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It's also a love story, of sorts, the narrative of Gatsby's quixotic passion for Daisy Buchanan. The pair meet five years before the novel begins, when Daisy is a legendary young Louisville beauty and Gatsby an impoverished officer. They fall in love, but while Gatsby serves overseas, Daisy marries the brutal, bullying but extremely rich Tom Buchanan. After the war, Gatsby devotes himself blindly to the pursuit of wealth by whatever means--and to the pursuit of Daisy, which amounts to the same thing. "Her voice is full of money," Gatsby says admiringly, in one of the novel's more famous descriptions. His millions made, Gatsby buys a mansion across Long Island Sound from Daisy's patrician East Egg address, throws lavish parties and waits for her to appear. When s he does, events unfold with all the tragic inevitability of a Greek drama, with detached, cynical neighbour Nick Carraway acting as chorus throughout. Spare, elegantly plotted and written in crystalline prose, The Great Gatsby is as perfectly satisfying as the best kind of poem. Perry Freeman, Amazon.com --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Chose this book because I watched the film current version decaprio's performance was pivotal. Also watched the Wolf of Wall Street. Read morePublished 16 days ago by Ingrid Morgan
I had heard The Great Gatsby was a "Great American Classic", with Tom Sawyer, Grapes of Wrath, Little Women. What a disappointment! Read morePublished 2 months ago by Kirrie Summers
better than the movie! more detail and definitely more interesting as a book. I highly recommend this book as a read and the movie after.Published 2 months ago by Sarah
Although considered an American classic, I found it superficial and very much overrated. Who really cares about a social climbing gangster, a ditzy broad and a reactionary... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Bill Armstrong
Like many people, I first read this in high school. I hated it then but this time around (40 years later!), I loved it. Read morePublished 3 months ago by binthere