The Audio Book Club on The Great Gatsby.

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Nov. 25 2008 10:15 AM

The Audio Book Club on The Great Gatsby

Our critics discuss F. Scott Fitzgerald's American classic.

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The Great Gatsby.

This month, the Audio Book Club revisits F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby. Our critics try to discover what it is about this book—so much about insubstantiality and itself quite insubstantial—that gives it such a permanent and undisputed place in the American canon. How does it work so well when the plot is ridiculous, gimmicky, and almost incidental? The 45-minute conversation explores these and other questions.

If you'd like to get an early start on the next book-club selection, we've chosen David Foster Wallace's massive novel Infinite Jest. Watch for—and listen to—our Audio Book Club about Infinite Jest in December.

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Stephen Metcalf is Slate's critic at large. He is working on a book about the 1980s.

Troy Patterson is Slate's writer at large and writes the Gentleman Scholar column.

Katie Roiphe, professor at NYU’s Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute, is the author of Uncommon Arrangements: Seven Marriages and In Praise of Messy Lives.