May 7, 2013
May 7, 2013
F. Scott Fitzgerald?s classic American novel of the Roaring Twenties is beloved by generations of readers and stands as his crowning work. This new edition, authorized by Fitzgerald's estate, is narrated by Oscar-nominated actor Jake Gyllenhaal (Brokeback Mountain). Gyllenhaal's performance is a faithful delivery in the voice of Nick Carraway, the Midwesterner-turned-New York bond salesman, who rents a small house next door to the mysterious millionaire Jay Gatsby. There, he has a firsthand view of Gatsby?s lavish West Egg parties - and of his undying love for the beautiful Daisy Buchanan.After meeting and losing Daisy during the war, Gatsby has made himself fabulously wealthy by working as a bootlegger. Now, he believes that his only way to true happiness is to find his way back into Daisy?s life, and he uses Nick to try to reach her. What happens when the characters? fantasies are confronted with reality makes for a startling conclusion to this iconic masterpiece.This special audio edition joins the upcoming film - as well as many other movie, radio, theater, and even video game adaptations ? as a fitting tribute to the cultural significance of Fitzgerald?s Jazz Age classic, widely regarded as one of the greatest stories ever told.
When F. Scott Fitzgerald wrote THE GREAT GATSBY in the early 1920s, the American Dream was already on the skids. Originally based on the idea that the pursuit of happiness involves not only material success but moral and spiritual growth, the dream had by Fitzgerald's time become increasingly focused on money and pleasure--a phenomenon the high-living writer was only too familiar with. In THE GREAT GATSBY, Fitzgerald looks deeply into himself and his milieu to create the story of James Gatz, a self-educated nobody from North Dakota who has amassed a fortune and adopted the persona of Jay Gatsby, an Oxford-educated man about town, for the sole purpose of winning back the heart of Daisy, the woman he loved in his youth. Daisy is now married to Tom Buchanan--a brutal, ignorant racist who embodies the corruption that can come with unlimited wealth. As Gatsby, Daisy, and Tom--and the narrator, Daisy's cousin Nick Carroway, who serves as the author's spokesman--play out the drama in a small Long Island town (the East Hampton of its day), Fitzgerald makes it increasingly clear that life is meaningless when it is based on money and glamour at the expense of the solid American values of self-reliance and hard work--and Gatsby's sad end underscores the point. THE GREAT GATSBY has long been celebrated as the archetypal American novel, and, just as Fitzgerald's book grew out of the tradition that included Henry James and Edith Wharton, its influence on later writers from J. D. Salinger to John O'Hara cannot be overestimated. The book remains vividly alive and widely read years after its writing.
Genre: Fiction + Literature Themes, Fiction + Literature Genres
Sub-Genre: Human Qualities + Behavior, Types of Characters, Disasters, Money + Finance, Classics, Settings, Philosophy, Love + Relationships + Sex, Conflicts + Dualities, Society + Social Issues
- Genre: Fiction + Literature Genres, Fiction + Literature Themes
- Subgenre: Philosophy, Love + Relationships + Sex, Types of Characters, Settings, Society + Social Issues, Conflicts + Dualities, Disasters, Human Qualities + Behavior, Money + Finance, Classics
- Edition: Unabridged
- Language: English
- Author: F. Scott Fitzgerald
- Narrator: Jake Gyllenhaal (Narrator)
- Online Item #: 14570506
- Store Item Number (DPCI): 248-82-8486
- ISBN: 9781480529960
- Item can be gift wrapped.
- Made in the USA or Imported