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The great Gatsby
2010
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Characters
Jay Gatsby (Male), World War I veteran, Wealthy, Millionaire, Self-made millionaire;uses his vast and implicitly ill-gotten fortune to buy his way into society; wants to win back the love of his life, Daisy
Daisy Buchanan (Female), Married, Socialite, Wealthy, Tom's wife; Jay's former love; still in love with Jay
Tom Buchanan (Male), Married, Wealthy, Daisy's husband; is unfaithful to his wife and has a girlfriend on the side
Nick Carraway (Male), Jay's neighbor; dreams of being rich
Genre
Classic
Literary
Cautionary tale
Love story
Fiction
Cinematization
Topics
Upper classes
Wealthy lifestyles
Jazz Age
Obsessive love
Ambition
Greed
American Dream
Infidelity
Organized crime
Socialites
Millionaires
Setting
New York - Mid-Atlantic States (U.S.)
Time Period
1920s -- 20th century
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  Library Journal Review

Fitzgerald's classic novel depicts the times, sounds, attitudes, and lives of many Americans in the 1920s. Upon moving to the West Egg area of Long Island to sell bonds in New York, unassuming narrator Nick Carraway becomes involved with, though never quite a part of, several segments of the alternating languid and furiously paced lives of individuals with money and time to spend. When he meets his neighbor the mysterious Jay Gatsby at a wild party in the neighborhood, Nick becomes entwined in Gatsby's hopeful plan to rekindle his continuing love for Nick's cousin Daisy Buchanan. Themes of reality vs. fantasy, hope vs. obsession, the idle rich, and the American dream are beautifully threaded to offer readers a tapestry that has come to embody the time period. Narrator Jake Gyllanhaal gives an understated performance filled with nuance and a thoughtful appreciation of the written word. Never overpowering, Gyllanhaal allows time for readers to draw their own conclusions and investigate their own interpretations of the novel's many facets. This fresh audio production will inspire readers to experience the classic anew. VERDICT This is an essential purchase for libraries not owning this novel in audiobook format and for those wanting to use the popular movie poster found on the audiobook cover as a conduit for enticing new listeners.-Lisa Youngblood, Harker Heights P.L., TX (c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

  Publishers Weekly Review

Readers in that sizeable group of people who think The Great Gatsby is the Great American Novel will be delighted with Robbins's subtle, brainy and immensely touching new reading. There have been audio versions of Gatsby before this-by Alexander Scourby and Christopher Reeve, to name two-but actor/director Robbins brings a fresh and bracing vision that makes the story gleam. From the jaunty irony of the title page quote ("Lover, gold-hatted, high-bouncing lover, I must have you!") to the poetry of Fitzgerald's ending about "the dark fields of the republic" and "boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past," Robbins conjures up a sublime portrait of a lost world. And as a bonus, the excellent audio actor Robert Sean Leonard reads a selection of Fitzgerald's letters to editors, agents and friends which focus on the writing and selling of the novel. Listeners will revel in learning random factoids, e.g., in 1924, Scott and Zelda were living in a Rome hotel that cost just over $500 a month, and he was respectfully suggesting that his agent Harold Ober ask $15,000 from Liberty magazine for the serial rights to Gatsby. (Oct.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
Summary
Nick Carraway idolizes riches and glamour. At the height of a decadent era, he moves to Long Island's swanky North Shore and rents an inexpensive bungalow sandwiched between two mansions. In this new world of frivolity and excess, he meets his distant cousin Daisy, her faithless husband Tom and their attractive houseguest, Jordan - a women's golf pro. Nick had realises his dream but the unrestrained materialism and blatant immorality of Jazz age New York starts to make him edgy. His life becomes more complex and troublesome when he finally meets his wealthy and very mysterious neighbour, Jay Gatsby.
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