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The Great Gatsby

by F. Scott Fitzgerald 

Review of The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

  

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       The first half of the Great Gatsby was fabulous...but it went downhill from there. The language and characters were throughly enjoyable, but the plot seriously sucked. I think that Fitzgerald had a very nice style of writing, no doubt about it. If he had a better plotline that was less predictable and cliche, it would have been stand out for me. Nevertheless, a good read that was full of historical meaning and symbolism.

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald was reviewed by briza

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       A true masterpiece! The way the author, F. Scott Fitzgerald, is able to keep the reader wanting more, the way he is able to vividly express every instant in the story and his flawless use of symbolism cannot be missed. A work of art!

       I felt very connected to the narrator (Nick) throughout the reading like I had never have before. I had the perception I was seeing the world as Nick saw it. Fitzgerald gave the narrotor the perfect attributes to make this happen. You will be mixed with emotions until the very end of the story (and there are very few endings to stories that have more meaning than this one).

       I had some high expectations, given all the high ratings this book has received, and those expectations were exceeded. I am astonished to see several people giving The Great Gatsby a mediocre rating. Its hard to say if this is the best book I've ever read, since I often find myself not thinking too far into the past, but it is certainly very high on my list. A top 5 rating of all time is in every bit deserving.

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald was reviewed by Jake

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       Going into The Great Gatsby, I had my doubts.  It just didn't sound very interesting.  However, all those doubts were shattered after only a few pages.  This is quite possibly the most beautifully written book of all time.  Its plot unfolded much better than I had anticipated.  But the greatest merit of the book, by far, is the characters.  Never have I connected with characters like I have with these.  I could litterally feel every emotion that each of the characters, without exception, was feeling at any given moment.  Most of all, I felt very close to Nick.  He seemed to be almost a reflection of myself.  The ending, however, is where you really feel it.  I was left with that feeling of emptiness that I haven't felt since watching Requiem for a Dream.  Reading The Great Gatsby was overall a very touching experience.  It completely deserves its place on the list.

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald was reviewed by Count Orad

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       Well, I read the Great Gatsby recently.  I was stunningly disappointed.  I think the story has some good ideas in it, like Gatsby having parties just to lure his old flame to his home, and the green light symbolizing his love, but the book seems incomplete, poorly edited and raw, not polished.  The worst part of the novel is after Gatsby dies, then there is no more story, and the ending is a cliche within a cliche.  I have difficulty sympathyizing with a guy who still dreams of getting a girl whom is married to someone else- common sense is that he is a romantic idiot who needs to grow up and find another girl.  Also, his true love's relationship with her husband is obviously abusive, yet she doesn't dump him.  I have little or no sympathy for her, I can't stand her husband, whom I wished would drop dead immediately,  and Gatsby is an idiot to long for such a spoiled brat childish woman anyways.  The theme of a romantic who won't accept the present but lives in some fantasy from the past is good, but it should only be one theme amongst many.  Great novels should have multi-layered meanings, and TGG is one-dimensional, and obvious.  It's good entertainment, but definately NOT one of the greatest novels ever written.

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald was reviewed by Robert Consiglio

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       The Great Gatsby is such a fantastic book and probably one of the greatest love stories of all time. I absolutely loved it and Scott Fitzgerald is probably one of the greatest writers as well. The novel has so much meaning and  emphasis to it. There so much significant themes and hidden meanings to it. Though its quite tragedic towards the end, it is a great book to read.

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald was reviewed by Jane Smith

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       IF you have not read this book and are wondering whether it will be worth the time go put your coat on and buy the book now. I absolutley loved this book. Like The Catcher in The Rye this book is not so much plot driven, but character driven. Gatsby being the deepest character and the most memorable. The Great Gatsby is a master piece and should be cherished. Do not get it from the library, go and buy it and have it forever. The only book I liked beter then this one was The Lord of The Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien. Read that too.

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald was reviewed by BBWSPFF

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       I do not like novels because other people say they are good, although often that is why I read them. Also, I must say that I really do not like any of Fitzgerald's work. This book is the exception.

       This novel may seem mechanical, I get that. The characters may seem two dimensional, they are. Really though, this is where everything that Fitzgerald is obsessed with works. Gatsby pits money against time, materialism against love, and wealth versus class/power. A man who has everything he doesn't need wants only what is inaccessible to him by the nature of his birth. His fatal flaw? He is not american aristocracy! I love how damning this book is, and how cruelly it lampoons the life of the american upper class. When people speak in cliches about writing the great american novel like it is some, boy comes into his own, Horatio Alger story, it is obvious they haven't read Gatsby. This is the american novel. Boy gets rich. Rich snub boy. Boy dies horribly at the hands of the rich. The end. No wonder Fitzgerald wanted to call it "Under the Red, White, and Blue"..

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald was reviewed by Andrew

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       The books texture it's writing it's story it's all a work of a masterpeace and it's hard to belive that it was once underated. In my opinion this is one of the greatest work's of lititure...ever.

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald was reviewed by angelo

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       I read this book purely because I have heard so much about how it is an amazing classic and a must  read. I found it to be a lovely piece of literature, with an unexpected ending but unfortunatly that was it. I completely agree, I also expected a hell of alot more from it. It didnt blow me away, but I would still recommend it as it is enjoyable.

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald was reviewed by NatalieAC

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       Well let me say this book is better than some on this list, but I don't know if it strikes me as being one of the best books of all time. The story is interesting enough although it seemes just like any typical soap opera plot. It was ok for me but just ok 3 out of 5.

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald was reviewed by Shannon

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       I must say that I appreciated James's review of the book more than the book itself. Like James, I have reacted to novels in the manner he described, but that wasn't the case for me with The Great Gatsby. It simply has not been a book that resonated with me. It falls into the read and ultimately forgotten category.

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald was reviewed by Jeff

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       Every man should read this novel.

       "Frequently I have feigned sleep, preoccupation, or a hostile levity when I realized by some unmistakable sign that an intimate revelation was quivering on the horizon; for the intimate revelations of young men, or at least the terms in which they express them, are usually plagiaristic and marred by obvious suppressions."

       Read this passage again, very slowly, soak in every word and if after that it doesn't mean anything to you then, yes, you will not think this novel is a moving piece of literature. If you can identify with Fitzgeralds words then a beautiful and poetic world awaits, this man has struck a chord in the very fabric of my being with his insightful talent of delivering an honest observation of the male mind and its puzzling yet determined tendencies. 

       You must read this novel..

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald was reviewed by James

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       I read the entire book and not one of the characters had any redeeming qualities at all. they all seemed so selfish and shallow. Needless to say this book is not one of my favorites although it is worth reading because its kinda fun to talk about.

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald was reviewed by Jess

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       The Great Gatsby undoubtly is Fitzgeralds master piece and one of the best novels which describes american culture in the 20s.The figure of Jay Gatsby is the symbol for hope and romanticism already lost in a corrupted society.

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald was reviewed by dante fuentes

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       This is one of the best novels ever written. the language is beautiful and poetic. this is a stylish masterpiece rich in meaning and enjoyable to read. it says alot about money and the shallow nature of people who chase, love and believe in it. money seems to be god in this book. even the eyes of Dr TJ Eckleberg-the novel's eyes of God is in fact a larger than life advertisement. it's a novel about the jazz age but is still relevant to this day

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald was reviewed by Frank Manner

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       If you're looking for a quick read, this is it.  A book that can be read in a weekend with an easy to follow plot line, but I have to admit, I wasn't that impressed.  Although the ending wasn't exactly what I expected and I was pleasantly surprised by that, I found the first 3/4 of the book dry and lifeless.  I'm certainly happy I read it, but it won't fall into my top 100 of all time!

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald was reviewed by Crystal Lucuik

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       I have to admit I was expecting a heck of a lot more from this book than I read. This book in my humble opinions doesn't deserve the accolades that it received. Based on what I read, liking a book because of who the author is doesn't do the book or the author any good at all. There wasn't any spark to this story, no life in the characters I was reading about. It just felt like it was thrown together to see how it would fit. Unfortunately, it didn't fit at all.

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald was reviewed by Ruthann

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