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The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
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The Great Gatsby (original 1925; edition 2004)

by F. Scott Fitzgerald

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After the Great War, the mysterious Jay Gatsby, a self-made millionaire, pursues wealth, riches and the lady he lost to another man with stoic determination. He buys a mansion across from her house and throws lavish parties to entice her. When Gatsby finally does reunite with Daisy Buchanan, tragic events are set in motion. Told through the eyes of his detached and omnipresent neighbour and friend, Nick Carraway, Fitzgerald's succinct and powerful prose hints at the destruction and tragedy that awaits.… (more)
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Title:The Great Gatsby
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The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald (1925)

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Publicado originalmente: El Extraño Gato del Cuento

Este era el libro que menos ganas tenía de leer para el Reto Charlie ¿Por qué? Por la película ¿Qué tiene de malo la película? ¿Es que tengo algo contra las adaptaciones? ¿Los clásicos? No, no es eso, la razón es... y sé que quizá sorprenderá y escandalizará a algunos es porque... ok, es por DiCaprio, no me gusta. Nada.

Ahí, lo dije. JÚZGUENME.

No, no he visto Titanic, se me hace aburrídisima. Las únicas de sus películas que vi, que me gustaron como películas a pesar de él, fueron un poquito Romeo y Julieta (eso que el libro no me gusta nada, es solo lo hollywoodense que tiene se me hizo un poco atractivo, allá cuando tenía 6 años y la vi por primera vez) y la otra que recuerdo ahora es Catch Me If You Can, tengo algo con los ladrones. No digo que sus películas sean malas o mal actor o mala persona, es solo que a mí no me gusta. Tampoco te juzgo porque a ti te guste, es solo que no es lo mío.

Así que por más que lo intenté no pude separar las dos cosas del todo por más que quise.

No digo que el libro me hubiera gustado de no saber quién lo interpretó ni nada, a diferencia de A este lado del paraíso no encontré los personajes que me hicieron apreciar la historia. Pasó algo raro porque cuando iba más o menos al 65% del libro sentía que me gustaría a pesar de que en los primeros capítulos no me atrapará en su lectura. Luego del 65% tuve que parar de leer por un par de horas más o menos y el gusto que había juntado hasta el momento se vino para abajo.

Desde un comienzo sentí que TENÍA que gustarme el libro

Si han leído el libro o visto la película (no vi la película) sabrán que es una historia romántica narrado desde un tercero, por Nick, y cuando se revela la verdad de Gatsby tuve un momento de "aww" que duró lamentablemente muy poco. No pude ver a Gatsby como lo veía Nick, ese seductor misterio que lo hace querer saber más y al que le ofrece hasta el final su lealtad, no sentí nada por Gatsby más allá que mi momentáneo "aw".

También quise que me gustara por otra razón, dos libros que me gustaron mucho tiene a Gatsby, quizá no como protagonista, pero sí referencias: The Fault in Our Stars y The Summer I Wasn't Me. Hace poco mi book vlogger favorita Fa, hizo un video analizando TFIOS y nos mostró todas la referencias que este libro tiene sobre Gatsby, eso me animó un poco. Y en The Summer I Wasn't Me el libro, de forma física e historia, es importante para las protagonistas, las ayuda. Mientras leía Gatsby estuve más al pendiente de las referencias de estos dos libros que de la historia en sí.

Quiero aclarar que no es una historia mala, puedo ver todo el potencial y porque tanta gente ha hecho de este libro su favorito, tiene una historia interesante y un final bueno, sólo que para mí esta vez no funcionó. ( )
  Ella_Zegarra | Jan 18, 2022 |
I don't know what I was expecting, but this wasn't it.
It's a nice story, and I did like how it developed. But it felt underwhelming. It gets 3⭐ because I liked the ending a lot. ( )
  Nannus | Jan 17, 2022 |
An American classic, but probably not the best American classic. I found it a mostly enjoyable read, but not much more than that. ( )
  gotrees4 | Jan 16, 2022 |
*** ITA/ENG ***
Questo resta un altro libro di cui ho sicuramente ho apprezzato di più i film (sia quello del 1974 che quello del 2013).

Io e Fitzgerald abbiamo poco feeling. Forse scrive di un ambiente troppo 'localizzato' nel tempo e nello spazio perché io riesca a immaginarlo appieno (faccio fatica a comprendere la cultura americana oggi, figurarsi quella degli anni venti!). Al contempo scrive di persone così vacue, così deprimenti, così... anonime sotto certi aspetti, che non riescono a rendere vivo il romanzo.

Non riesco a percepire quell'alchimia che mi ha trasmesso, ad esempio, Steinback, dove, pur con tutte le differenze di epoca e ambientazione, era molto più chiaro cosa facesse muovere i personaggi.
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I'm not sure why there is no alchemy between Fitzgerald's novels and me (so far, I preferred his short stories), but this is one of the books for which I find the movies are far superior.

It's really a struggle for me to establish any sort of connection with his characters, as empty and vacuous as they come across, so I cannot feel sympathy or sadness or anything about their plight. I realize that this is one of the points in the story, the emptiness of these people life's, but the indifference I felt about their fate made it somewhat moot.

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  JaqJaq | Jan 7, 2022 |
Well it's a classic for a reason, no need to review just let me say that if you haven't read it you really should just to see what a great writer Fitzgerald was. The movie was good but you miss the language that Fitzgerald uses to tell the story. Also really timely as we see rich folks doing whatever pleases them no matter the cost. ( )
  kevn57 | Dec 8, 2021 |
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The Great Gatsby is a romance novel that written by American Author F.Scott Fitzgerald.This novel is talk about the New Yorker in 1900s.The Great Gatsby is a classic piece of American fiction. It is a novel full of triumph and tragedy.Nick Carraway is the narrator, or storyteller, of The Great Gatsby, but he is not the story's protagonist, or main character. Instead, Jay Gatsby is the protagonist of the novel that bears his name. Tom Buchanan is the book's antagonist, opposing Gatsby's attempts to get what he wants: Tom's wife Daisy.

The weakness of this book is they using the classic languange and a little difficult to understand.The weakness also about Gatsby affection to Daisy,He spends that money on lavish parties in the hopes that she will show up.When she finally spends time with him, for the first time in many years, he naively believes that she will leave Tom for him but,unfortunately she is not.

However,the strength of this book is the writer are using the unique title so the reader are feel sympathy and curious about it, also the characteristic about Jay Gatsby that teach the reader many lesson.

To conclude,this book is the very recommended book,especially High School students because Fitzgerald’s novel is a portal to the savage heart of the human spirit, and wonders at our enormous capacity to dream, to imagine, to hope and to persevere.
added by Billy_Kululu | editMedia Indonesia, Billy Kululu (Dec 2, 2016)
 
The great Gatsby is truly a romance book like no other.F.SCOTT.Switzgerald describing about the life of New Yorker in 1900s.This novel is very popular many students if high school are required by their teachers to read this book.The narrator of The Great Gatsby is a young man from Minnesota named Nick Carraway. He not only narrates the story but casts himself as the book’s author.As ive read about this book,Gatsby’s personality was nothing short of “gorgeous.”

moreover,the weakness about this book is hard to understand if u are not really pay attention on it.this novel is about a contradiction,Gatsby's idealism makes him blind.He doesn't see that Daisy can't have love and money, just money. Gatsby can't turn back time.He even doesn't see death coming toward him.

However,the strength of this book something quite different from others,it is the charm and beauty of writing,has many important meanings that should be learned early on in life.

To conclude,what i can say is don't be too obsessed just because you have so much money,money ain't last forever.but overall its a magnificent,fantastically, entertaining and enthralling story.
added by Nadilla-Syawie | editThe New York Times, Nadilla Syawie (Dec 1, 2016)
 
"The Great Gatsby" is in form no more than a glorified anecdote, and not too probable at that

What gives the story distinction is something quite different from the management of the action or the handling of the characters; it is the charm and beauty of the writing.
added by danielx | editChicago Tribune, HL Mencken (Jan 23, 2015)
 
I find Gatsby aesthetically overrated, psychologically vacant, and morally complacent; I think we kid ourselves about the lessons it contains. None of this would matter much to me if Gatsby were not also sacrosanct.

There is the convoluted moral logic, simultaneously Romantic and Machiavellian, by which the most epically crooked character in the book is the one we are commanded to admire. There’s the command itself: the controlling need to tell us what to think, both in and about the book. There’s the blanket embrace of that great American delusion by which wealth, poverty, and class itself stem from private virtue and vice. There’s Fitzgerald’s unthinking commitment to a gender order so archaic as to be Premodern: corrupt woman occasioning the fall of man. There is, relatedly, the travesty of his female characters—single parenthesis every one, thoughtless and thin. (Don’t talk to me about the standards of his time; the man hell-bent on being the voice of his generation was a contemporary of Dorothy Parker, Gertrude Stein, and Virginia Woolf, not to mention the great groundswell of activists who achieved the passage of the Nineteenth Amendment. Yet here he is in A Short Autobiography: “Women learn best not from books or from their own dreams but from reality and from contact with first-class men.”)
added by danielx | editVulture, Kathryn Schultz (Jul 4, 2013)
 


It is an impressive accomplishment. And yet, apart from the restrained, intelligent, beautifully constructed opening pages and a few stray passages thereafter—a melancholy twilight walk in Manhattan; some billowing curtains settling into place at the closing of a drawing-room door—Gatsby as a literary creation leaves me cold. Like one of those manicured European parks patrolled on all sides by officious gendarmes, it is pleasant to look at, but you will not find any people inside.

Indeed, The Great Gatsby is less involved with human emotion than any book of comparable fame I can think of. None of its characters are likable. None of them are even dislikable, though nearly all of them are despicable. They function here only as types, walking through the pages of the book like kids in a school play who wear sashes telling the audience what they represent: OLD MONEY, THE AMERICAN DREAM, ORGANIZED CRIME.
 

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Then wear the gold hat, if that will move her;
      If you can bounce high, bounce for her too,
Till she cry "Lover, gold-hatted, high-bouncing lover,
      I must have you!"
—Thomas Parke D'Invilliers
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ONCE AGAIN
TO
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In my younger and more vulnerable years my father gave me some advice that I've been turning over in my mind ever since.
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Let us learn to show our friendship for a man when he is alive and not after he is dead.
All right ... I'm glad it's a girl. And I hope she'll be a fool—that's the best thing a girl can be in this world, a beautiful little fool.
This is a valley of ashes—a fantastic farm where ashes grow like wheat into ridges and hills and grotesque gardens, where ashes take the forms of houses and chimneys and rising smoke and finally, with a transcendent effort, of men who move dimly and already crumbling through the powdery air. Occasionally a line of gray cars crawls along an invisible track, gives out a ghastly creak and comes to rest, and immediately the ash-gray men swarm up with leaden spades and stir up an impenetrable cloud which screens their obscure operations from your sight.
"Whenever you feel like criticizing any one," he told me. "just remember that all the people in this world haven't had the advantages that you've had."
I rented a house ... on that slender riotous island which extends itself due east of new york -- where there are, among other natural curiosities, two unusual formations of land. Twenty miles from the city a pair of enormous eggs, identical in contour and seprated only by a courtesy bay, jut out into the most domesticated body of salt water in the Western hemisphere, the great wet barnyard of Long Island Sound. They are not perfect ovals ... but their physical resembalnce must be a source of perpetual wonder to the gullsthat fly overhead.
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Wordsworth Classics publication of "The Great Gatsby" by F. Scott Fitzgerald, KS3 Success Workbook Maths Levels 5-8, and "Driving Democracy: Do Power-Sharing Institutions Work?" by Norris, Pippa were falsely combined. This seemed to be driven by the ISBNs.
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After the Great War, the mysterious Jay Gatsby, a self-made millionaire, pursues wealth, riches and the lady he lost to another man with stoic determination. He buys a mansion across from her house and throws lavish parties to entice her. When Gatsby finally does reunite with Daisy Buchanan, tragic events are set in motion. Told through the eyes of his detached and omnipresent neighbour and friend, Nick Carraway, Fitzgerald's succinct and powerful prose hints at the destruction and tragedy that awaits.

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[R.L. 7.3, 8 pts]
Set in the 1920s, this is the tragic love story of Jay Gatsby, a dashing, enigmatic millionaire, obsessed with an elusive, spoiled young woman, Daisy Buchanan.
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New neighbor is rich
and throws wild parties for friends.
The American dream.

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Editions: 0141182636, 0140007466, 0141023430, 0141037636, 024195147X, 1922079553, 0734306865

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