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am 9. September 1999
I fail to understand how anyone could not enjoy this book! Fitzgerald's fantastic style and flair completely engulf the reader, and lets you fall in love with the characters.
I'd like to point out one thing. i read this in an English 11 class, and while some high schoolers may fail to understand much of it, I took so much from this book. perhaps it is the way in which the teacher presented it and developed it in class (assigning each character to a student along with many perspectives on symbols in the book - colors, parties, etc) Everything in this book fascinated me - the characters, the parties, the colors, and so many other things - I was nearly overwhelmed. I recommend it to anyone who can look past the outer shell and see the symbolic meaning and theme of this novel.
ALso, I'd like to question the review by Aaron Goldberg. He criticized Tom for being a racist. He's intended to appear that way, it's the way many people in the 1920's thought, and it remains today. I don't understand how calling Wolfshiem a "small, flat-nosed Jew" is racist, if it is merely the description of a character. he's got a flat nose - that's racist? And the fact that TGG and DB never get together? It';s tragic, it's supoposed to show that all the money and wealth in the world cannot ensure you happiness, and to not let missed opportunities of the past bog you down in the future. And as for a "dated" book? That's the purpose, it is set in the 1920s, Fitzgerald wrote it in near-pefrect sync with the era.
Some people just confuse me when they cannot look deeper into a book and hrasp literary concepts such as setting, irony, and symbolism.
Anyway, read this book! It's a great!
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am 2. Mai 1999
Looking over the other responses, I have to include my own two cents and agree with the reviewer who said that anyone who gave this book less than 4 stars is completely oblivious. I first read this book about 15 years ago - when I was 14 and had to read it for my junior high English class. At that time, I too didn't "get" the book, thought it was boring, and couldn't see what all the hype was about. Then I re-read it a few years ago. I was simply amazed at how well-crafted, insightful, and yet SUBTLE the book is. The reviewer who remarked that GG's structure is flawed is especially misguided and probably didn't pay enough attention while reading. In fact, the structure of this book is pretty close to being perfect. The reviewer thought the narration of the events through the point of view of the neighbor is a "crutch" and a worn-out device. Not so! The WHOLE POINT of the novel is NOT, in fact, Gatsby's pursuit of Daisy, as everyone seems to think, but the question: who IS Jay Gatsby? Not only literally, i.e., what is his identity, but also figuratively, who IS he as a person. The story is remarkable in that we never see Gatsby directly; instead, his character is filtered through the views of the people around him. Therefore, the narration of the neighbor fits in perfectly with the overarching theme of the novel: he is left to sort out his impressions of Gatsby much in the same way that the reader is. If the story were told from Gatsby's point of view, we would get too close, know too much about him, and the entire effect would be ruined. As it stands, however, the novel becomes a comment on identity: who we really are, and how other people perceive or misperceive us. (I won't spoil the ending for those who haven't read the book yet, but once you do read it, make this connection and you'll see how perfect the structure is.) That other reviewer also made the comment that a great work of art should cause us to think, question ourselves, etc., etc. GG does exactly this, but as I pointed out, Fitzgerald's technique is very subtle - with the result that some of the nuances may be lost on inattentive readers. To those who gave the novel less than four stars: read it again, and this time pay attention and look beyond the surface!
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am 12. März 1999
Review of F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby
F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby was written during the time of the roaring twenties. The novel has many themes, but the most dominating one is the death of the American Dream which died because of Jay Gatsby's involvement in organized crime. Nick Carraway is the narrator of the story. The story starts when he [Nick] is leaving the Mid-West to start a new life in New York. There is where he meets Jay Gatsby, who is a rich man and the protagonist of the novel. Gatsby is in love with Daisy Buchannan, who is coincidentally Nick's cousin. Even though Daisy is married to a man named Tom Buchanan, she is very much in love with Gatsby. Tom is the bad guy in the story or the antagonist. Tom is having an affair with a lady named Myrtle Wilson. He treats Myrtle very badly, but she puts up with it because of his wealth. Myrtle is married to George Wilson who is the hard luck guy in the novel who in the end takes out his revenge on someone that did not deserve it. Jordan Baker is the woman in brings Gatsby to Nick and consequently Gatsby to his long lost love Daisy. In the end it is revealed that Gatsby and Daisy are very much in love. When Tom finds out about this he gets very upset and tells George Wilson that Gatsby is having an affair with his wife. Raged, Wilson goes and murders Gatsby for something he did not do. The story ends tragicically because Myrtle and George are all killed in violently. Fitzgerald's main purpose of writing this novel was to briefly describe what it was like in the 1920's. In the critical essays that I read it seems that Fitzgerald's purpose in writing the essay was to relate himself to Gatsby. Gatsby is described as Fitzgerald which I don't believe is right because he [Gatsby] is described as the "victim" in the story when really he is not.
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am 19. Dezember 1997
As I was reading through the other reviews, I noticed something. Nobody was able
to really say "why" they liked the book. The reason (as I believe it
to be) is that the Gatsby shows characteristics that we all
have inside of ourselves, that all our descendants will have, and that all our
ancestors had. We all have
a yearning to return to the past and to avoid the mistakes that we made. To return to the
Garden, and avoid giving into temptation. To find a new land
(i.e. America) and have a new beginning (as the dutch sailors
tried to do and as Gatsby fails at). We all believe in the Myth of Edenic possibilities
(the belief that one can return to his/her past and avoid the
mistakes that they made) and so does Gatsby. But that's not the
entire reason readers are fascinated with Gatsby. Throughout the entire novel, F. Scott
Fitzgerald debunks the American Dream of going west to start
over. He does so by having Gatsby go east, and making it so
that he can't be successful without going outside the law. But throughout the novel,
Gatsby never gives up. He's like the man who was standing
in the trash after one of Gatsby's parties. Just as this man
refused to acknowlege that he couldn't live in the past, so Gatsby refuses. Gatsby refuses to
acknowlege that he can't go back to when he first met Daisy, before she married
Tom. There is a lot more to this book than what others have
said, and there is still a lot more than what I have outlined. Although, I hope that this
will allow some people to realize that The Great
Gatsby is more than just a love story between two people. Every
time I read it (I've read it at least 5 times), I pick up new symbols and archetypes
which allow me to see this masterpiece through new lenses.
It truly is an American Classic, which everyone should read.
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At the core of the book is Gatsby's infatuation with for Daisy Fay Buchanan, he projects everything in his heart and hios hopes on her so obviously she cannot live up to his high expectations. While most young people might read this novel as a love story and might anticipate a happy ending this obviously will not happen. Both Daisy and Gatsby are shallow characters who do not seem to be much interested in anything. After Daisy rejects Gatsby because he is poor and inestead marries the tough guy Tom, Gatsby uses all his vigor and energy to amass as much money as possible by whatever, possibly, illegal means. When the two meet again, Daisy just cannot live to Gatsby's expectation and it all comes crashing down.

This story is eloquently articulated by Nick Carraway, Gatsby's humble Long Island neighbor who becomes the closest Gatsby has a friend. Nick is instrumental in reuniting the lovers who meet again after five years after their short-lived romance. Gatsby now lives in a mansion – he could have offered it to her, but she chose Tom to live a life in affluence – she doesn't care about Tom emotionally. All the characters have meaningless affairs, the narrator Nick with the golf-pro Jordan, Tom with Myrtle – all affairs are rather joyless.

Even more than 90 years after of publöication the plot and the characters still hold the reader's interest – the conflict is timeless and much than the illustration of the American dream. Materialistic and selfish people are verywhere to be found.
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Nachdem nun schon wieder die neueste Verfilmung durch die Kinos geistert, musste ich mir doch endlich selbst ein Bild von dem Buch machen und diese Wissenslücke schließen.

Kurz gesagt, das Buch hat mich begeistert. Auch nach all den Jahren seit seiner Entstehung hat es nichts von seinem Zauber eingebüßt, sondern vermittelt ein eindringliches und unwahrscheinlich intensives Bild einer ganzen Generation. Man wird direkt in das Lebensgefühl dieser Gesellschaft der 20er Jahre hineingezogen und taucht nur schwer wieder daraus auf.

Die Charaktere sind unwahrscheinlich gut dargestellt, sie haben ihre deutlichen Ecken und Kanten, lassen den Leser nicht gleichgültig und sind doch alle nicht klar zuzuordnen. Keiner ist nur gut, keiner nur böse. kaum hat man sich eine Meinung gebildet, zeigt sich eine andere Facette und wirft ein neues Licht auf die Person.

Gatsby, der dem Leser erst als eher oberflächlicher Partymensch erscheint, der sein Geld, seinen Erfolg zur Schau stellt, zeigt sich im Verlauf des Buches als ein Getriebener, als jemand, der einem Traum, einer Idee seines Lebens hinterherjagt und doch irgendwie immer nicht dort ankommt.
Sympathisch ist er mit Sicherheit nicht wirklich, aber interessant, geheimnisvoll und immer ein Stück weit nicht ganz greifbar.

Das Buch hat mich sehr beeindruckt und ich kann es auch heute noch uneingeschränkt empfehlen.
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am 20. April 2001
Dieses dramatische Kultwerk von F. Scott Fitzgerald beschreibt den Aufstieg und Fall des "großen Gatsby" im Amerika der ausgehenden 20er Jahre. Eine meisterhafte Schilderung der Gesellschaft dieser Epoche wird in wunderschönen Bildern, Symbolen und Personen charakterisiert, so dass auch heute noch mühelos ein Bezug zu dem Plot hergestellt werden kann.
Unbedingt empfehlenswert !
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am 1. Juli 2000
Yes, this is a classic, but not everyone was required to read it in school. I wish I had been, since I would have discovered a wonderful, heart-wrenching, beautifully written novel much sooner than now, when I am in my late twenties. This book made me feel so much emotion, and every word Fitzgerald uses is brilliantly perfect. The story is very compelling as well, and it drew me in so much that I did not put it down on the second day I read it (the beginning drags just a tiny bit--keep reading! ) for a full eight hours until I finished it. If you have never read it thus far, DO...for the women, it has a touching, tear-jerking love story, and for men, all the violence and egotism you've come to expect from a good read. EVERYONE should read this excellent piece of literature.
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am 19. Januar 2000
Even though I only had to read this for school, I can tell you one thing through my forced reading: the only good thing about this book was that I could read it fast. Fitzgerald puts across some good points, but the book left me without the feeling of having been there and only with images of what happened. He did not do a very good job of emphasizing the important points, and I'm afraid I missed some of them. I would only recommend this book if your intent is a long-term study of writers of the 20th century.
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am 7. November 2008
"The Great Gatsby" - reich, umschwärmt, schmeißt die rauschendsten Partys - ein Self-Made-Millionär-Leben, das sich viele andere Menschen in Amerika auch erträumt haben, aber führt er auch ein glückliches Leben?

Fitzgerald zeichnet ein verwischtes Portrait von einem undurchschaubaren Gatsby aus der Sicht von Gatsby's Nachbarn. Besonders diese Erzählperspektive und die dadurch immer erst hinterher einleuchtenden Situationen zeichnen dieses Werk der Weltliteratur aus!

Fazit: Absolut lesenswert!
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