This Side Of Paradise
Amory Blaine is an accomplished, attractive Princeton student who aspires to greatness. Called to serve during the First World War, Amory returns after the war and settles in New York where he falls in love with Rosalind Connage, a beautiful debutante with aspirations of her own. At turns wildly optimistic and bitterly cynical, This Side of Paradise is the story of what happens to love when it becomes distorted by greed.
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Great read with beautiful text, but you have to take into consideration that the idea of a 'flapper girl' was fairly new at the time and appealed to the jazz age; not so much us. The book is almost like a auto biography of Fitzgerald's life from childhood to the point where he wrote it and is all about him finding himself and learning to not depend on things like social class, wealth, and women to determine his self worth; a lesson that still applies today. The only thing I found off about it was the rushed beginning, but that could be due to the fact that he was writing it during the war and Fitzgerald wasn't sure he (an infantry soldier) was going to live.