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This Side of Paradise Hardcover – July 14, 2006
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Fitzgerald's first novel, reprinted in the handsome Everyman's Library series of literary classic, uses numerous formal experiments to tell the story of Amory Blaine, as he grows up during the crazy years following the First World War. It also contains a new introduction by Craig Raine that describes critical and popular reception of the book when it came out in 1920. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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Fitzgerald's first novel, about a coterie of Princeton socialites, appears in a 75th anniversary edition.
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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I found and read the Kindle freebie public domain edition of this book. It has been available here on Amazon for many years. I read the download on a Kindle Touch.
The book is well formatted and presents well on the Kindle. The native font is fine, but all the Kindle options - font selection, font size, line spacing, and margins - work properly. The book has a sloppy Table of Contents which I did not find to be active. The Kindle "Go To" function was a better choice for navigation anyway. There are no notes or annotations, and no editor foreword or supplementary material, apart from one page of production notes. This is a bare bones, but faithful, transcription of the text. This copy avoids the dreaded error where a letter, (usually "f" or "t" for some reason), has been omitted everywhere in the text. The text here is clean. There are no, (or very, very few), odd page breaks, no paragraphing problems, no garbled sentences, and no other format issues.
Bottom line - this is an excellent choice for browsing or experimenting and a nice freebie find.
The subject of rapidly changing life and the disillusionment of the protagonist in his own generation and its values and views is delivered superbly, just like Amory’s character development, who grows and gradually transforms in front of the reader’s eyes from a careless and even shallow “egotist” (as Fitzgerald himself calls him) into a thinker and even somewhat of a disillusioned philosopher who searches for the meaning of life and completely reevaluates his own in the very end of the novel. That uncertainty in which he’s left, that somewhat of an open ending is an excellent tool in delivering the idea that maybe nothing is lost yet for this new generation, and that maybe with more young men like Amory it will find itself and reinvent itself once again, abandoning its old, traditional and rotten materialistic form.
A truly magnificent literary work that everyone needs to read at least once in their life. Highly, highly recommended.
I think Fitzgerald 's novel and its in coherent nature in the second half of the novel reflects upon the effects of his alcoholism and apparent substance abuse , perhaps cocaine and or opium.
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A first book from the author - I'm glad he improved later...