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  1. Randall Ivey
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    Elegy for the jazz age, 17. Juli 2000
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    Rezension bezieht sich auf: The Great Gatsby (Taschenbuch)
    Although published seventy-five years ago, Fitzgerald’s masterpiece remains as fresh as the day it appeared. It could have been written yesterday. It is as perfect a novel as one is likely to find in American literature; not a word is wrong or out of place. The choice of a second person narrator gives the reader wider and greater appreciation of the characters and events. At the center of it all, of course, is Jay Gatsby, bootlegger, liar, party-giver, doomed romantic. His love for Daisy Buchanan, his "incorruptible dream", is the only genuine emotion felt by any of the characters (excepting narrator Nick Carroway, whose loyalty to Gatsby is touching), all of whose superficiality is buried beneath the glitter and gaiety of the Jazz Age, the endless parties, the extramarital affairs, the endless-flowing booze, the accumulation of wealth and things.
    This edition of the book features critical commentary and notes from Prof. Matthew Bruccoli, the world’s foremost Fitzgerald scholar.
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  2. mrovich
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    Down with school…, 28. April 2000
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    mrovich (London, UK) – Alle meine Rezensionen ansehen

    Rezension bezieht sich auf: The Great Gatsby (Taschenbuch)
    I did not go to school in America, and read this book about a year ago, but for whatever reason, I ended up here, and have to write some kind of upbeat report on the Great Gatsby to try to balance the tide against all the revisionist critics.
    The reason I mention school is that it would appear a lot of people have had traumatising experiences with classics being thrust down their throats. I do not know if it is a case of bad teacher, bad student, or simple incompatibility, but I would say this – if you really did not enjoy a book, DON’T TELL OTHER PEOPLE NOT TO READ IT! One of the most disappointing experiences of my literary career (if you can call it that) was when I recommended my girlfriend to read Catch-22, and had it metaphorically hurled in my face after "3 chapters". That’s her right, but the negative reaction will always hurt more people than help them, whereas vice-versa for the positive one…especially since I have noticed that works that someone has always been attached to can still be reduced for them in the face of violent enough criticism. If you had a bad experience at school, it’s fair enough to be upset about it…but this truly is a great book which should only have great things written about it.
    Both of Catch-22 and the Great Gatsby have humour and grace, and not a little hidden dignity. But Gatsby is clearly the superior work for the symbolists and amateur students of literature. It is a period novel, but like all the greatest of these kinds of works of fiction, it reaches far beyond its time. The writing is timeless, and the mystery makes for a latter day Much Ado About Nothing – perhaps it is boring on the surface, but boring like tectonic plates: fundamental, dealing in huge issues in subtle and slow movements. Yet it is not even a particularly long novel – several hours of great entertainment and effort well expended.
    I hate having to write prescriptively, but sometimes you can’t help reacting, you know?
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  3. Anonymous
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    Pure Genius, 9. September 1999
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    Rezension bezieht sich auf: The Great Gatsby (Taschenbuch)
    I fail to understand how anyone could not enjoy this book! Fitzgerald’s fantastic style and flair completely engulf the reader, and lets you fall in love with the characters.
    I’d like to point out one thing. i read this in an English 11 class, and while some high schoolers may fail to understand much of it, I took so much from this book. perhaps it is the way in which the teacher presented it and developed it in class (assigning each character to a student along with many perspectives on symbols in the book – colors, parties, etc) Everything in this book fascinated me – the characters, the parties, the colors, and so many other things – I was nearly overwhelmed. I recommend it to anyone who can look past the outer shell and see the symbolic meaning and theme of this novel.
    ALso, I’d like to question the review by Aaron Goldberg. He criticized Tom for being a racist. He’s intended to appear that way, it’s the way many people in the 1920’s thought, and it remains today. I don’t understand how calling Wolfshiem a "small, flat-nosed Jew" is racist, if it is merely the description of a character. he’s got a flat nose – that’s racist? And the fact that TGG and DB never get together? It‘;s tragic, it’s supoposed to show that all the money and wealth in the world cannot ensure you happiness, and to not let missed opportunities of the past bog you down in the future. And as for a "dated" book? That’s the purpose, it is set in the 1920s, Fitzgerald wrote it in near-pefrect sync with the era.
    Some people just confuse me when they cannot look deeper into a book and hrasp literary concepts such as setting, irony, and symbolism.
    Anyway, read this book! It’s a great!
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