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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."
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 7 days ago by Joan C. Teglas
It was his first and jumped around and he wrote part of it as one would a play. Disappointed. Guess he hadn't gotten into Zelda's journals or diaries. Meow.Published 1 month ago by MaryAnn Dodd
I expected some wear and tear as this was being sold as a used item, but this book is so mangled and bent that I may need to flat iron it before it can be opened properly to read.Published 1 month ago by PAflyer
Two things about 'This Side of Paradise' will leave a lifelong impression on me. I've only just finished the novel, but I already know that its marks will remain embedded in me... Read morePublished 1 month ago by N. Trandahl
To anyone that has read this book one knows that it's a great read. The material of the book is good, I mean it's paperback. If one is looking for a good simple read this is it!Published 2 months ago by edgar mendoza