The Great Gatsby by F Scott Fitzgerald

About the book

Generally considered to be F. Scott Fitzgerald’s finest novel, The Great Gatsby is a consummate summary of the “roaring twenties”, and a devastating expose of the “Jazz Age”. Through the narration of Nick Carraway, the reader is taken into the superficially glittering world of the mansions which lined the Long Island shore in the 1920s, to encounter Nick’s cousin Daisy, her brash but wealthy husband Tom Buchanan, Jay Gatsby and the mystery that surrounds him.

Reviewed by Museum Book Group:

A well observed and beautifully written novel. A sad book, which made us aware of America post 1918 war. The mixing of social classes and the influence of old and new money. The characters were well drawn and were very real in the reading.

Star rating: ****

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8 thoughts on “The Great Gatsby by F Scott Fitzgerald”

  1. Review by Bridewell Beauties Reading Group:
    Excellent critique on the age. Highly descriptive. Exasperation in the characters emphasised this. Some people queried that the content made it a classic.
    Star rating: ***

  2. Review by Bridewell Beauties Reading Group:
    Excellent critique on the age. Highly descriptive. Exasperation in the characters emphasised this. Some people queried that the content made it a classic.
    Star rating: ***

  3. Review by Bidbury Mead WI:
    Why is this considered the ‘great American novel of all time’? Most of our group were distinctly underwhelmed. Though we admired the carefully crafted language, the plot and characterisation left most of us dissatisfied.
    Star rating: **+

  4. Review by Bidbury Mead WI:
    Why is this considered the ‘great American novel of all time’? Most of our group were distinctly underwhelmed. Though we admired the carefully crafted language, the plot and characterisation left most of us dissatisfied.
    Star rating: **+

  5. Review by Milford Reading Group
    Much discussion with varied response from our group from much appreciation through to acute antipathy.
    Star rating: * to ***

  6. Review by Boater’s Book Club:
    Easy read – depicted the era – characters shallow and careless apart from Nick – enjoyed descriptions – sad ending.
    Star rating: ***

  7. Fareham 5:30 Reading Group
    We found this book beautifully written, we could picture the carefully constructed scenes. There were few sympathetic characters, apart from the narrator – and we wondered why the author had used this construct. Perhaps the narrator was Fitzgerald himself – describing the shallow and decadent lifestyle he himself lived. The book provoked a lot of discussion about this lifestyle.
    4 stars

  8. Well written but not enjoyed by the majority of the group indeed several people failed to finish what is after all not a long book.
    Evocative of its time and place, America in the 1920’s we felt at times that we were reading a film script. The houses, the clothes, the cars and the parties are well suited to the screen as several successful films have shown.
    No one considered this a “great American ” classic at best it was an interesting read.
    3 stars

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