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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."
Very out-dated but even so it is hard to understand how this book ever became a best seller in its day. Read morePublished 28 days 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 1 month 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 2 months 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 3 months 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 3 months 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 3 months ago by N. Trandahl