The Great Gatsby

Introduction by - Tony Tanner

Penguin Classics
Paperback : 24 Feb 2000


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In The Great Gatsby F. Scott Fitzgerald brilliantly captures both the disillusion of post-war America and the moral failure of a society obsessed with wealth and status. But he does more than render the essence of a particular time and place, for in chronicling Gatsby's tragic pursuit of his dream, Fitzgerald recreates the universal conflict between illusion and reality.

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Student review by Maybelle Law, studying at University of Nottingham.

Despite first reading Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby many years ago, it still remains a literary masterpiece that never fails to illuminate my childhood fantasies. The novel instantly transports you into the opulent and dazzling maze that is 1920’s New York. Fitzgerald’s lavish soirees of high society vicariously leave you with cigarette smoke entangled in the hair and the taste of champagne in your mouth.

The novel depicts the narrator Nick Carraway, who unwittingly delves into heart of a tumultuous and highly unsympathetic society that consumes bewitched romantics such as the enigmatic Jay Gatsby that Nick later befriends. Tragedy of incredibly emotional dimensions unfolds upon the characters and juxtaposed with the magical background of the glittering blue gardens of Gatsby’s colossal ‘chateaux’ the reader is left even more staggered. The savage intensity of the power-hungry mobs that swarm to Gatsby’s parties and their misguided assumptions of Gatsby’s past, perfectly encapsulates the unabashed cruelty and cold demeanour surrounding the lonely and hopelessly romantic protagonist. Fitzgerald creates touchingly palpable characters that are entirely relatable but at the same time meander through settings that to the reader appear startlingly fantastical. The reader visits the ‘grotesque gardens’ of the Valley of Ashes then travels to the luxurious parlours of The Plaza Hotel and comes to a rest at the eerily still aqua waters of Gatsby’s swimming pool. However, Fitzgerald’s narrative does not only serve to describe but to critique. He overtly undermines the constrictions of the class system and the upper-class dependency on illegitimate proceedings to power and fund the opulence of high society living.

An incontrovertible classic; untouched by any other literary depictions of 1920’s high society. The Great Gatsby is a novel that remains embedded in the hearts and minds of readers of all ages and courageously entails of the swooning highs and desperate lows that are encountered on the desolate road to true love. 

The reader is left enchanted, distressed but all the more, hopelessly enamoured.

Product details

Format : Paperback
ISBN: 9780141182636
Size : 129 x 198mm
Pages : 240
Published : 24 Feb 2000
Publisher : Penguin Classics

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The Great Gatsby

Introduction by - Tony Tanner



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