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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."
Lyrical, thoughtful, fascinating from
Historical point of view-loco mobile, driver wearing googles, prohibition, Princeton , World War I-hope, despair, classism, poetry
Scott Fitzgerald is a one trick pony. All of his stories have a Gadsby flavor. Same basic story different characters.Published 16 days ago by kevin benton
I'm sixty-eight years old and had never read anything by Fitzgerald, though I did slog through "Zelda" many years ago and arrived at the conclusion that both she and Scott... Read morePublished 18 days ago by creeper
I would recommend this only to those who are prepared to think but if you are prepare to push through book 1.Published 23 days ago by blake allen
Modernist literature to the tee. This must have been a rather trying period of history to live through. Such expectations.Published 26 days ago by Frank B. Posner