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  • 1.        The  Great  Gatsby  online  pdfTo  download  now  please  click  the  link  below.h3p://dropbox.com/the-­‐great-­‐gatsby/Nick Carraway, a young man from Minnesota, moves to New York in thesummer of 1922 to learn about the bond business. He rents a house in theWest Egg district of Long Island, a wealthy but unfashionable area populatedby the new rich, a group who have made their fortunes too recently to haveestablished social connections and who are prone to garish displays ofwealth. Nick’s next-door neighbor in West Egg is a mysterious man namedJay Gatsby, who lives in a gigantic Gothic mansion and throws extravagantparties every Saturday night.Nick is unlike the other inhabitants of West Egg—he was educated at Yaleand has social connections in East Egg, a fashionable area of Long Islandhome to the established upper class. Nick drives out to East Egg one eveningfor dinner with his cousin, Daisy Buchanan, and her husband, Tom, anerstwhile classmate of Nick’s at Yale. Daisy and Tom introduce Nick toJordan Baker, a beautiful, cynical young woman with whom Nick begins aromantic relationship. Nick also learns a bit about Daisy and Tom’smarriage: Jordan tells him that Tom has a lover, Myrtle Wilson, who lives inthe valley of ashes, a gray industrial dumping ground between West Egg andNew York City. Not long after this revelation, Nick travels to New York Citywith Tom and Myrtle. At a vulgar, gaudy party in the apartment that Tomkeeps for the affair, Myrtle begins to taunt Tom about Daisy, and Tomresponds by breaking her nose.As the summer progresses, Nick eventually garners an invitation to one ofGatsby’s legendary parties. He encounters Jordan Baker at the party, and
  • 2. they meet Gatsby himself, a surprisingly young man who affects an Englishaccent, has a remarkable smile, and calls everyone “old sport.” Gatsby asksto speak to Jordan alone, and, through Jordan, Nick later learns more abouthis mysterious neighbor. Gatsby tells Jordan that he knew Daisy in Louisvillein 1917 and is deeply in love with her. He spends many nights staring at thegreen light at the end of her dock, across the bay from his mansion.Gatsby’s extravagant lifestyle and wild parties are simply an attempt toimpress Daisy. Gatsby now wants Nick to arrange a reunion between himselfand Daisy, but he is afraid that Daisy will refuse to see him if she knows thathe still loves her. Nick invites Daisy to have tea at his house, without tellingher that Gatsby will also be there. After an initially awkward reunion, Gatsbyand Daisy reestablish their connection. Their love rekindled, they begin anaffair.After a short time, Tom grows increasingly suspicious of his wife’srelationship with Gatsby. At a luncheon at the Buchanans’ house, Gatsbystares at Daisy with such undisguised passion that Tom realizes Gatsby is inlove with her. Though Tom is himself involved in an extramarital affair, he isdeeply outraged by the thought that his wife could be unfaithful to him. Heforces the group to drive into New York City, where he confronts Gatsby in asuite at the Plaza Hotel. Tom asserts that he and Daisy have a history thatGatsby could never understand, and he announces to his wife that Gatsby isa criminal—his fortune comes from bootlegging alcohol and other illegalactivities. Daisy realizes that her allegiance is to Tom, and Tomcontemptuously sends her back to East Egg with Gatsby, attempting to provethat Gatsby cannot hurt him.When Nick, Jordan, and Tom drive through the valley of ashes, however, theydiscover that Gatsby’s car has struck and killed Myrtle, Tom’s lover. Theyrush back to Long Island, where Nick learns from Gatsby that Daisy wasdriving the car when it struck Myrtle, but that Gatsby intends to take theblame. The next day, Tom tells Myrtle’s husband, George, that Gatsby wasthe driver of the car. George, who has leapt to the conclusion that the driverof the car that killed Myrtle must have been her lover, finds Gatsby in thepool at his mansion and shoots him dead. He then fatally shoots himself.Nick stages a small funeral for Gatsby, ends his relationship with Jordan, andmoves back to the Midwest to escape the disgust he feels for the peoplesurrounding Gatsby’s life and for the emptiness and moral decay of lifeamong the wealthy on the East Coast. Nick reflects that just as Gatsby’s
  • 3. dream of Daisy was corrupted by money and dishonesty, the Americandream of happiness and individualism has disintegrated into the merepursuit of wealth. Though Gatsby’s power to transform his dreams intoreality is what makes him “great,” Nick reflects that the era of dreaming—both Gatsby’s dream and the American dream—is over.ReviewsHaving reread this book for the first time in 20 years, I can confirm that theres a reasonthat its considered one of the very best American novels. However, my reaction to thestory was different than when I first read it in high school. I recall that back then I washoping that Daisy and Gatsbys love story would ultimately yield a happy ending. Now, Ifound them both to be such shallow creatures that they inspired no pity. While Iconsidered the characters to be emotionally stunted, that dooesnt mean I was notimpressed with Fitzergeralds skillful rendering. As in most forms of art, in literature it ismore difficult to accurately and interestingly portray nothingness than to describe arichly endowed subject. At this more cynical age, I found Daisy to be a remarkableemotional void, and Gatsbys quest to pour all of his hopes and dreams into such ashallow cauldron only confirmed his own vapidity. One thing that hasnt changed in allthese years is my amazement at Fitzgeralds ability to set a scene. His descriptivepassages are truly poetic, and his command of word choice in unparalleled. All this madefor a stimulating and delightful read.Its difficult to give any even-handed critique F. Scott Fitzgeralds standard-setting JazzAge novel since it was required reading for most of us in high school. However, if youcome back to it as a full-fledged adult, youll find that the story still resonates but morelike a just-polished cameo piece from a forgotten time. At the core of the book is theelaborate infatuation Jay Gatsby has for Daisy Fay Buchanan, a love story portrayed withboth a languid pall and a fatalistic urgency. But the broader context of the setting andthe irreconcilable nature of the American dream in the 1920s is what give the novel itstrue gravitas.Much of this is eloquently articulated by Nick Carraway, Gatsbys modest Long Islandneighbor who becomes his most trusted confidante. Nick is responsible for reuniting thelovers who both have come to different points in their lives five years after their abortedromance. Now a solitary figure in his luxurious mansion, Gatsby is a newly wealthy manwho accumulated his fortunes through dubious means. Daisy, on the other hand, hasalways led a life of privilege and could not let love stand in the way of her comfortableexistence. She married Tom Buchanan for that sole purpose. With Gatsbys ambitionspurred by his love for Daisy, he rekindles his romance with Daisy, as Tom carries oncarelessly with an auto mechanics grasping wife. Nick himself gets caught up in the jetset trappings and has a relationship with Jordan Baker, a young golf pro.These characters are inevitably led on a collision course that exposes the hypocrisy ofthe rich, the falsity of a love undeserving and the transience of individuals on this earth.The strength of Fitzgeralds treatment comes from the lyrical prose he provides toilluminate these themes. Not a word is wasted, and the authors economical handling ofsuch a potentially complex plot is a technique I wish were more frequently replicated
  • 4. today. Most of all, I simply enjoy the book because it does not portend a greatersignificance eighty years later. It is a classic tale that provides vibrancy and texture to abygone era. It is well worth re-reading, especially at such a bargain price.Scott Fitzgerald, a monumental talent who only occasionally got things working right,made Gatsby great by the extraordinary invention of Nick Carraway. Carraway asnarrator provided the exact perfect pitch: more awestruck than he would admit, moremoral than it was fashionable to reveal -- always objective and distanced and subtle andcharming, genuinely decent and impeccably well mannered, a little dangerously smittenhimself by the lovely but corrupt Jordan Baker.Alexander Scourby, one of the greatest reading voices of his era (overlapping Fitzgeraldsenough to know and feel it all) here does Carraway in a way that cannot, therefore,again be quite equalled. Imagine having a recording of a great contemporary actorreading Ahabs speeches in Moby Dick, and one begins to appreciate the gift that weonly now have in recorded sound, something we are already quite casual about. Butthere is much more here than historical accuracy. Scourbys voice wraps around everyphrase of Fitzgerals text with both an actors professionalism and a good readers care,making it not only uncannily his own monument but also a monument in audio bookhistory. It sets the bar, and anyone interested in the recorded voice as an art formshould own this for repeated learning.I listened to this book over a few nights with my wife, after having read it first somesixteen years ago. It is a masterpiece, and known widely as such, but what surprised meon hearing it was how the book Id remembered as terribly romantic was actually ratherclear-eyed and dark. My wife, who had never read it, listened spell-bound, and at theend burst into tears at the sadness of it. A word about Scourby as reader - he isrestrained but emotional, captures the personality of each character with a slightlydifferent tone, and - most importantly for me - brings out the fact that the closingpages, which are often quoted out of context as deeply romantic, are in fact painfullycynical, a voice of disenchantment about the cost of America, not its promise. Amasterpiece on the page and on tape. Cant recommend it too highly.The first time I encountered "The Great Gatsby" it was as an assignment in a high schoolEnglish class. My recent re-read occurred after my son had read it in his high schoolEnglish class. The reread brought back memories of a form of academic study fromwhich I have been separated for many years."The Great Gatsby" is an excellent book in which to study the writers art. In this shortbook the reader can detect a collection of symbolic details which make the story muchmore than the tale which appears on the surface: the ash heap, as a symbol of thewaste of American society; the green light on Daisys dock, which means so much toGatsby as a symbol, until he again meets Daisy, when it again becomes, for Gatsby, asfor everyone else, just a light.The characters all play their roles in the development of the story. Shallow figures fillGatsbys parties, but show their true level of concern for him when they all absentthemselves from his funeral. The class distinctions between Daisy, a true upper classmaiden, who can never lower herself to accept Gatsby, the aspirant to a class rank whichwealth and parties cannot buy. Gatsbys source of wealth is hinted at by his associationwith Meyer Wolfsheim, the gambler who fixed the World Series. Like others, he willassociate with Gatsby in life, but has no time for him in death.
  • 5. The unnatural core of Gatsbys world is illustrated by his act of moving east, rather thanthe traditional westward migration, in order to achieve freedom and advancement.Tom and Daisy Buchanan represent old money, which will not accept Gatsby and, in theend, destroys him.Nick Carraway is the one character in the book who develops his own moral sense. Hisrole as narrator permits us to see Gatsbys world through his eyes. It is he who sees,and is repelled by, the rotten cores of Gatsby and the worlds in which lives and intowhich he aspires. He sees the corruption deep inside Tom and Daisy Buchanan. Most ofall, we see the innate goodness in Tom. Observing, but not entering Gatsbys world, he isable to understand and judge it. His final evaluation of Gatsbys world is seen when heabandons it all to return to his native Midwest.As I re-read "The Great Gatsby" I remembered what I had not liked about it the firsttime I read it. The causal acceptance of infidelity seems at odds with what I have alwaysviewed as the ideal as well as the reality. As one studies the commentaries of this book,with all of its symbolisms, I often wonder if the symbols were really in F. ScottFitzgeralds mind as he wrote the book, or whether they are constructs of latercommentators. Either way, they give the book a depth which so many others lack. Whenmy son speaks of other books he reads in English class, he always says "Its no GreatGatsby." The more I think of it, few of novels are.I have always looked forward to reading the classic book The Great Gatsby by F. ScottFitzgerald. When I finally had time to read it, I wasnt disappointed. The Great Gatsby,written in 1925, is a fictional tale that takes place during the American Jazz Age. Thestory is set in the eastern U.S. and follows the journey of a young man named Nick. Thebook trails Nick from his home in the West to his new life in West Egg, New York. Nickbecomes involved in the social scene is West Egg, which is mainly centered on theweekly extravagant parties thrown by the incredibly wealthy and strangely mysteriousJay Gatsby. As the book progresses, Gatsbys past is slowly unraveled. Nick witnessesGatsbys gradual admittance of his significant secret. He discovers that Gatsby is deeplyin love with Daisy Buchanan, a beautiful socialite, trapped in a miserable marriage to anunfaithful husband. Though Nick does not want to be involved in any way with the illicitlove affair between Daisy and Gatsby, he is gradually takes a larger part in Gatsby andDaisys dangerous romance. When Jay and Daisy decide to declare their love to oneanother, it leaves Gatsby in an unforgettable and risky situation that changes the lives ofall involved. The Great Gatsby was one of the most interesting books that I have everread. It included a beautiful love story, danger, suspense, tales of true devotion andfriendship, and a wonderful, thought-provoking commentary on the society in post-WorldWar I America, a time of excess and confusion. I have learned several lessons from thenovel, whether they are about loyalty or remaining true to oneself. I would recommendthis book to anyone above the age of thirteen because of some parts of the novel thatmight be difficult to grasp. The Great Gatsby is a truly wonderful book, and sure to beenjoyed by many for many years to come.This is a marvelous look into the green-eyed monster of sexual jealousy. Its ripe withsymbolic imagery from Fitzgeralds personal agony over his wife adulterous affair.Everyone knows the superficial lit class interpretation of the novel; idealistic Gatsbypursues fortune in vain attempt to dazzle and win golden girl, only to have her rejecthim. Conclusion: classic condemnation of the hollowness of upper class materialism.Rubbish!The story is not political. It is personal pure and simple! It would have taken placeanytime, any place those two particular personalities came together. In real lifeFitzgerald won his Zelda. But he then promptly and insouciantly cheated on her. She got
  • 6. him back by cheating on him. In his journals Fitzgerald wrote that something died at thistime. Shortly afterward the couple moved to Paris.Does this not parallel George Wilsons reaction to his wifes affair in The Great Gatsby?Yes, Wilson is also Fitzgerald, the tortured, jealous part of Fitzgerald who mourns theloss of his wife even as he realizes her for what she is. Myrtle is the low class floozy thatZelda has become in Fitzgeralds eyes by cuckolding him.Wilson tries to hold on to his wife by locking her up until he can transact a business deal(buying the coupe) and thereby have the money to take her "west", something they hadlong talked about but which he is now going to make her do.Analogously, Fitzgerald sold short stories (seeing himself as stooping to low class laborerby writing for commerce instead of arts sake?)to pay his and Zeldas way to Paris,removing her from her paramours proximity.Who actually kills Gatsby? The symbol of idealism and optimism (Gatsby)is killed by thesymbol of grief and jealousy (Wilson). Fitzgerald was disillusioned by Zeldas adulterynot class materialism.Who does that leave Daisy/Zelda with in the end? Tom, the lout, the woman beater, thesnob. Realizing, to his relief, that Daisy will never actually leave him, Tom becomessmug. Go ahead, he tells Gatsby (or any man who now idolizes Zelda), flirt with her allyou want. Shell always come crawling back to me! If Gatsby is how Fitzgerald wants tobe, Tom is the husband Fitzgerald actually is.Daisy, Myrtle and Jordan are all Zelda; Daisy the debutante on a pedestal, Myrtle thecommon floozy, Jordan the sophisticate pursuing her own identity and career. But Jordanhas no address of her own. She lives off other people and cheats on her golf game, justas Fitzgerald claimed that Zelda stole from him material for her own writing career.This is the world as seen through the eyes of a self-centered, tyrannical egoist, but withone saving grace, Nick the observer, the recorder. Nick is the writer in Fitzgerald, and forall his faults as a man, Fitzgerald was one heck-of-a- writer.As you can tell by many reviews which surround this one, our world is filled with mindswho probably feel that the height of pathos is reality tv, or having to wait in line morethan 5 minutes at an ATM.But about Fitzgerald--Im reminded of Eliots phrase "infinitely gentle, infinitelysuffering..." (paraphrasing). His descriptions and evocations here are gorgeous, tender--and most of all subtle, which is why Gatsby is lost on so many modern readers. All ofthis novel is excellent and parts of it absolutely shimmer--Nicks description of the wayGatsby smiled at him. Look at this..."It was one of those rare smiles with a quality of eternal reassurance in it, that you maycome across four or five times in life. It faced---or seemed to face---the whole externalworld for an instant, and then concentrated on you with an irresistible prejudice in yourfavor. It understood you just as far a you wanted to be understood, believed in you asyou would like to believe in yourself, and assured you that it had precisely theimpression of you that, at your best, you hoped to convey."Who wouldnt want to believe in that smile?Or take, for example, the scene in which Gatsby shows his closetful of rare, extravagantand wonderful shirts to Daisy and Daisy weeps....not because of his sartorial excellence
  • 7. but because she knows even at that point, in her heart, that she will forever be stuckwith that clod Tom.This is about the American Dream, and how the pursuit of it can kick the living s**t outof you....how friends come and go...and how society often rewards generosity withdisdain.I beg you to read this book, because it is good for your soul.Just my opinion.To  download  now  please  click  the  link  below.h3p://dropbox.com/the-­‐great-­‐gatsby/