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This Side of Paradise (Dover Thrift Editions) Paperback – April 12, 1996
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Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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Amory isn't the most sympathetic of protagonists. Coming from a non-aristocratic but quite cushy background, he's all you would expect from a Fitzgerald hero: full of himself, indifferent to the less fortunate, somewhat lazy, and at once condescending to and inept with women. But this is a story of young adulthood in the last gasps of the pre-World War I upper-crust, and Amory is the perfect vehicle for illustrating the youth of that time and place. Although the relative lack of details provided about Amory's experience in the war is odd, it adds to his Everyman quality for the generations since his, all of which have had their own reasons for a bleak outlook at some point even if few could match the sheer trauma of 1917-18.Read more ›
This Side of Paradise is his first novel and here we see both the promise of the character, Amory Blaine, and the author. On the very first page of the novel Fitzgerald displays his talent for words in his description of Amory's mother: "All in all Beatrice O'Hara absorbed the sort of education that will be quite impossible ever again; a tutelage measured by the number of things and people one could be contemptuous of and charming about; a culture rich in all the arts and traditions barren of all ideas in the last of those days when the great gardener clipped the inferior roses to produce one perfect bud." This lengthy sentence, despite its seeming awkwardness, tells us all we need to know about Beatrice and suggests that the son will share the same qualities. Other examples of Fitzgerald's facility with words follow. On page 45 he describes Isabelle thusly: "She paused at the top of the staircase. The sensations attributed to divers on springboards, leading ladies on opening nights, and lumpy, husky young men on the day of the Big Game, crowded through her.Read more ›
After 25 years I picked up the book again recently. Dusting off my old copy, I re-read the pages that had so captivated me as a teenager. Time dulls many things and people change. But I still love the book and think it's a brilliant first novel. Though it's sappy in spots and it definitely lags at the end, Fitzgerald still had a beautiful ability to harness the emotions of the reader into a world now vanished. It's not his most complete or mature work by a wide margin, but it matters not. This is still a great book, especially for young people or those still a kid at heart.
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Beautiful. How much it relates to present day thoughts, confusions,and happenings is just amazing. It holds a mirror up to humanity as it always has beenPublished 1 month ago by franco
It is so obvious, here, in Fitzgerald's first novel, that this is a new voice, an exciting voice, a distinct voice. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Christine Garner
Well, it was okay. I mean, I know it's F. Scott Fitzgerald, but it did not float my boat the way I expected it to, and certainly not as much as The Great Gatsby. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Silver Star
Cover and book itself were damaged. The box it was shipped in wasn't very protective. Otherwise a beautiful book.Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
This Side of Paradise by F. Scott Fitzgerald is a classic of American literature, thus there are lots of places to find a plot summary, analysis of characters, etc. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Stephen Schwartz
Tragic & beautiful. Great for getting over/accepting losing someone you love.Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer