This Side of Paradise

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Penguin, Nov 7, 2006 - Fiction - 288 pages
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First published in 1920, This Side of Paradise marks the beginning of the career of one of the greatest writers of the first half of the twentieth century. In this remarkable achievement, F. Scott Fitzgerald displays his unparalleled wit and keen social insight in his portrayal of college life through the struggles and doubts of Amory Blaine, a self-proclaimed genius with a love of knowledge and a penchant for the romantic. As Amory journeys into adulthood and leaves the aristocratic egotism of his youth behind, he becomes painfully aware of his lost innocence and the new sense of responsibility and regret that has taken its place.
Clever and wonderfully written, This Side of Paradise is a fascinating novel about the changes of the Jazz Age and their effects on the individual. It is a complex portrait of a versatile mind in a restless generation that reveals rich ideas crucial to an understanding of the 1920s and timeless truths about the human need for--and fear of--change.
"A very enlivening book indeed, a book really brilliant and glamorous, making as agreeable reading as could be asked . . . There are clever things, keen and searching things, amusingly young and mistaken things, beautiful things and pretty things . . . and truly inspired and elevated things, an astonishing abundance of each, in THIS SIDE OF PARADISE. You could call it the youthful Byronism that is normal in a man of the author's type, working out through a well-furnished intellect of unusual critical force."
--The Evening Post, 1920
"An astonishing and refreshing book . . . Mr. Fitzgerald has recorded with a good deal of felicity and a disarming frankness the adventures and developments of a curious and fortunate American youth. . . . [It is] delightful and encouraging to find a novel which gives us in the accurate terms of intellectual honesty a reflection of American undergraduate life. At last the revelation has come. We have the constant young American occupation--the 'petting party'--frankly and humorously in our literature."
--The New Republic, 1920
 

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User Review  - David Fleming - Goodreads

So how is it that this novel, despite it's shortcomings, was still able to be successful? Ask any New York agent to represent your literary novel with a male protagonist and he'll tell you: “Literary ... Read full review

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User Review  - Jonfaith - Goodreads

The circumstances of the novel have blurred over the years. It is certain that I finished the book at a White Castle, perhaps avoiding aspects of my life which had veered problematic. I recall ... Read full review

Contents

SNAPSHOTS OF THE YOUNG EGOTIST
CODE OF THE YOUNG EGOTIST
PREPARATORY TO THE GREAT ADVENTURE
THE EGOTIST DOWN
INCIDENT OF THE WELLMEANING PROFESSOR
INCIDENT OF THE WONDERFUL GIRL
HEROIC IN GENERAL TONE
A DAMP SYMBOLIC INTERLUDE
AMORY IS RESENTFUL
THE END OF MANY THINGS
KISMET
BITTER SWEET
AQUATIC INCIDENT
FIVE WEEKS LATER
STILL ALCOHOLIC
AMORY ON THE LABOR QUESTION

HISTORICAL
PETTING
DESCRIPTIVE
BABES IN THE WOODS
CARNIVAL
UNDER THE ARCLIGHT
CRESCENDO
THE SUPERMAN GROWS CARELESS
AFTERMATH
FINANCIAL
FIRST APPEARANCE OF THE TERM PERSONAGE
THE DEVIL
IN THE ALLEY
AT THE WINDOW
AMORY WRITES A POEM
STILL CALM
CLARA
A LITTLE LULL
TEMPERATURE NORMAL
RESTLESSNESS
TOM THE CENSOR
LOOKING BACKWARD
SEPTEMBER
THE END OF SUMMER
A POEM THAT ELEANOR SENT AMORY SEVERAL YEARS LATER
IN THE DROOPING HOURS
STILL WEEDING
MONSIGNOR
AMORY COINS A PHRASE
GOING FASTER
THE LITTLE MAN GETS HIS
BIOGRAPHY AND CRITICISM
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