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Long Island Dreaming---The Great Gatsby

Washington, DC

The Great Gatsby book cover painting by Francis Cugat, used with permission of Scribner, an imprint of Simon and Schuster Adult Publishing Group.

The Great Gatsby is written in the voice of Nick Carraway, a Midwesterner who finds himself among the New York upper-class. Nick moves into a tiny rental house in the shadow of great Long Island mansions, most notably that of his mysterious next-door neighbor, Jay Gatsby, who throws notoriously extravagant parties. Nick?s outsider perspective is one reason why The Great Gatsby is such a powerful novel---he seems to condemn the lavish lifestyle of his neighbors, even as he yearns to be accepted in their circles. Sam Waterston, who plays Nick in the film adaptation starring Robert Redford and Mia Farrow, also voices Nick for our Big Read audio guide. Here's an excerpt of that reading.

[audio:http://bigreadblog.arts.gov//audio/GatsbyNY.mp3]

[transcript]

To hear the entire Big Read audio guide, please visit The Big Read website.

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