- Paperback: 202 pages
- Publisher: Wisehouse Classics; 2016 ed. edition (February 14, 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9176372073
- ISBN-13: 978-9176372074
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 9.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 620 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #852,611 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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This Side of Paradise (Wisehouse Classics Edition) 2016 ed. 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.
He is a truly great american novelist, only surpassed in my opinion by Steinbeck, and maybe only because I find Steinbeck'stories more interesting and moving. The only reason I Itook a star out is the poems interspeded in the story. He was a far better novelist than poet and I did not enjoy them much, with few exceptions.
All in all a great reading and a most enjoyable one. I particularly enjoyed his descriptions of his love interests and how social conventions affectted them, particularly his last love interest, europpean influenced wild child. You could feel her dispair at being talented but not able to put those talents to good use. You come to know all his girls so well. It was for me the best achieved parts of the book.by far. And the most enjoyable too.