by Fitzgerald, F. Scott
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Written in 1925, F. Scott Fitzgeraldâ€™s The Great Gatsby is widely considered to be one of the authorâ€™s greatest works. Set in New York City and Long Island during the Roaring Twenties, the focus of the story is (of course) its title character, Jay Gatsby, and his unswerving desire to be reunited with Daisy Buchanan, the love he lost five years earlier. However, Nick Carraway, who happens to be both Gatsbyâ€™s neighbor and Daisyâ€™s cousin, narrates Gatsby's journey from poverty to wealth, into the arms of his beloved, and eventually to death. The Great Gatsby is undoubtedly one of the greatest American literary documents of the 1920s, the decade for which Fitzgerald himself coined the term â€œJazz Age.â€ However, in writing the book, Fitzgerald was in fact holding up a mirror to the society of which he was a part. In true Modernist fashion, The Great Gatsby addresses the social issues of the period â€” namely materialism and displaced spirituality â€” that ultimately led the decline of the era. The novelâ€™s initial sales situation was less than impressive; fewer than 25,000 copies were sold by Fitzgeraldâ€™s death in 1940. But The Great Gatsby gained great popularity during WWII as the critical mainstream began to embrace the authorâ€™s work. The Armed Services Editions circulated 150,000 copies to troops alone. Today, The Great Gatsby has sold over 25 million copies worldwide, sells an additional 500,000 copies annually, and is Scribner's most popular title. Ranked #2 on the Modern Libraryâ€™s list of the 100 Best Novels of the 20th Century, the novel is also listed on their Top 100 Novels as well as The Observerâ€™s All-Time 100 Best Novels and Time Magazineâ€™s 100 Best Modern Novels. The Great Gatsby has resulted in a number of adaptations, including Baz Luhrmannâ€™s 2013 major motion picture starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Tobey Maguire, Carey Mulligan, and Joel Edgerton.
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I agree... Shows power of media influence, especially after Mia Farrow's abysmal performance as "Daisy">.
The book was required reading in high school, and really overpriced, story mediocre.
Instead of buying this book use the money to put a child through college
Not even his third best book, and one of the most overblown pieces of literature ever written. Critics and high-school teachers have turned what is essentially an interesting period piece into one of the unquestioned giants of literature. Try Tender is the Night.
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- Better World Books (US)
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- Great Gatsby
- Fitzgerald, F. Scott
- Book condition
- Used - Good
- ISBN 10
- ISBN 13
- Simon & Schuster
- Place of Publication
- Riverside, New Jersey, U.s.a.
- This edition first published
- October 1, 1979
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