The Great Gatsby

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The Great Gatsby is probably F. Scott Fitzgerald’s greatest novel–a book that offers damning and insightful views of the American nouveau riche in the 1920s. The Great Gatsby is an American classic and a wonderfully evocative work described by some scholars as the most perfect American novel.

Like much of Fitzgerald’s prose, The Great Gatsby is neat and well–crafted. Fitzgerald seems to have had a brilliant understanding of lives that are corrupted by greed and incredibly sad and unfulfilled. The novel is a product of its generation–with one of American literature’s most powerful characters in the figure of Jay Gatsby, who is urbane and world-weary. Gatsby embodies a character who demonstrates qualities that augment that a writer writes about what he knows.

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