This Side of Paradise by Francis Scott Fitzgerald

This Side of Paradise

byFrancis Scott Fitzgerald

Kobo ebook | November 27, 2011

about thank you for your continued support and wish to present you this new edition. AMORY BLAINE inherited from his mother every trait, except the stray inexpressible few, that made him worth while. His father, an ineffectual, inarticulate man with a taste for Byron and a habit of drowsing over the Encyclopedia Britannica, grew wealthy at thirty through the death of two elder brothers, successful Chicago brokers, and in the first flush of feeling that the world was his, went to Bar Harbor and met Beatrice O'Hara. In consequence, Stephen Blaine handed down to posterity his height of just under six feet and his tendency to waver at crucial moments, these two abstractions appearing in his son Amory. For many years he hovered in the background of his family's life, an unassertive figure with a face half-obliterated by lifeless, silky hair, continually occupied in taking care of his wife, continually harassed by the idea that he didn't and couldn't understand her. But Beatrice Blaine! There was a woman! Early pictures taken on her father's estate at Lake Geneva, Wisconsin, or in Rome at the Sacred Heart Conventan educational extravagance that in her youth was only for the daughters of the exceptionally wealthy showed the exquisite delicacy of her features, the consummate art and simplicity of her clothes
Title:This Side of ParadiseFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:November 27, 2011Language:English

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Loved it I enjoyed this version of this side of paradise! A refreshing new look at the tragedies of life and heartbreaks that everyone goes through. Fitzgerald will always have a way with words.
Date published: 2017-11-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Delightful An excellent read, and especially resonant if you happen to read it while in university. It is not F. Scott's most polished work, but that's the point, and it's part of what makes this my most favourite work of his.
Date published: 2017-05-16
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Lessons Learned The story of a young man from childhood to his days at Princeton and the lessons in life that he learned. Contains different different writing styles prose, poetry, play structure, poems. The lead character is not very like able. Takes a bit of time to get used to how the book was written. :
Date published: 2017-04-02
Rated 2 out of 5 by from couldn't get through it I honestly couldn't get past how arrogant Amory was; plot didn't hold my attention; writing isn't up to par with Gatsby. Never ended up finishing it, so I'm unsure if it gets better the further in you get.
Date published: 2017-01-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fun This is a fun story of college hi-jinks told with Fitzgerald's trademark lyrical and energetic prose. Not as great as Gatsby, but what is?
Date published: 2016-11-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A New Generation Would it be wrong to compare F Scott Fitzgerald to Evelyn Waugh? Christopher Hitchens, in his brilliant essay, The Road to West Egg, wrote: “In its evocation, ‘The Great Gatsby’ is the American ‘Brideshead Revisited.’ Or perhaps one should say that Brideshead, produced two decades later, is the English Gatsby. In both novels young people are caught in a backwash of postwar blues and anomie, and everybody drinks too much. In both novels, too, the old order is visibly deteriorating, and an insecure yet grand mansion is a centerpiece. The dreaming spires of Oxford play a strange, background role in each, but the fictional foreground is filled with jazz and flappers and infidelity and brittle, amoral talk. Rex Mottram, Julia Flyte’s crude lover in Brideshead, is a newly rich and self-invented man from a shabby background, vulgar and ostentatious in his hospitality, suspected of crime and violence, and full of status anxiety. (I can’t find any evidence that Waugh ever read Gatsby, and he affected to disdain American writers, but still … )” I suppose one can say the same about the two brilliant authors of the Jazz Age. Both were, or so it seems, tired of the old world; both, like the rest of their generation, wanted something fresh. Fitzgerald and Waugh also had an element of sardonicism and pathos in their novels. ‘Brideshead Revisited,’ of course, is infinitely more luscious and longer than ‘The Great Gatsby.’ ‘This Side of Paradise’ was Fitzgerald’s first novel; after being rejected repeatedly and vigorously altering his work, he finally seduced the recalcitrant publishers to publish the work. It was an instant success. As a University Student, as I was reading this classic, I could not but compare myself to the protagonist, Anthony Blaine. I suppose, to be candid, we all are narcissists at this stage of our life; our personality and utterances dripping with dazzling egoism. Don’t we all think that we are going to be great philosophers or poets of the future? Anthony Blaine is such a character. The Great War, like his entire generation, metamorphosed him into someone entirely different. As his mentor writes to him in a letter, “This is the end of one thing: for better or for worse you will never again be quite the Amory Blaine I knew, never again will be meet as we have met, because your generation is growing hard, much harder than mine ever grew…” The ghastly G-World comes over and over again, not only in this novel but also in Fitzgerald’s other works (or Waugh’s, for that matter). As he succulently shimmers the following words at the end of this glittering novel: “Here was a new generation, shouting the old cries, learning the old creeds, through a revery of long days and nights; destined finally to go out into that dirty gray turmoil to follow love and pride; a new generation dedicated more than the last to the fear of poverty and the worship of success; grown up to find all Gods dead, all wars fought, all faiths in the man shaken…” ‘This Side of Paradise’ is a novel that our narcissistic generation must read, and learn, and contemplate the future, but hopefully, our egoistic dreams shall never cease. After all, this is all we have got.
Date published: 2012-08-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Deserving Classic This is the first F. Scott Fitzgerald novel I have had the fortune of reading and I have a new favorite author as a result. Fitzgerald writes beautifully, eloquently and with great description. The story concerns the life and times of the romantic egoist Amory Blaine. It recounts the struggles of youth, the glory of self-absorbtion and centers on the confusion that the transition into adulthood often entails. Fitzgerald's narrative is exquisite. As an Everyman's Library edition, the book is put together fanastically with a cloth cover, silk page marker, and general attention to detail that is inherent to the Random House series.
Date published: 2001-06-05