The Great Gatsby

The Great Gatsby

BBC World Service presents an abridged reading of The Great Gatsby, F Scott Fitzgerald's classic story of the Jazz Age.

Mira Sorvino as Daisy Buchanan and Toby Stephens as Gatsby from the BBC adaptation of The Great Gatsby.

It's a story of glamour, love and betrayal that foreshadowed the stock market crash of 1929, and whose themes have important parallels today in terms of the current global financial crisis, the US election and the Great Depression of the 1920s.

The rich and glamorous society of Long Island and New York - and particularly the lifestyle of Gatsby himself - lures the young Nick Carraway to come east to make his fortune.

As Nick Carraway ventures deeper into a superficially appealing world of high living and alluring parties and comes to know Gatsby and the woman he loves, the beautiful Daisy Buchanan, he witnesses tragedy and disappointment and finally comes to despise the American Dream of success, wealth and material possessions.

The Great Gatsby is read by Trevor White.

The Great Gatsby - Part One
The rich and glamorous society of Long Island and New York, and particularly the lifestyle of Jay Gatsby, lures the young Nick Carraway to come east to make his fortune.
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The Great Gatsby - Part Two
Nick Carraway hears music from Gatsby's fabulous parties, but has yet to meet his mysterious neighbour.
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The Great Gatsby - Part Three
Nick Carraway invites his cousin Daisy Buchanan to tea. She is unaware that Jay Gatsby, the man with whom she was madly in love five years earlier, will also be there.
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The Great Gatsby - Part Four
Gatsby's dream of persuading Daisy to leave her husband Tom Buchanan seems almost in reach, when a shocking incident threatens to destroy them all.
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The Great Gatsby - Part Five
Unaware that the net is drawing tighter around him, Gatsby continues to hold out hope that Daisy will come back to him.
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