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Fitzgerald's first novel, This Side of Paradise (1920) was an immediate, spectacular success and established his literary reputation. Perhaps the definitive novel of that "Lost Generation," it tells the story of Amory Blaine, a handsome, wealthy Princeton student who halfheartedly involves himself in literary cults, "liberal" student activities, and a series of empty flirtations with young women. When he finally does fall truly in love, however, the young woman rejects him for another.
After serving in France during the war, Blaine returns to embark on a career in advertising. Still young, but already cynical and world-weary, he exemplifies the young men and women of the '20s, described by Fitzgerald as "a generation grown up to find all gods dead, all wars fought, all faiths in man shaken."
After reading two thirds of this novel, I gave it up. Its like forcing down bad tasting medicine. I kept waiting for a PLOT which there was no inkling of after 180 tedious pages... Read morePublished 21 days ago by Daniel Cobert
Really Not exciting. Probably because it is a lower reading level book and I got bored because I'm at a higher reading level.Published 22 days ago by Selena#1
Having only read one of F. Scott Fitzgerald's novels, "The Great Gatsby," in high school, I was not sure what to expect when picking up "This Side of Paradise. Read morePublished 26 days ago by Jay Holzapfel
Very out-dated but even so it is hard to understand how this book ever became a best seller in its day. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Nancy J. Crowley
No real development of character or follow-through on situations. I think it may be a little old-fashioned compared to books now a days. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Jone Augustin
Certainly not of The Great Gatsby quality. Difficult read, hard to follow at times. I did finish reading it just for my own satisfaction.Published 3 months ago by Joan C. Teglas