The exemplary novel of the Jazz Age, F. Scott Fitzgeralds' third book, The Great Gatsby (1925), stands as the supreme achievement of his career. T. S. Eliot read it three times and saw it as the "first step" American fiction had taken since Henry James; H. L. Mencken praised "the charm and beauty of the writing," as well as Fitzgerald's sharp social sense; and Thomas Wolfe hailed it as Fitzgerald's "best work" thus far. The story of the fabulously wealthy Jay Gatsby and his love for the beautiful Daisy Buchanan, of lavish parties on Long Island at a time when, The New York Times remarked, "gin was the national drink and sex the national obsession," it is an exquisitely crafted tale of America in the 1920s that resonates with the power of myth. A novel of lyrical beauty yet brutal realism, of magic, romance, and mysticism, The Great Gatsby is one of the great classics of twentieth-century literature.
This is the definitive, textually accurate edition of The Great Gatsby, edited by Matthew J. Bruccoli and authorized by the estate of F. Scott Fitzgerald. The first edition of The Great Gatsby contained many errors resulting from Fitzgerald's extensive revisions and a rushed production schedule, and subsequent editions introduced further departures from the author's intentions. This critical edition draws on the manuscript and surviving proofs of the novel, along with Fitzgerald's later revisions and corrections, to restore the text to its original form. It is The Great Gatsby as Fitzgerald intended it....Continua
The best book by Fitzgerald by far. I could read this book over and over even though the ending was melancholic. The author describes perfectly that being rich doesn't mean that you're happy. So many of the characters seemed to be striving for something that's always just out of their reach, or if they do get it they don't seem to be satisfied. BTW there is only one acceptable film adaptation of this book and that is the 1974 version with Robert Redford, Mia Farrow and Sam Waterston....Continua
Romanzo stupendo. All'inizio sembra una storia banale ma poi la storia, il simbolismo e lo stile lo rendono un capolavoro. Lo stile è decisamente raffinato e la lettura richiede un certo impegno perchè molte cose sono lasciate intendere, piuttosto che dette esplicitamente. I dialoghi fra i personaggio sono strepitoso. La scena in cui Nick dice a Gatsby "you can't repeat the past" riassume quello che secondo me è il tema portante della storia anche se non l'unico....Continua
Chi è Gatsby? Una spia tedesca, un assassino oppure un criminale? Questa domanda viene posta al lettore, che ha solo la facoltà di leggere quanto Nick ha scoperto, trovandosi alla fine del libro di fronte a un uomo che tutto ha voluto e posseduto, tranne una vita serena con la propria amata....Continua