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The Great Gatsby: The Original 1925 Edition (A F. Scott Fitzgerald Classic Novel) (original 1925; edition 2021)

by F. Scott Fitzgerald (Author)

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Amidst the decadence of wealthy Jazz Age society, an enigmatic millionaire is obsessed with an elusive, spoiled young woman.
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Title:The Great Gatsby: The Original 1925 Edition (A F. Scott Fitzgerald Classic Novel)
Authors:F. Scott Fitzgerald (Author)
Info:Independently published (2021), 110 pages
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The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald (1925)

  1. 176
    The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway (themephi, sturlington)
    sturlington: Great novels of the Jazz Age.
  2. 61
    Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut (chwiggy)
  3. 41
    Flappers, Flasks and Foul Play by Ellen Mansoor Collier (TomWaitsTables)
  4. 31
    Le Grand Meaulnes by Alain-Fournier (mountebank)
  5. 31
    The Green Hat by Michael Arlen (Rebeki)
    Rebeki: Also narrated by a shadowy "outsider" figure and set in the glamorous 1920s.
  6. 53
    Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller (FFortuna)
  7. 31
    The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton (kara.shamy)
  8. 31
    Goodbye to Berlin by Christopher Isherwood (LottaBerling)
  9. 10
    The Spoils of Poynton by Henry James (lottpoet)
    lottpoet: similarly has a peripheral narrator showing rich people behaving badly about some of the strangest things
  10. 32
    The Red and the Black by Stendhal (CGlanovsky)
    CGlanovsky: Shady social upstarts rising to prominence in societies dealing with fundamental class upheaval and entertaining romantic aspirations outside their traditional spheres.
  11. 10
    Look at Me by Anita Brookner (KayCliff)
  12. 10
    Garden by the Sea by Mercè Rodoreda (bluepiano)
    bluepiano: Garden by the Sea is set in same period & similar milieu & leaves behind a deeper impression.
  13. 21
    Gentlemen Prefer Blondes by Anita Loos (acceptance)
    acceptance: Two short novels of the Jazz age, published in the same year. Fun to compare the two.
  14. 21
    Linden Hills by Gloria Naylor (lottpoet)
    lottpoet: This book features a well-off family, pillars of the community, taking things to quite tragic lengths. It follows an African-American family and so adds colorism and racism to the mix.
  15. 21
    Trust by Cynthia Ozick (citygirl)
  16. 10
    A Whistling Woman by A.S. Byatt (KayCliff)
  17. 33
    Vile Bodies by Evelyn Waugh (Sylak)
  18. 11
    The Doll by Bolesław Prus (sirparsifal)
  19. 22
    An Unfinished Season by Ward Just (elenchus)
    elenchus: Unfinished Season is set in the 1950s in and around Chicago, but elsewise an interesting parallel to The Great Gatsby in terms of setting and basic plot: class and manners among the society elite, and a young man wrestling with changes in family, caste, and personal relations.… (more)
  20. 11
    A Hundred Summers by Beatriz Williams (FFortuna)

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I know it's a great classic and considered one of the best American novels of the 20th century. I thought the writing was fantastic, but because it didn't move me at all as a story, I didn't rate it higher. ( )
  dvoratreis | May 22, 2024 |
Der große Gatsby ♦ F. Scott Fitzgerald | Rezension

Dieses Buch hat den Ruf, eines der bedeutendsten Werke der amerikanischen Moderne zu sein. Unzählige Generation haben und werden Der große Gatsby in die Hand nehmen, es lesen und versuchen einen Hauch der Ausschweifungen, Dekadenz und des amerikanischen Idealismus der 1920er Jahre zu erhaschen. Doch konnte es mich überzeugen?



Der große Gatsby ♦ F. Scott Fitzgerald

Synopsis

Sommer, 1922. West Egg, Long Island.
Hier spielt die Handlung um den geheimnisumwitterten Jay Gatsby. Aus der Sicht von Nick Carraway, einem jungen Mann, der sein Glück im Wertpapierhandel versucht, und Nachbarn von Gatsby schauen wir auf die Sicht der Dinge, die da passieren werden. Nick erzählt in der Ich-Erzählform über die vielen ausschweifenden Partys auf Gatsbys Anwesen und in wie die Gerüchteküche um den jungen Millionär brodelt. Denn Gatsby scheint einige Geheimnisse zu haben.

Doch all der Luxus und der Dekandenz, die Gatsby umgeben, wird schnell klar, dass dieser Mensch kein glücklicher ist. Er ist einsam und sehnt sich nach der Liebe seines Lebens, welche auf der anderen Seite der Bucht, in East Egg, lebt. Doch Daisy Buchanan ist mittlerweile verheiratet. Denn während der Zeit des Ersten Weltkrieges, in dem Gatsby in Frankreich gekämpft hat, und ihr das Warten wohl zu lang war, heiratete Daisy den ehemaligen Footballprofi Tom Buchanan. Doch Tom ist nicht der liebende Ehemann, der er vorgibt zu sein, denn er betrügt seine Daisy mit der Frau einen Tankstellenbesitzers, Myrtle.

Wie es der Zufall will, ist unser Erzähler Nick Carraway ein entfernter Cousin von Daisy und er schafft es, sie und Gatsby eines Tages wieder zusammenzuführen. Daraufhin überschlagen sich die Ereignisse und die Tragik nimmt seinen Lauf.


Meinung

Die Welt erscheint jedem von uns auch mal trostlos und grau. Auch Gatsby hatte dieses Gefühl, schon in jungen Jahren. Er fühlte sich zu mehr berufen. Dazu, die Welt zu sehen, sie zu umarmen und voll auszukosten.
Und er tat, was er tun musste, um zu bekommen, was er begehrte. Doch im Inneren war ein größeres Begehren. Dieses Begehren bringt die Vergangenheit wieder und vielleicht wird es ihn alles kosten, was er hat, um diesem Begehren nachzugeben.

Der große Gatsby ist überwiegend eine Aneinanderreihung vieler unangenehmer und teils oberflächlicher Gespräche von Charakteren, die unbequemer und unsympathischer nicht sein konnten. Ich bin ehrlich, genauso stelle ich mir oft das Leben der Reichen und Schönen vor. (Familie K. aus den USA sind da für mich der beste Beweis.)

Ich konnte mich weder mit dem arglosen, stinkreichen Gatsby, noch mit der egoistischen und irrationalen Daisy anfreunden. So sehr ich hoffte, dass die beiden am Ende ihr Happy End erleben. Daisys Ehemann Tom ist nicht nur untreu, sondern auch noch ein Verfechter der Misogynie. Nick, der im ganzen Buch die einzige Person mit normalen menschlichen Emotionen ist, kam mir teils absolut verloren vor.

"So rudern wir weiter gegen den Strom, unaufhörlich der Vergangenheit entgegen."


Hach, wenn doch nur der Rest dieser Geschichte eines so großartigen Schlusssatzes würdig wäre.

Cover: ★★★☆☆ 5/5
Plot: ★★★☆☆ 4/5☆
Charaktere: ★★☆☆☆ 2/5
Tempo: ★★★☆☆ 3/5
Schreibstil: ★★★☆☆ 4/5
Gesamt: ★★★☆☆ 2,8/5

Fazit

Ja, Mr Fitzgerald konnte zwar mit Worten umgehen, aber dieses Buch wird meiner Meinung nach einfach nur überbewertet. LeserInnen werden mit dem Schlagwort Klassiker angelockt. Doch mich hat dieser berühmte große amerikanische Roman nicht überzeugen können.

This review was first published at The Art of Reading ( )
  RoXXieSiXX | May 20, 2024 |
The tone of the book was sensual, slow, melancholy, hedonistic, and almost boring. Yet, I persisted through the book because it’s long been in my to-read queue and is on some reading lists that I go by.

The people featured are up all hours of the day and night. Sometimes I had to go on for quite a while to determine whether 4 o’clock meant 4 am or 4 pm. Partying was their lifestyle.

In the first few chapters I decided it was a 3-star book. It got a little better as I went on. The author is good at describing scenes & it never felt tedious. ( )
  bread2u | May 15, 2024 |
Slow start, but I liked it more as I progressed. It's not a book I typically like (not a fan of the writing of the era), but I was pleasantly surprised. [2013] ( )
  owlbeyourfriend | Apr 24, 2024 |
"A classic is a book that has never finished saying what it has to say." - Italo Calvino

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  Dorothy2012 | Apr 22, 2024 |
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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,
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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.
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Amidst the decadence of wealthy Jazz Age society, an enigmatic millionaire is obsessed with an elusive, spoiled young woman.

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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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