Book Discussion - The Great Gatsby by F Scott Fitzgerald

  • June 27, 2013 · 7:00 PM

 

In June we'll be discussing The Great Gatsby! This classic is relatively short (only 128 pages!) so should be a quick summer read. We also thought it would be fun to have a movie Meetup after we talk about the book (it may be in second run theaters by then)!

 

Below is a description of the book by Amazon.

 

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 Gatsbyis as perfectly satisfying as the best kind of poem. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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  • Rebecca

    Liked meeting the new folks! Hope to see you again.

    June 27, 2013

  • Andrea E.

    Ladies, we need to move venue tonight. It looks like they are having open mic night here tonight. It's going to be difficult to have a conversation.

    June 27, 2013

  • Bonnie P

    Sorry for the last minute change. I'm so exhausted I just don't think I can make it tonight

    June 27, 2013

  • Kelly

    I think I have to cancel. There's still a chance, but it's slim.

    June 27, 2013

  • Heather M

    Going to try to make it, but will be late!

    June 25, 2013

  • Dawn G.

    Wish I could attend, but I will be on vacation. See you next time, though!

    June 23, 2013

  • Theresa

    Hoping to get back to regularly attending, but I can't do this month.

    June 16, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Look forward to it.

    May 29, 2013

  • Tammy

    Gotta miss this one. I'll be on vacation in Maine.

    May 19, 2013

  • Autumn

    Gonna be there even if I have to drag baby with me (hopefully not!!)

    1 · May 16, 2013

  • Azure C.

    Hoping we'll plan a movie night too :)

    May 9, 2013

  • Barbara

    Great idea!

    May 9, 2013

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