This Side of Paradise

This Side of Paradise

Book - 2001
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Amory Blaine has been brought-up by a wealthy, idiosyncratic and alcoholic mother. Snobbish because he knows no better, he is uncomfortable with others and must learn the proper social etiquette and values that others his age already know. As he progresses to Princeton University from the Midwest, he experiences a series of flirtations with some predatory young women and a chance at friendship with some intellectual young men. His love-life culminates in a genuine but ill-fated love with a soul-mate who rejects him to marry a wealthier young man. This Side of Paradise was first published in 1920 and was considered daring and intellectual in its day. Its enormous popularity helped to launch young Fitzgerald's career as a major writer.
Publisher: New York : Modern Library, 2001
Edition: 2001 Modern Library ed
ISBN: 0375758860 (pbk.)
9780375758867 (pbk.)
Branch Call Number: FIC FITZGERALD
Characteristics: xiv, 334 p. ; 21 cm

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philipriley1234
Oct 25, 2016

I found this book very relatable as a young independent man in a big city. The main character's pretentiousness blooms and develops in many ways throughout his experience, some bad and some good. The sporadic changes in writing styles and perspectives is entertaining and progresses the plot in an interesting way. Reading about the author's background at the time of writing is also very illuminating, as this is a semi-autobiographical piece.

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Charlie68
Sep 15, 2015

Fitzgerald's first novel and its a gem. Story of a young man and his journey of discovery. Semi-autobiographical coloured with great prose.

ProtectEndangeredSpecies Jan 31, 2013

This book is worth the read as an early glimpse of the author, and his narrative. When I first went to college I pulled out a sheet of loose leaf, and mapped out eight perfect semesters. Life deviates in strange ways. Having illuminated his emergence F. Scott Fitzgerald spilled more of the beans than I suspect he would have cared to further on down the road based on my limited knowledge of his treatment of his emergence later in his career. Cliché as it sounds, this is also true: the odometer alone does not define the journey; the paths taken counts for much. He is spoken of, and his work recreated as cinema still to this day, but are the inheritors of his mentors dreams proud of the body of his work, and the criticisms? Much effort was expended staking this young man on his literary journey. In the first hundred pages he drops character examinations with his typical sly wit, and then he tortures himself. Then he walks out on thin ice, and survives. If you've ever been in the position to write something on any of the empty, or partially scribbled on leaves of paper that can confront us, and wondered what will happen to them, this is one of the better literary journey at a start books out there. If you haven't, it is still a good read, though you might not recognize the struggle.

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FavouriteFiction Sep 30, 2009

Amory Blaine grows from a indulged child to a mature adult, living through prep schools, Princeton, love affairs and World War I.

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SPL_STARR Jun 23, 2015

"Amory Blaine inherited from his mother every trait, except the stray inexpressible few, that made him worth while."

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