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The Great Gatsby (English Edition) [Format Kindle]

F. Scott Fitzgerald
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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 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.



In my younger and more vulnerable years my father gave

me some advice that I’ve been turning over in my mind ever


“Whenever you feel like criticizing any one,” he told me,

“just remember that all the people in this world haven’t had

the advantages that you’ve had.”

He didn’t say any more, but we’ve always been unusually

communicative in a reserved way, and I understood that he

meant a great deal more than that. In consequence, I’m

inclined to reserve all judgments, a habit that has opened up

many curious natures to me and also made me the victim of

not a few veteran bores. The abnormal mind is quick to detect

and attach itself to this quality when it appears in a normal

person, and so it came about that in college I was unjustly

accused of being a politician, because I was privy to the secret

griefs of wild, unknown men. Most of the confidences were

unsought—frequently I have feigned sleep, preoccupation, or

a hostile levity when I realized by some unmistakable sign that

an intimate revelation was quivering on the horizon; for the

intimate revelations of young men, or at least the terms in

which they express them, are usually plagiaristic and marred

by obvious suppressions. Reserving judgments is a matter of

infinite hope. I am still a little afraid of missing something if

I forget that, as my father snobbishly suggested, and I snobbishly

repeat, a sense of the fundamental decencies is parcelled

out unequally at birth.

And, after boasting this way of my tolerance, I come to

the admission that it has a limit. Conduct may be founded

on the hard rock or the wet marshes, but after a certain point

I don’t care what it’s founded on. When I came back from

the East last autumn I felt that I wanted the world to be in

uniform and at a sort of moral attention forever; I wanted

no more riotous excursions with privileged glimpses into the

human heart. Only Gatsby, the man who gives his name to

this book, was exempt from my reaction—Gatsby, who represented

everything for which I have an unaffected scorn. If

personality is an unbroken series of successful gestures, then

there was something gorgeous about him, some heightened

sensitivity to the promises of life, as if he were related to one

of those intricate machines that register earthquakes ten

thousand miles away. This responsiveness had nothing to do

with that flabby impressionability which is dignified under

the name of the “creative temperament”—it was an extraordinary

gift for hope, a romantic readiness such as I have

never found in any other person and which it is not likely I

shall ever find again. No—Gatsby turned out all right at the

end; it is what preyed on Gatsby, what foul dust floated in

the wake of his dreams that temporarily closed out my

interest in the abortive sorrows and short-winded elations of


* * *

My family have been prominent, well-to-do people in this

Middle Western city for three generations. The Carraways are

something of a clan, and we have a tradition that we’re

descended from the Dukes of Buccleuch, but the actual

founder of my line was my grandfather’s brother, who came

here in fifty-one, sent a substitute to the Civil War, and

started the wholesale hardware business that my father carries

on to-day.

I never saw this great-uncle, but I’m supposed to look like

him—with special reference to the rather hard-boiled painting

that hangs in father’s office. I graduated from New

Haven in 1915, just a quarter of a century after my father, and

a little later I participated in that delayed Teutonic migration

known as the Great War. I enjoyed the counter-raid so thoroughly

that I came back restless. Instead of being the warm

center of the world, the Middle West now seemed like the

ragged edge of the universe—so I decided to go East and learn

the bond business. Everybody I knew was in the bond business,

so I supposed it could support one more single man. All

my aunts and uncles talked it over as if they were choosing a

prep school for me, and finally said, “Why—ye-es,” with very

grave, hesitant faces. Father agreed to finance me for a year,

and after various delays I came East, permanently, I thought,

in the spring of twenty-two.

The practical thing was to find rooms in the city, but it was

a warm season, and I had just left a country of wide lawns

and friendly trees, so when a young man at the office suggested

that we take a house together in a commuting town,

it sounded like a great idea. He found the house, a weatherbeaten

cardboard bungalow at eighty a month, but at the last

minute the firm ordered him to Washington, and I went out

to the country alone. I had a dog—at least I had him for a

few days until he ran away—and an old Dodge and a Finnish

woman, who made my bed and cooked breakfast and muttered

Finnish wisdom to herself over the electric stove.

It was lonely for a day or so until one morning some man,

more recently arrived than I, stopped me on the road.

“How do you get to West Egg village?” he asked helplessly.

I told him. And as I walked on I was lonely no longer. I

was a guide, a pathfinder, an original settler. He had casually

conferred on me the freedom of the neighborhood.

And so with the sunshine and the great bursts of leaves

growing on the trees, just as things grow in fast movies, I had

that familiar conviction that life was beginning over again

with the summer.

There was so much to read, for one thing, and so much

fine health to be pulled down out of the young breathgiving

air. I bought a dozen volumes on banking and credit

and investment securities, and they stood on my shelf in red

and gold like new money from the mint, promising to

unfold the shining secrets that only Midas and Morgan and

Mæcenas knew. And I had the high intention of reading

many other books besides. I was rather literary in college—

one year I wrote a series of very solemn and obvious editorials

for the Yale News—and now I was going to bring back

all such things into my life and become again that most limited

of all specialists, the “well-rounded man.” This isn’t

just an epigram—life is much more successfully looked at

from a single window, after all.

It was a matter of chance that I should have rented a house

in one of the strangest communities in North America. It was

on that slender riotous island which extends itself due east of

New York—and where there are, among other natural

curiosities, two unusual formations of land. Twenty miles

from the city a pair of enormous eggs, identical in contour

and separated only by a courtesy bay, jut out into the most

domesticated body of salt water in the Western hemisphere,

the great wet barnyard of Long Island Sound. They are not

perfect ovals—like the egg in the Columbus story, they are

both crushed flat at the contact end—but their physical

resemblance must be a source of perpetual confusion to the

gulls that fly overhead. To the wingless a more arresting

phenomenon is their dissimilarity in every particular except

shape and size.

I lived at West Egg, the—well, the less fashionable of the

two, though this is a most superficial tag to express the

bizarre and not a little sinister contrast between them. My

house was at the very tip of the egg, only fifty yards from the

Sound, and squeezed between two huge places that rented for

twelve or fifteen thousand a season. The one on my right was

a colossal affair by any standard—it was a factual imitation

of some Hôtel de Ville in Normandy, with a tower on one

side, spanking new under a thin beard of raw ivy, and a marble

swimming pool, and more than forty acres of lawn and

garden. It was Gatsby’s mansion. Or, rather, as I didn’t know

Mr. Gatsby, it was a mansion, inhabited by a gentleman of

that name. My own house was an eyesore, but it was a small

eyesore, and it had been overlooked, so I had a view of the

water, a partial view of my neighbor’s lawn, and the consoling

proximity of millionaires—all for eighty dollars a month.

Across the courtesy bay the white palaces of fashionable

East Egg glittered along the water, and the history of the summer

really begins on the evening I drove over there to have

dinner with the Tom Buchanans. Daisy was my second

cousin once removed, and I’d known Tom in college. And just

after the war I spent two days with them in Chicago.

Her husband, among various physical accomplishments,

had been one of the most powerful ends that ever played football

at New Haven—a national figure in a way, one of those

men who reach such an acute limited excellence at twenty-one

that everything afterward savors of anticlimax. His family were

enormously wealthy—even in college his freedom with

money was a matter for reproach—but now he’d left Chicago

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5.0 étoiles sur 5 A rich story 30 mars 2005
Par Monica
'The Great Gatsby' is one of the most exquisite books I have ever read to date that deals with most if not all aspects of love and the challenges of life. There is so much to learn especially for us in this modern world where so many people use the word 'love' without really knowing what it truly means. The author is so descriptive that I sometimes felt as if I was in the story. He made it easy for readers to penetrate the souls of the characters and relate to their lives. The character development is prodigious, while prose is outstanding. I felt as much for Gatsby as I have for any other character. He had always had high aspirations, but his dreams were taken away from him by the fact the he had to fight a war, and he could never be the same again. Gatsby's ambition is to have his former love, who is now married to an unfaithful husband, a quest that saw outstanding twist and turns in the story to make it the great read we have heard so much about. This book is truly inspirational for everyone irrespective of race, gender, age or occupation.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Le rêve américain vu par Scott Fizgerald 26 octobre 2012
Par Eric B
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Grandeur et décadence de Gatsby, homme au passé mystérieux et soudain propulsé au sein de la haute société américaine par on ne sait quel miracle, cette histoire est très bien écrite et représentative de tout une époque avec ses excès et ses contradictions, on se passionne pour ces personnages au destin peu commun.

Très bonne traduction également.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Gatby 18 août 2011
Par Eliot
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Quelle élégance, quel style, pour illuminer la grande maison sur la baie...
Le roman n'a pas pris une ride, Scott F. est jeune et beau à jamais.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Tres Bien 18 janvier 2013
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Livraison rapide et une qualité incontestable. Pas grand choses a dire, il faut que nous placons dans le contexte historique pour comprendre ce livre. Sinon, elle perd la pluspart de ses sens.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Livre extraordinaire 23 avril 2013
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Tout est dit, ce grand classique de la littérature américaine est extraordinaire, à la fois dans son écriture et son histoire. Un réel plaisir intellectuel !
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2.0 étoiles sur 5 Bof Bof ! grande littérature ou pas... 28 mai 2015
Par Andrea
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J'ai eu du mal à ne pas mettre seulement une étoile...ce livre n'ai pas beaucoup de mots pour le décrire. Tout au long de ma lecture Daisy a été un personnage nulle. Pas de caractère, pas de conviction, quand vous serez à la fin vous prendrez une grosse claque. Pleurnicharde et gamine Daisy est la femme à abattre. De l'autre côté on retrouve, Gatsby. Je l'ai bien aimé parce qu'à travers les yeux de Nick son voisin, il paraissait mystérieux. Ce qui a fini par être TROP mystérieux. Si Nick avait pu lécher le sol de Gatsby il l'aurait volontiers fait. Gatsby, va être l'homme idéal. Il a aimé une femme qui est vide, qui dit l'aimer d'un amour que l'ont peu remettre en question. D'habitude on entend souvent parler de femmes qui aime les mauvaises personnes, la Scott Fitzgerald nous décrit tout le contraire.
Nick va alors paraître comme l'un des personnages les plus construits. Malgré le fait que Gatsby soit 'ohh mystérieux', il se pose beaucoup de questions et est le plus réelle possible. Je me suis plus sentie proche de Nick que de Daisy (l'idiote) ou Gatsby (le prince charmant).

Conclusion: Après tout, Gatsby reste quand même une énigme, même pour le lecteur. Ce n'est pas à cause de Nick et de sa façon de décrire Gatsby mais plutôt à cause de l'auteur.
Scott Fitzgerald est l'écrivain fantôme. C'est le type qui va vous écrire un livre vous laissant plus de questions inutiles que de réponses. Il met des éclipses quand il veut coupant le cours de l'histoire. Pour ma part, il a écrit un livre pour écrire un livre. En tant que lectrice, je ne me suis pas sentie du tout incluse dans cette histoire. C'était comme si, j'était extérieur aux événements qui se passaient.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Glad I read this as an adult 16 septembre 2013
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If I had read this as a kid, I would have thought it sucked. The literary style is definitely more difficult than the things I think most people read for entertainment. I was truly blown away by the simple genius there.

Mr. Fitzgerald is a master at "showing" and not "telling". One example that comes to mind is his description of the woman in his cousin's house the first time he meets her. He says something like she's sitting with her chin in a position that suggests she's balancing something delicate there, to keep it from falling. He could have just said she was snooty, but instead he gives this image. The book was chock full of that stuff.

It's short but so dense, I had to read much slower than normal and stop to consider almost every sentence, just to appreciate all it was saying. I've NEVER done that in a book before. The closest I can describe it is to call it a modern day Shakespeare, in the way that so much meaning is packed into very short sentences. He somehow manages to come across as brilliant without having to use words that have dust on them in the dictionary.

The story itself is pretty boring. It's the telling of the story that makes this so gripping. Really, I can't say enough good things about his writing. It's such a shame he never knew how his writing would touch so many people while he was alive.
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