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The Great Gatsby
by F. Scott Fitzgerald

This classic novel set in the 1920's tells of Jay Gatsby and his hopes and dreams of reuniting with the woman he loves. This tale of rich society, morals (or lack of), hope and undying love is said to represent the American Dream as written by twenty year old F. Scott Fitzgerald.
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Links of Interest:

Full Text Online - read or print the entire book online!
Quotes from the book - from The Book Venue quotations collection
Great Gatsby Trivia Challenge - try your luck and have fun!
Trimalchio - a recently published early version of The Great Gatsby, different names and text, but the same great story.
The 1920's - a comprehensive site all about the roaring 20's
USC F. Scott Fitzgerald Centenary Page
Beginner's Guide to The Great Gatsby
Flapper Culture and Style

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Discussion (Let us know what you think at the discussion board): Fitzgerald used the imagery of colors to represent certain ideas. Can you describe an instance of this imagery and what it represents? Can you find instances of imagery besides those of colors? What do you think the "moral of the story" is? (there are certainly NUMEROUS answers to this one!)

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This was the second time I've read The Great Gatsby and I think I enjoyed it even more this time than the first. There's nothing really fantastic about the story itself...a rich, unhappy, and unfaithful married couple caught in a love triangle, but the way it is narrated by the character Nick, and set against the backdrop of the glamorous 20's really gives this story a charm. Nick is the "innocent bystander" to the story, and reveals Gatsby's side of the story to us in a way that makes Gatsby a quite likeable protaganist, despitse his connections with underhanded business and mobsters.

I found myself with no shortage of quotable passages (see "links of interest" above), and I was hooked after reading the first chapter. All of this coupled with the ironic twist at the end of the book makes it a book that should not be missed! Sharon (July 2000)