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The Great Gatsby

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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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