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This Side of Paradise

Fitzgerald, F. Scott

(Book - 2009)
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
This Side of Paradise
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to write it took three months; to conceive it - three minutes; to collect the data in it - all my life' F. Scott Fitzgerald's first novel, This Side of Paradise tells the story of Amory Blaine as he grows from pampered childhood to young adulthood, and learns to know himself better. At Princeton he becomes a literary aesthete and makes friends with other aspiring writers. As he moves out into the world and tries to find his true direction he falls in love with a succession of beautiful young women. Youthful exuberance and immaturity give way to disillusion and disappointment as Amory confronts the realities of life. A thinly disguised account of Fitzgerald's own Princeton years, the novel's frank description of Amory's love affairs shocked and delighted its first readers, and the book was an immediate success. Brilliant and original in style and structure, it was a spectacular launching for Fitzgerald's career, and instantly stamped him as the bard of the Jazz Age.
Publisher: Oxford [England] ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2009
ISBN: 9780199546213
0199546215
Branch Call Number: FICTION FITZGERAL 2009
Characteristics: xxxviii, 251 p. ;,20 cm
Additional Contributors: Bryer, Jackson R.

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This is the debut Fitzgerald novel that secured his name in history and his marriage to Zelda.


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This book is worth the read as an early glimpse of the author, and his narrative. When I first went to college I pulled out a sheet of loose leaf, and mapped out eight perfect semesters. Life deviates in strange ways. Having illuminated his emergence F. Scott Fitzgerald spilled more of the beans than I suspect he would have cared to further on down the road based on my limited knowledge of his treatment of his emergence later in his career. Cliché as it sounds, this is also true: the odometer alone does not define the journey; the paths taken counts for much. He is spoken of, and his work recreated as cinema still to this day, but are the inheritors of his mentors dreams proud of the body of his work, and the criticisms? Much effort was expended staking this young man on his literary journey. In the first hundred pages he drops character examinations with his typical sly wit, and then he tortures himself. Then he walks out on thin ice, and survives. If you've ever been in the position to write something on any of the empty, or partially scribbled on leaves of paper that can confront us, and wondered what will happen to them, this is one of the better literary journey at a start books out there. If you haven't, it is still a good read, though you might not recognize the struggle.

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Amory Blaine grows from a indulged child to a mature adult, living through prep schools, Princeton, love affairs and World War I.

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