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A beautiful book, a beautiful story. Timeless classic. A forever life favourite of mine. From the opulence of gatsby's parties to the tragic ending we all fear. It reignited an admiration of love and nostalgia for the past. Just remember...keep looking towards the green light 🖤💚🖤
I own both versions so for this read I switched back and forth between this edition and the Audible version depending on what I was doing all weekend. I almost never switch because I usually find it disjointed, but since that‘s kind of the mood of the whole story it didn‘t bother me quite as much. I definitely prefer this in print! I didn‘t really expect this to hold up, and while plenty of things here are offensive, the writing is still fabulous.
I really admired how much poetry & detail F. Scott Fitzgerald used to describe people - from their appearances to their personality traits - and how much life was breathed into these characters as a result of his writings. When I read this part, I could feel the depth of Gatsby‘s smile 🙂🥂 #thegreatgatsby
Thought I‘d give this one a second chance but I still don‘t like it. I think it was a combination of the writing style and the perspective but I‘m not sure.
I do enjoy the movie version though so I‘ll just stick to that.
This one will give me the O I need in Lore for my studies at Orilium.
This also counts for both July and August‘s #bookspin numbers. @TheAromaofBooks
Can‘t wait to get back into reading. I used to love reading as a hobby while growing up but have lost touch with that part of myself. however after a pretty turbulent couple of years & after making some pretty questionable life choices, I‘m finding it necessary to jump back into it. So I‘m starting again with this American classic that was part of our English class in high school, but that I never quite paid attention to.
Something that I found memorable about the book the Great Gatsby by F Scott Fitzgerald is how all of the characters and the plot changed violently at the end of the book. The book at the beginning and most of the middle was not as violent as what it was at the end, where two murders and suicide happen. It makes sense in the plot line, but when I was reading it, the speed at which all of that happens surprised me.
The outsider POV of Nick Carraway—much like Fitzgerald‘s own outsider position during the Gilded Age—gives a wonderful, detached view of the opulence of the time. Knowing the social hierarchy of the day, Gatsby was also very much an outsider with his “new money”. That is very much the thesis of the book—not only the wretchedness of the rich to the poor, but the rich amongst themselves. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/5
So during the birth of my second child and the ensuing insanity of life, my library audiobook for A Dance With Dragons expired. So I picked up Gatsby for the first time since probably high school. This version is free on Apple Books and is read by Aaron Burr… I mean Leslie Odom Jr.
Great Classic. I loved all of the symbolism that was connected throughout the book. The ending was a real shocker. I really didn't love the characters, but they connected the themes so well that I can understand them and why the author gave them the traits that they portrayed in the book.
I read this once last year for fun and then again for English class. Both times I loved it. It's such an intriguing classic. The symbolism got a little over the top at times, but it was interesting how Fitzgerald used the failing of the American Dream as a theme. I enjoyed the characters even though they weren't supposed to be super likeable. It's obviously a must-read for those who like classics. I'll read it a third time when I have the time.
The Great Gatsby is a classic of illusions and delusions. It is masterfully shallow, that it brings you back to re-read it over and over again. Each time, you find yourself questioning the true integrity of each character. Are their lives all made up of fabricated lies that brings them to false success? Or is there any truth the lives they live out.
@Blueberry See? Same cover, different book! I didn't really expect Penguin to use stock images. You'd think they could afford to comission their own covers!
Haha! Any fellow Wordle players on Litsy?
I‘m a big re-reader so I wanted to do a #Top21of21 for books that weren‘t new to me. Many of these are old friends, and some I returned to just to see if they would hold up. This is actually only 20 because that‘s what would fit in the collage, but I told myself I‘m saving space for whatever I read next week 😁
7-8 Dec 2021 (audiobook)
It has been many years since I read The Great Gatsby, and the wonderful biography of Zelda by Nancy Milford, and I was motivated by its inclusion in the Audible Plus category, but I really enjoyed Jake Gyllenhaal‘s reading. Yes there is certainly elitism, sexism and racism but I do believe this holds its place as a great novel depicting a decadent time and class and makes an interesting statement about The American Dream.
I read the book Z (Zelda) about Scott Fitzgerald‘s wife. I‘ve always meant to read The Great Gatsby and it‘s wasn‘t what I expected at all. It was much better. I really enjoyed the book. I love what wasn‘t said but implied. Also, from clips from movies over the years I thought Gatsby would be a character I didn‘t like, but that was a pleasant surprise too. I really liked his character a lot. I also love books narrated by a secondary character.
Finally read THE great American novel and was not disappointed. I found myself reading particular sentences and paragraphs multiple times to savor Fitzgerald‘s beautiful prose. I truly had no idea how this tragic story ended, and am particularly disgusted that the realities of what one can get away with as a rich person still play out in similar situations today. The power this book has to disillusion us with the American Dream is timeless. 4⭐️
Re-read for Banned Book Week ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
(September 26 - October 2, 2021)
The Great Gatsby is a 1925 novel written by F. Scott Fitzgerald
According to the American Library Association (ALA), The Great Gatsby tops the list of books that have been challenged or faced potential bans over the years, primarily for its depictions of extramarital affairs, and its unsettling and violent ending, and its depiction of irresponsible alcohol consumption.