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The Great Gatsby CD: The Great Gatsby CD [ THE GREAT GATSBY CD: THE GREAT GATSBY CD BY Fitzgerald, F Scott ( Author ) Oct-01-2002[ THE GREAT GATSBY CD: THE GREAT GATSBY CD [ THE GREAT GATSBY CD: THE GREAT GATSBY CD BY FITZGERALD, F SCOTT ( AUTHOR ) OCT-01-2002 ] By Fitzgerald, F Scott ( Author )Oct-01-2002 Compact Disc(Englisch)CD-ROM– 1. Oktober 2002
Although published seventy-five years ago, Fitzgerald's masterpiece remains as fresh as the day it appeared. It could have been written yesterday. It is as perfect a novel as one is likely to find in American literature; not a word is wrong or out of place. The choice of a second person narrator gives the reader wider and greater appreciation of the characters and events. At the center of it all, of course, is Jay Gatsby, bootlegger, liar, party-giver, doomed romantic. His love for Daisy Buchanan, his "incorruptible dream", is the only genuine emotion felt by any of the characters (excepting narrator Nick Carroway, whose loyalty to Gatsby is touching), all of whose superficiality is buried beneath the glitter and gaiety of the Jazz Age, the endless parties, the extramarital affairs, the endless-flowing booze, the accumulation of wealth and things. This edition of the book features critical commentary and notes from Prof. Matthew Bruccoli, the world's foremost Fitzgerald scholar.
Jay Gatsby. The most sophisticated, popular, extravagant man on West Egg Island. The host of lavish, extraordinary parties, sprawled across the gardens of his enormous house, filled with aristocrats, vibrant colors, jazz music, laughter, and the tinklin of glasses. A personable young man if there ever was one. A friend to all, and fond of calling them "old boy." And above all, an Oxford man. Or is he? For it seems one can never fully trust Gatsby and the stories of his past. The occasional uncertainty d hesitancy in his voice, as well as frequent inquiries, investigations, and juicy rumors, contradict the his words. Jay Gatsby is the hero of F. Scott Fiztgerald's classic, The Great Gatsby, an captivating novel full of intertwining stories and characters, and the revelation of the first connection is intriguing enough to leave the reader begging for the next. A won rful story, The Great Gatsby is laced with mystery, and spiced with a dash of romance. The tale unfolds itself in 1922, on the Long Island provinces of West and East Egg Island, the latter being the more fashionable of the two, and the island where Daisy and Tom Bucanan reside. Daisy is a sparkling young woman and adored by all that meet er. She is sociable, polite, energetic, enthusiastic, and positively delightful, complete with a voice resembling lilting music notes. But this bright girl isn't all she seems; even lovely Daisy has a passionate secret. Her husband, Tom, is an athletic an, the epitome of arrogance. His eyes are always described as "flashing about restlessly." The former football hero demands dominance over all, especially over the women in his life; his wife, and his over-the-top, full-figured mistress, Myrtle Wilson.Lesen Sie weiter... ›
I have read this book every summer since I first read it as part of a high school reading list. It is one of my favorite books in that it takes the reader back to a very romantic, colorful time in history. It profiles the life of a tragic, wreckless dreamer who re-invents himself to capture the heart of a his first love. I think what brings me back to this book time and time again is the poetic quality of the writing. Each reading brings seems to bring out new ideas and facets to this story. It is beautifully written. One thing worth noticing is the use of colors that Fitzgerald employs throughout the story. The book also captures a slice of life in the 1920s - a period of time which often seems akin to the present in its massive explosion of wealth. I think the fact that the story takes place in the summer also ads to my enjoyment of this book. When I sit on the beach reading it,I can picture myself on the north shore of Long Island at one of Gatsby's parties, with jazz music in the air, and his beautiful house ablaze with a festive glow....
The Great Gatsby is an important book, make no mistake. It is also the finest novel of a very fine novelist. At a time when America was just beginning to realise that it was as susceptible to corruption, greed and self-delusion as every other country on the planet, Fitzgerald wrote a book that really does capture the moment a nation founded on ideals realises that ideals are hard to live by. Gatsby, the central anti-character, is a mere shadow, a man who reinvents himself to win the heart of the girl he think he loves. The foundations of this infatuation and subsequent reinvention are rotten and the result must be rotten too. Fitzgerald writes beautifully, his words tinged with the sadness and quiet desperation that flavours the whole novel, and his characters all seem to sense that their lives are built on precarious ideas about success, happiness and love. The Great Gatsby is a very honest and acute portrayal of a nation built on the misbegotten assumption that you can be whoever you want to be, and the consequences that that belief holds. More importantly it is a brilliant and moving novel.
Das erste mal las ich diesen Roman gezwungenermaßen in der Schule und war, wie sollte es auch anders sein, wenig begeistert. Die ständige Suche nach diversen stylistic devices sowie die Interpretationen von Charakteren in einzelnen Kapiteln haben mir damals echt schlechte Laune bereitet. Heute, sechs Jahre später, habe ich "The Great Gatsby" nur so aus Spaß an der Freude gelesen und war begeistert. Nick Carrahan erzählt die Geschichte seines Nachbarn Jay Gatsby, der in seiner Villa fast täglich riesige Partys schmeißt. Doch keienr von seinen Gästen scheint etwas über die wahre Geschichte von Gatsby Bescheid zu wissen. Es kursieren die wildesten Gerüchte wie er zu seinem Reichtum gekommen ist, aber niemand scheint die Wahrheit zu kennen. Dabei ist alles ganz einfach. Gatsby hat sein Leben nur einem einzigen Zweck untergeordnet, nämlich seine geliebte Daisy, Nicks Cousine, zu erobern. Diese lernte er vor fünf Jahren, als mittelloser Soldat, kurz bevor er in den Ersten Weltkrieg zog, kennen. Sie versprach ihm, auf ihn zu warten und heiratete dann doch den reichen, aber dummen und brutalen, Footballspieler Tom Buchanan. Gatsby ist sich sicher, dass Daisy ihn liebt, ihn aber wegen seiner Armut nicht heiraten konnte. Für fünf Jahre wohnte er nun in Sichtweite von Daisys und Toms Haus, ohne sich ihr zu nähern. Er benutzt nun Nick, um Daisy zu sich einzulanden und endlich die Vergangenheit zu ändern (ein Hauptmotiv des Romans). Gatsby und Daisy treffen sich, doch die Geschichte nimmt einen Verlauf, den Gatsby so nicht erwartet hat. "The Great Gatsby" ist zu aller erst eine unsentimentale, brutale Liebesgeschichte.Lesen Sie weiter... ›