Age Range: 12 – 17 years
Everybody wants to know Jay Gatsby. He is handsome and very rich. He owns a big house, and he has wonderful parties there. But after the music and dancing, does anybody really know who Jay Gatsby is? This is a story of love, money, and secrets.
Penguin Readers is a series of popular classics, exciting contemporary fiction, and thought-provoking non-fiction written for learners of English as a foreign language. Beautifully illustrated and carefully adapted, the series introduces language learners around the world to the bestselling authors and most compelling content from Penguin Random House. The eight levels of Penguin Readers follow the Common European Framework and include language activities that help readers to develop key skills.
The Great Gatsby, a Level 3 Reader, is A2 in the CEFR framework. The text is made up of sentences with up to three clauses, introducing first conditional, past continuous and present perfect simple for general experience. It is well supported by illustrations, which appear on most pages.
A masterful portrayal of the Jazz Age, The Great Gatsby (1925) is considered Fitzgerald’s finest work. The story follows a host of characters in the affluent town of West Egg on Long Island and centres on themes of decadence, excess and social upheaval. The novel has been adapted for the theatre, radio and cinema, with Leonardo DiCaprio playing Jay Gatsby in the 2013 Hollywood blockbuster.