September 29, 2012 · 12:00 PM
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Here is a novel, glamorous, ironical, compassionate - a marvelous fusion into the unity of the curious incongruities of the life of the period - which reveals a hero like no other - one who could live at no other time and in no other place. But he will live as a character, we surmise, as long as the memory of any reader lasts.
"There was something gorgeous about him, some heightened sensitivity to the promises of life... it was an extraordinary gift for hope, a romantic readiness such as I have never found in any other person and which it is not likely I shall ever find again."
It is the story of this Jay Gatsby who came so mysteriously to West Egg, of his sumptuous entertainments, and of his love for Daisy Buchanan - a story that ranges from pure lyrical beauty to sheer brutal realism, and is infused with a sense of human circumstance in a heedless universe.
It is a magical, living book, blended of irony, romance, and mysticism. - Charles Scribner's Sons