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In 1922, F Scott Fitzgerald announced his decision to write "something new - something extraordinary and beautiful and simple, intricately patterned".

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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 be comes 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 neighbour Nick Carraway acting as chorus throughout.

Spare, elegantly plotted and written in crystalline prose, The Great Gatsby is as perfectly satisfying as the best kind of poem.

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I had to read The Great Gatsby for my A-level English. I was dreading it. I love classic books but this is one book i have never had the desire to read as the pre conceptions i have of the 1920's put me off.

All I can say now is thank you to AQA for making me read this. I have changed views on the book which was superb and of the 1920's.

My only critism would be the ending. I never wanted it to end.
A wonderful and ground breaking investigation of modern America. Daisy Buchanan, outwardly beautiful, utterly superficial, parasitic, morally bankrupt, personifies the brutality (so obvious in her husband) that lies at the rotten heart of the American Dream. 

Many novelists coming after Fitzgerald took up the theme, but, while America was still enjoying the boom years of the 1920s, he got there first. 

The fact that it's historically significant in no way detracts from the fact that 'Gatsby' is a great read: sex, violence, lesbianism, mistaken identity ... and golf. What more could you ask for?

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