This Side of Paradise

This Side of Paradise

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This Side of Paradise, F. Scott Fitzgerald's romantic and witty first novel, was written when the author was only twenty-three years old. This semiautobiographical story of the handsome, indulged, and idealistic Princeton student Amory Blaine received critical raves and catapulted Fitzgerald to instant fame. Now, readers can enjoy the newly edited, authorized version of this early classic of the Jazz Age, based on Fitzgerald's original manuscript. In this definitive text, This Side of Paradise captures the rhythms and romance of Fitzgerald's youth and offers a poignant portrait of the "Lost Generation."
Publisher: New York : Scribner, [1996], ©1920.
ISBN: 9780684830469
0684830469
Branch Call Number: FIC FITZGERALD, F.
Characteristics: 256 pages ; 25 cm.

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BARosen1112
Oct 16, 2020

Fitzgerald was but 25 years old when he wrote this first novel. The story of Amory Blaire's Princeton years and their aftermath are full of youthful exuberance and promise, and FItzgerald's use of language, in full bloom here, make this a "must read" for those interested in what Jay Gatsby may have been like as a youth.

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StraightS
Mar 21, 2020

I enjoyed this book because it was quite a change of pace of the things I have been reading as of late. Normally, I like to read YA novels because they are more light-hearted, but I was really feeling the need for something deeper, so I turned to this classic. While the book follows a main character that I don't really relate to, I found his coming-of-age story to be universally applicable. It follows Amory, a young boy who is a self proclaimed egotist, and follows his journey through adolescence, young adulthood, and even after he has been through a war. Not only do his opinions regarding other people change, his opinions regarding himself and the world around him changes due to a variety of factors, some of which were his own fault. Fitzgerald's imagery is really striking, and as much as I know other people may not enjoy lengthy descriptions, I appreciate them because of their aesthetic value. I also loved every single female character that was featured in this novel (even though they were not present for very long) because each of them exhibited such a confident, spunky attitude that was characteristic of the flapper girls at the time. I also think the ending was fairly well deserved; it was not a happy perfect ending where everything was resolved neatly, but it also was not the end of the world for Amory as he battled his feelings.

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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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