F. Scott Fitzgerald had also some other ideas for the title of the book, including Trimalchio, Trimalchio in West Egg or Gold-Hatted Gatsby.
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In my younger and more vulnerable years my father gave me some advice that I've been turning over in my mind ever since.
"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."
(Daisy) I hope she'll be a fool -- that's the best thing a girl can be in this world, a beautiful little fool.
(Jordan Baker) And I like large parties. They’re so intimate. At small parties there isn’t any privacy.
(Jay Gatsby) Can’t repeat the past?... Why of course you can!
So we drove on toward death through the cooling twilight.
Gatsby believed in the green light, the orgastic 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——
So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past.
In my younger and more vulnerable years, my father never gave me some advice, or at least not that I can think to remember. But there is one thing he did that has forever changed my life. He offered me six books, you see. At that time, in the books were already vulgar and outdated. But he gave me books anyway and even though I do not think I enjoyed reading those books, I surely enjoyed possessing those. I will share in another review the titles of those books. But thank to his action, I came to cherish books, many actually. Up until I finally decided to read The Great Gatsby.
|| Perfect timeless classic
Written by Jack Anderson on 2018-05-09
Let me start right away. The Great Gatsby is one of my all time favorite book.
Since the novel is rather short, it makes the story very precise. Most, if not all of the scenes are straight to the point and move the story forward. The pace is quite fast, but at the same time, the author takes the time to describe the environment and the feelings around.
BELIEVING IN THE GREEN LIGHT
What I liked a lot is that there is definitely a theme in this novel. Gatsby tries to hold onto the past, thinking he can recreate it when actually, his future is behind him. It is beautifully summarized at the end of the book:
[i]Gatsby believed in the green light, the orgastic 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——
So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past.[/i]
I have both the book and the audiobook, narrated by the late actor Frank Muller. His performance of this book is simply brilliant. I listened to it many times in train, making my journeys very interesting and poetic.
A true masterpiece classic. A short novel beautifully written with a compelling story. A long poem of a book. I give it 10 out of 10.