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The Great Gatsby

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  • Media:Paperback
  • Pages:489
  • Publication Date:June 1, 2013
  • ISBN:7514505156
  • EAN:9787514505153
  • ASIN:7514505156

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Synopsis
Fitzgerald (1896-1940) is the most representative American writer in the 20th century and a representative of ""lost generation"". His works fully reflects American zeitgeist in 1920s. In his short life, he only wrote four novels like The Great Gatsby, Paradise and Tender Is the Night. Each novel has made a tremendous impact. The Great Gatsby (1925) is authors most representative works, depicting all sorts of social corruption in ""Jazz Age"" and reflecting the decay of American traditional beliefs and disillusionment of ""American dream"" mainly through the reunion between former soldier, the rich Gatsby and girl Daisy and the following tragedy. the story of The Great Gatsby happened in America the 20th century. On an occasion, Nick met rich Gatsby who made fortune for illegal trades. Gatsby was a poor lieutenant first. When he was young, he loved with Nicks distant cousin, Daisy, but the beautiful Daisy had married a rich kid, Tom. When Gatsby was rich, he still loved Daisy and tried all his efforts to see her. However, the cold reality extinguished the fire of love, and his life tragedy was ended because of ""love""...
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In 1922, F. Scott Fitzgerald announced his decision to write "something new--something extraordinary and beautiful and simple + intricately patterned." That extraordinary, beautiful, intricately patterned, and above all, simple novel became The Great Gatsby, arguably Fitzgerald's finest work and certainly the book for which he is best known. A portrait of the Jazz Age in all of its decadence and excess, Gatsby captured the spirit of the author's generation and earned itself a permanent place in American mythology. Self-made, self-invented millionaire Jay Gatsby embodies some of Fitzgerald's--and his country's--most abiding obsessions: money, ambition, greed, and the promise of new beginnings. "Gatsby believed in the green light, the orgiastic future that year by year recedes before us. It eluded us then, but that's no matter--tomorrow we will run faster, stretch out our arms farther.... And one fine morning--" Gatsby's rise to glory and eventual fall from grace becomes a kind of cautionary tale about the American Dream.

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 she does, events unfold with all the tragic inevitability of a Greek drama, with detached, cynical neighbor 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.


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