June Book Discussion-The Great Gatsby

Let's read the classic by F. Scott Fitzgerald. We will also schedule a movie meetup to see the new film version. Here is the Amazon review:
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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  • Abbi

    I very much enjoyed meeting you all yesterday and participating in the discussion. Look forward to seeing you all next month.

    1 · June 9, 2013

  • Jennifer

    Interesting, stimulating people and discussion.

    1 · June 8, 2013

  • Pete

    Pleasant way to while away a couple of hours, as usual. Rich people always have, still do, and always will suck :)

    1 · June 8, 2013

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    May 26, 2013

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    May 26, 2013

  • Caroline

    Changing the time because the music started at 6 the last time we were there. This way we will definitely be able to talk before the music starts.

    May 26, 2013

  • Jennifer

    If the days/times work out, then I'll look forward to join you.

    May 19, 2013

  • Jennifer

    Depending on the dates and times of the meetings, I look forward to attending. Thank you.

    May 19, 2013

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    I look forward to attending!

    April 7, 2013

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