The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald

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6 Responses to “The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald”

  1. Ian S. Says:

    The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald is a novel that seems to make a mockery of the American Dream. Jay Gatsby, the namesake of the book, is of great interest to the narrator, Nick Carraway, after their first interaction at a party hosted by Gatsby himself. Carraway soon becomes ensnared in Gatsby’s embodiment of the American Dream, involving women, money, and a fame of sorts. Not only does Fitzgerald take the reader through a long and twisted plot, he does it with incredible diction and wordplay that allows a reader to understand the fine points of the faults in humanity.

    This is my first experience with this massively popular piece of work, and I now see why it has become such an icon in the world of literature. This novel accurately predicts and evaluates the future (at the time of its publication) of mankind, and makes insight to the lives of people of that time period, though it obviously reflects some of the society of today. Fitzgerald’s vocabulary is possibly the most enticing bit of the novel, as it flows off the tongue and describes with more accuracy than any other writer of his time.

    This book, on a scale of one to five would receive full points in my book. I would recommend any books by Douglas Adams, J.R.R. Tolkien, or Robert Heinlein, if you truly appreciate the diction of The Great Gatsby, as these authors, in their own ways, tell their stories in humorous and often great detail.

  2. Wilson H. Says:

    Summary:
    Where to start with the great American novel? Nick Carraway, having finished college, has moved out to New York to pursue his bond-selling career. After settling in, meeting Tom, Daisy, and Jordan and starting his work on bonds, Nick receives an invitation to the mysterious, modern, and exclusive party of his eccentric and secretive neighbor, Jay Gatsby. Following the illustriously, fleetingly exciting event Nick finds himself in a thoughtful, complex plot which entices and entrances readers with the understanding of humanity and wordplay. Nothing captures the lost generation better.

    Evaluation:
    If this is not a gorgeous example of American literature, then I shouldn’t be writing this. The vocabulary alone inspires and astounds. All of the insights into humanity and society resulted from the questioning of a lot of morals and philosophies I’ve taken for granted. Revolutionary describes it well. Now, I hold it as one of the best books I’ve read to date. Everybody should read it.

    Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Recommendations:
    A Midsummer’s Night Dream by William Shakespeare
    The Hounds of Baskervilles by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
    The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams

  3. Evan D. Says:

    Summary: The book is about a rich man named Jay Gatsby and a love story between him and Daisy Buchanan. At first it starts off with a bit of hesitation and doubt, but, as the story progresses, the romance begins to heat up.

    Evaluation: I thought it was a great book, not because of the romance which I don’t really care for, but more because of Fitzgerald’s writing style and abilities.

    Rating: I would rate the book a 4 out of 5 because of the way it was written and the amazing word choice.

    Recommendations: A Clockwork Orange, The Hunger Games

  4. Nicole D. Says:

    Summary: This book takes place in the early 1900’s and puts a twist on typical love affairs. The very wealthy Daisy Buchanan is reunited with a love interest who has never left her mind. Married now, Daisy must decide where her heart truly lies, despite the consequences she knows will come with it.

    Evaluation: I really enjoyed this book. In the beginning it starts out slow, but after chapter two you will be unable to put the book down. A very interesting and fun read.

    Rating: 5 stars

  5. Yuli B. Says:

    Nick Calloway recounts one of his neighbors, Jay Gatsby. Gatsby is a rich man who hosts numerous parties and claims he went to Oxford. Nick has dinner with his cousin Daisy, her husband Tom, and a Miss Jordan Baker. After some time, it is revealed that Gatsby was once James Gatz, a poor, young fellow who pretended to be wealthy so as to win Daisy’s heart. She still loves him but cannot divorce Tom because she is Catholic.

    At first this was a very confusing story because there were so many details to be remembered. I was also surprised at the ending. The point of view was somewhat strange; I felt as if Nick didn’t play a big part in the whole novel. It was if Nick was simply a bystander.

    Rating: 4 stars

    Recommendations: The Help, Deception, Between

  6. Sarah H. Says:

    Summary: Nick Carraway is just a man. He moves into a small house and wants to be a plain person who sells bonds. Suddenly he is sucked into the life, drama, and tragedies of his wealthy neighbor, Jay Gatsby. His friends Daisy and Tom become twisted into the messy love pentagon but not before they introduce Nick to the beautiful Jordan Baker.

    Evaluation: This book was really good. It’s well written but can be a little confusing at times because of the complex wording. All around an interesting book that keeps you on your feet. A quick read, but definitely a worthy one.

    Rating: 4 stars

    Recommendations:
    Tuesdays with Morrie, The Glass Lake, The Art of Racing in the Rain

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