The Great Gatsby

The Great Gatsby

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Jay Gatsby is still in love with Daisy, whom he met during the war when he was penniless. Having made himself wealthy through illegal means, he now lives in a mansion across the bay from the home of Daisy Buchanan, who has since married for money. Holding on to his illusion of Daisy as perfect, he seeks to impress her with his wealth, and uses his new neighbor, Nick Carraway, (our narrator), to reach her. Daisy's wealthy but boring husband is cheating on her. When his mistress is killed in an accident caused by Daisy, Gatsby covers for her and takes the blame. The result is a murder and an ending which reveals the failure of money to buy love or happiness. Fitzgerald's elegantly simple work captures the spirit of the Jazz Age and embodies America's obsessions with wealth, power, and the promise of new beginnings.
Publisher: [Solon, Ohio] : Playaway Digital Audio : [Manufactured and distributed by] Findaway World, LLC, [released 2009], c2009
Edition: Unabridged
ISBN: 9781433297595
1433297590
Branch Call Number: YA PLAYAWAY F FIT

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Daj_O
Apr 15, 2015

Superb writing and brilliant reading--a MUST-listen.

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LaPhenixa
Jun 28, 2014

Better, in many ways, than I remembered, though at times it seemed long and meandering. But the powerful imagery and symbolism prevailed and left me moved and awed.

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danielestes
Nov 18, 2012

Beautiful language. I can now say I've both read this book and listened to a reading of it, and there's so much complexity in the subtext that each time the tone suggested something slightly different.

Regarding the story itself, more of a short story really, it seemed to me somewhat unremarkable. My primary pleasure came from wanting to learn more about this mysterious man Gatsby, who he is and what motivates him.

The Great Gatsby is such an idolized staple of American literature that I grant myself several more re-reads to fully appreciate its genius.

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sh5024
Sep 21, 2012

Outstanding audio version of this great American classic!

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