Author: F. Scott Fitzgerald
Translator: Wook-dong Kim
283 pages | 225*132mm
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About This Book
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 becomes 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 neighbor 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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