10]
@Broda of the Hamilton Public Library's Teen Review Board

The Great Gatsby, well the title says it all. The Great Gatsby was an astounding book to read. I loved everything about it. The plot, the characters, everything. I loved the way that every character made an appearance in the beginning of the book, but then slowly the characters would start to pop up throughout the book again, and you would get to here their story and their life. If I had to pick I favourite part, I think that would be it. This would was also great, because it gave you a perspective into the life of The Jazz age, with music always going, and party’s never stopping. I would recommend this book to more mature teens and adults, just because of the books content and wording in some parts, though I think everyone should read this book at some point. @Leafyreads of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library.
@Leafyreads of the Hamilton Public Library's Teen Review Board

Everyone should read The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald at least once, and if you are me, five times and counting. You cannot go wrong when it comes to F. Scott Fitzgerald. His sentences can be wordy, but it is so worth the obstacle as they tend to be vivid with description and life. The book is short, around 200 pages. So, if you are looking for a good, one day, read, this could be it. The characters are memorable, their extreme wealth makes the settings fantastical, and you get to experience it all through the lens of a middleman. Nick Carraway, the narrator, not too rich and not too poor, enough of each that he feels qualified to judge anybody. Therefore, when it comes to reading a book that many say symbolizes the ‘American dream’, Nick makes for the perfect narrator as to not make this literary work a piece of propaganda and instead a cautionary tale against judging a book by its cover. Whether you are looking to get a quick read in or learn a lesson on the woes of the 1% this is a beautifully written book that comes strongly recommended from me
@Chickenfarm73 of the Hamilton Public Library's Teen Review Board

Apr 21, 2021

Narrated by Nick Carraway, the Great Gatsby talks about the life of wealthy New York during the roaring 20s prior to the Great Depression. The novel focuses on Jay Gatsby and the concept of the American Dream. Gatsby is in love with Daisy, who is already married. He struggles with his success because he wants to go back to the past. I really enjoyed reading about the different struggles of the wealthy compared to the lower class, and how in a way the two groups envied one another. This novel is an excellent read for anyone getting into classic American literature.

Although I don't believe the quality of a story equals the likability of it's characters, The Great Gatsby features such flawed characters that (while it was truly interesting to read), I couldn't find myself truly enjoying the novel.

Don't get me wrong, the writing and its execution was phenomenal, and hard hitting, but alas no matter how clever this classic is written, I found myself feeling underwhelmed throughout the novel.

However, despite my personal preferences, I came to appreciate this classic American literature, written expertly deep and complex that captures the glittering illusions of high society.

Apr 03, 2021

I loved this book, highly recommend it. Has a very good format, definitely check it out.

Apr 01, 2021

I read this book for class and I kind of liked it. It is about 4 individuals attempting to achieve the American Dream but are destroyed in the process. I only liked it because I found Fitzgerald’s commentary on the American Dream interesting. I disliked the characters because they had terrible personalities and acted in terrible ways. For these reasons, I give the book 3 stars. I would rate this book for ages 14 and over because I think it includes mature content that younger audiences may not be able to handle.

Barrie_Teen_Lists Mar 24, 2021


In F. Scott Fitzgerald’s classic novel, The Great Gatsby, a decline of the American dream in the nineteen twenties was witnessed through society member’s selfish and aggressive pursuit of happiness. F. Scott Fitzgerald’s novel, The Great Gatsby, largely references many aspects of Fitzgerald’s personal life.

Nick Carraway, one of the honest and decent characters in the novel, narrates the story from his point of view. He tells a story of a summer that he spent on Long Island, New York, with his second cousin, Daisy Buchanan, her husband, Tom Buchanan, female golf pro, Jordan Baker, Myrtle (Tom Buchanan’s side fling), and Jay Gatsby. Nick best describes Daisy and Tom Buchanan when he states, “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”.

Jay Gatsby is initially portrayed as a gracious and polite gentleman who likes to give lavish parties, but throughout the novel the reader learns of his flaws. His major downfall results from his love for Daisy Buchanan, who was an old flame of Gatsby’s, but who is now married. Despite this fact, he still seeks to win Daisy’s love.

Throughout the novel, there are many lavish parties with drunken society members, a couple of affairs, and beatings all resulting in horrible consequences for the main characters of the novel. The members of society continually try to find happiness in these never-ending parties. In the 1920s, women were traditionally marginalized. Through Fitzgerald’s portrayal of men and women’s societal roles in The Great Gatsby, the reader learns that women were often thought of as being inferior to men. Daisy and Myrtle are portrayed to be greedy, gold-diggers who want to be well-liked.

The love lives of all the main characters are thwarted and they turn out to be dissatisfied. These characters end up feeling melancholy or tragically die.

As humanity chased the American dream in the 1920s in a patriarchal society, women strived to change their social class but were, for the most part, dominated by the men in their lives. Although limited in their societal roles in the 1920s, women sought equality and justice, as women continue to do in today’s society.

F. Scott Fitzgerald’s novel, The Great Gatsby, skillfully portrays the decline of the American dream in the Jazz Age. The Great Gatsby has also been made into a movie, the earlier version wherein Jay Gatsby is played by Robert Redford and a later movie wherein Jay Gatsby is played by Leonardo DiCaprio. I enjoyed watching the earlier version which helped me better understand the novel.

I suggest that high school students read this novel as it will most likely be studied in English class during one of the years while attending high school.

Mar 14, 2021

Wow, how does one review The Great Gatsby. My primary response to the book is that I wish I could have read it with "new" eyes - that is, not knowing the story line. I believe the impact would have been so much stronger when the tragedies struck. Just a few comments. I had the feeling that two different people were writing the book. There were paragraphs of incomparable descriptive prose - wonderful images - great colors - infinite longing. Then suddenly you are into the actual narrative dialogue and the content is largely void of imagery and very stark. I found the abrupt switch somewhat disconcerting. My view of Gatsby changed from my impressions due to the films. I had seen him as this gorgeous, seeker of his first love. After reading the book I did not see him as a hero at all. I saw him as an obsessed man who would do anything to get what he wanted. In this case it was Daisy. Only one person in the book has a conscience. That is, of course, the narrator, Nick Carraway. He attempts to be part of the "suave" rich people he sees around him, but he never feels comfortable in this role. He attempts, in addition to telling the story, to "reason" with / mediate among Gatsby and the other main characters. In the end he is the only person to mourn the losses of lives and the death of aspirations. Daisy and Tom are shallow users of people. Daisy loves being wanted, but is not about to give up anything to be "true to her first love". Tom more blatantly uses people and throws them away, but you have to grudgingly admire his honesty about what a horrible human being he is. Jordan is largely an amoral chameleon - taking and using with no compunction. This is a tragedy worthy of Shakespeare. I have never forgotten my English lesson: pathos is when horrible events occur without being caused by the sufferer; tragedy is pain brought on by the person's own actions. Every main character of this story acts to produce the death and suffering, except for Nick. His story is pathos in that he experiences the devastation and loss without acting to cause it and with no ability to prevent it. This is by no means a literary review of Gatsby - I must leave that to my betters in the world of literature. It is simply a few thoughts after reading a book regarded as one of the best of the 20th century. Kristi & Abby Tabby

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Jan 21, 2021

"I was within and without, simultaneously enchanted and repelled by the inexhaustible variety of life."

a_pitts Jul 05, 2017

"So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past."

Jun 13, 2016

"Gatsby believed in the green light, the orgastic future that year by year recedes before us. It eluded us then, but that's no matter - to-morrow we will run faster, stretch out our arms farther...And one fine morning -

So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past."

Jun 05, 2016

“Can’t repeat the past?…Why of course you can!”

Aug 29, 2015

“The loneliest moment in someone’s life is when they are watching their whole world fall apart, and all they can do is stare blankly.”

Jun 10, 2015

"You can still see that green light.."

Laura_X May 15, 2015

In his blue gardens men and girls came and went like moths among the whisperings and the champagne and the stars.

ilowelife Mar 28, 2014

Unlike Gatsby and Tom Buchanan, I had no girl whose disembodied face floated along the dark cornices and blinding signs, and so I drew up the girl beside me, tightening my arms. Her wan, scornful mouth smiled, and so I drew her up again closer, this time to my face.

nicolajruiz Feb 25, 2014

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.

2pod Feb 14, 2014

unjustly accused of being

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Jul 21, 2020

Nick Carraway, an academic businessman, has just arrived at his new house in Long Island in the West Egg district. He has moved East from Chicago in search of the tantalizing hum of the East coast that so many young people yearn for. Next-door resides the legendary Jay Gatsby in his lavish home. Gatsby is a man of high profile, holding large and boisterous parties and demonstrating his immense wealth derived from sources unknown. Just across the water, in the East Egg, is Nick's charming cousin Daisy and her harsh husband Tom Buchachan. It's common knowledge that Tom is having an affair with Myrtle, the unhappy wife of the lackluster George Wilson, the manager of a gas station between Long Island and New York City. As Nick becomes more and more acquainted with his neighbors and deeper and deeper into the frivolities the '20s were known for, he becomes more and more perplexed at Gatsby's character and success. When it is revealed that Gatsby fell desperately in love with Daisy five years ago and wants to be with her again, power becomes more valuable than loyalty.

Apr 21, 2016

Nick the narrator lives next door to Jay Gatsby who is a rich man living in an elaborate house. Throwing many parties with many guests. He is infatuated with a woman named Daisy which motivates many of his decisions.

Jun 10, 2015

I man falls in love and after many years, the woman he loves has been married and has a daughter. Her cousin is a middle man in the relationship to help them sneak around behind the husbands back.

Nataliasay97 Jul 10, 2013

Nick lives next door to a mysterious man named Gatsby, who throws parties. Nick becomes friends with him and learns that he is in love with Daisy.

Tom is suspicious of this, and he tries to prove that Gatsby is not who he seems. Daisy says that she will leave Tom for Gatsby.
Daisy then refuses to leave Tom for him, and makes him drive her home. Daisy is at the wheel when the car hits someone- coincidentally, Myrtle Wilson, Tom's other woman.

Mr. Wilson discovers his wife's affair, and asks around about the car that hit her . So, thinking that Gatsby hit her, Mr. Wilson goes to Gatsby's house and shoots him, and then shoots himself.

Gatsby dies alone, because no one shows up to his funeral except for Nick and his father.

JODI ARONOFF Jun 25, 2012

The Great Gatsby , F. Scott Fitzgerald's third book, stands as the supreme achievement of his career. This exemplary novel of the Jazz Age has been acclaimed by generations of readers. 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 noted "gin was the national drink and sex the national obsession," it is an exquisitely crafted tale of America in the 1920s. The Great Gatsby is one of the great classics of twentieth-century literature.


tt14 Jun 18, 2012

This book was so fun and crazy at the same time. Got to check it out.

FavouriteFiction Sep 30, 2009

Poor officer Gatsby falls in love with flighty Daisy, but while he is away overseas she marries another man. He returns years later as a mysterious millionaire and tries to win her back.

Nov 24, 2008

“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 where gin was the national drink and sex the national obsession, it is an exquisitely crafted tale of America in the 1920s."

heatherlynn Mar 14, 2008

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Feb 17, 2017

Other: Alcohol and smoking. This happened in the 20s

Feb 17, 2017

Sexual Content: Cheating, kissing, dating

Feb 17, 2017

Coarse Language: Infrequent. No s word and f word. Just damn, hell, son of bitch

Apr 21, 2016

Sexual Content: Sexual innuendos

Apr 21, 2016

Violence: Car accidents, violence, murder

Nataliasay97 Jul 10, 2013

Other: uses some terms such as bootlegging

Mar 04, 2013

Sexual Content: Obviously because this book is about the jazz age, there is some sexual content as well as some drinking.

Jan 08, 2012

Other: irrevocable awesomeness.

Nov 24, 2008

Sexual Content: This title contains Sexual Content.

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