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The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

In 1922, F. Scott Fitzgerald announced his decision to write "something new--something extraordinary and beautiful and simple and 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.(less)

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  • Alison K.

    Ehhh. Not the greatest book but it wasn't horrible. I enjoyed the storyline but i did not like any of the characters

    1 · July 25, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    This was a fun evening. Everyone was very respectful of each others opinion. Wendy did a great job making sure everyone who wanted to talk got a chance to. I really enjoyed meeting the group and plan on going next month.

    1 · July 24, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    sorry not feeling good

    July 24, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Greetings, new here, so would it matter if I haven't read the Great Gatsby to check out Wednesday's meeting? I'd like to share about my book signing that will be at Cocoa Beach on July 27th.

    July 22, 2013

    • Wendy

      Hello Julio, You are welcome to share a little bit about yourself during our introduction where everyone introduces themselves to the group and states their opinion about "The Great Gatsby". No, you don't have to finish the selected book to attend the meet up. After the introductions, we do have group questions to answer; however, our topics usually transition to general discussions. Thank you for joining, Wendy

      July 22, 2013

  • Estella W.

    Hi Lori,my name is Estella Williams I am a first time author.I'm happy to join your club.I have just retired after 52 years of hairdressing.I will look forward to meeting you soon and want to share my book signing on Aug 3rd at the Satellite Beach Library at 1pm.I hope I can make the meeting.

    July 22, 2013

    • Wendy

      Welcome to the group Estella!! I guess this is the month for local authors to have book signing events. You will be able to share that date when everyone gets to introduce and share something about themselves and give their opinion about "The Great Gatsby". Then we will have discussion questions for the group to answer about the selected book. I hope to meet you this wednesday. Thank you for joining, Wendy

      July 22, 2013

  • susan

    my brother is in town so i will have to bow out this month

    July 22, 2013

  • Lori B.

    I'm all out of books to read! Getting desperate! Lol

    July 19, 2013

  • Lori B.

    Hi everyone! I loved the great gatsby! Is anyone interested in book swapping? :)

    1 · July 16, 2013

    • Wendy

      Lori-- great idea!! I have little time to read more than 1 book a month - with 3 young kids :) I can make an announcement at the next meeting.

      July 19, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Book swapping is a great idea. I have LOTS of books!

      July 19, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Well, I skimmed through it during lunch but I'll come anyway. I work in the same room as the library and I got distracted by a 3-novel Mary Higgins Clark book.

    1 · July 16, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Read this years ago; will skim through it before meeting.

    July 16, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I am reading this now, so I'd love to chat about it in a couple months.

    1 · May 24, 2013

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