The Great Gatsby, Paperback
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Jay Gatsby is a self-made man, famed for his decadent champagne-drenched parties.

Despite being surrounded by Long Island's bright and beautiful, he longs only for Daisy Buchanan.

In shimmering prose, Fitzgerald shows Gatsby pursue his dream to its tragic conclusion.




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The Great Gatsby, the great American novel, Fitzgerald's magnum opus, follows the life of the eponymous, mysterious millionaire and his pursuit of the beautiful Daisy Buchanan. Gatsby holds champagne-drenched parties but unlike Trimalchio in the Satyricon, Gatsby remains oddly detached until he is able to confront Daisy and her husband and confess his love to her.

Fitzgerald's prose is simple but elegant, and shows the tragic conclusion to Gatsby's dream of pursuing Daisy. Fitzgerald is also able to stunning capture the decadent and hedonistic air of the Roaring Twenties, an age of economic prosperity, jazz, and flappers.

Yet it is that realisation that the wholly materialistic pursuit of the American Dream is ultimately hollow and without deeper meaning that leaves The Great Gatsby wanting. A classic, yes; but ultimately a glorified anecdote.

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