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This Side of Paradise

This Side of Paradise by F. Scott Fitzgerald
By: (1896-1940)

A romantic and witty novel that has weathered time to remain one of America’s classic pieces.

In the shadows of the great Gatsby is another brilliant novel by F. Scott Fitzgerald. This book is evidence to Fitzgerald’s literal genius because it was written by the author in his twenties to mirror his experiences at the time.

It paints a picture of what it was like to be a young man or woman in the 20th century and in the wake of the First World War. The book is set on a foundation of socialist principles. The protagonist is a young man in his twenties and his emotions and intellectual ideas are affected by the issues of social class. Fitzgerald’s style of writing is sharp, clever and funny. The book is episodic in structure and the plot is set into motion by Amory’s thoughts and ideas about his progression in his emotional and intellectual faculties.

The story narrates the chronicles of one Amory Blaine in his journey to self discovery, we see him develop from a young boy born with a silver spoon through to adulthood. It narrates his enrollment in the prestigious Princeton University and how he leaves the institution to pursue other things. He leaves campus to enlist in the army to fight for his country during the First World War. Upon his return, Amory goes through a series of difficulties, both financially and personally.

This Side of Paradise is a wonderful read for anyone regardless of age or social class. Readers will empathize with the characters in this book because nearly everyone has at one time in their lives felt as they did at one point in the novel. Once you start reading this book you can’t stop and you'll enjoy every minute you spend reading it. A romantic and witty novel that has weathered time to remain one of America’s classic pieces.

In the shadows of the great Gatsby is another brilliant novel by F. Scott Fitzgerald. This book is evidence to Fitzgerald’s literal genius because it was written by the author in his twenties to mirror his experiences at the time.

It paints a picture of what it was like to be a young man or woman in the 20th century and in the wake of the First World War. The book is set on a foundation of socialist principles. The protagonist is a young man in his twenties and his emotions and intellectual ideas are affected by the issues of social class. Fitzgerald’s style of writing is sharp, clever and funny. The book is episodic in structure and the plot is set into motion by Amory’s thoughts and ideas about his progression in his emotional and intellectual faculties.

The story narrates the chronicles of one Amory Blaine in his journey to self discovery, we see him develop from a young boy born with a silver spoon through to adulthood. It narrates his enrollment in the prestigious Princeton University and how he leaves the institution to pursue other things. He leaves campus to enlist in the army to fight for his country during the First World War. Upon his return, Amory goes through a series of difficulties, both financially and personally.

This Side of Paradise is a wonderful read for anyone regardless of age or social class. Readers will empathize with the characters in this book because nearly everyone has at one time in their lives felt as they did at one point in the novel. Once you start reading this book you can’t stop and you'll enjoy every minute you spend reading it.


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Reviews (Rated: 4 Stars - 6 reviews)

Reviewer: - October 22, 2014
I can't even understand session 13 , the narrators speech is unintelligible.
Reviewer: - April 2, 2014
Subject: compelling
More than impressive, semi auto-biographical, debut novel from F. Scott Fitzgerald, who apparently "found himself" in writing this work. This book spoke to me and my personal experiences. Well done, Mr. Fitzgerald.
Reviewer: - December 2, 2013
It is incredibly distracting how the various narrators change the pronunciation of the main characters name.
Reviewer: - February 26, 2013
Subject: Excellent but I prefer to read the book....
Although the narrator is wonderful, this book is so well written that I would prefer to sit down and savor the book because listening to it, it just goes by too fast and it's too easy to miss all the wonderful details and nuances in Fitzgerald's brilliant writing. I may continue listening, but I really think Fitzgerald's work is best read with 100% focus and no distractions. I think the audiobook format is best with more current simplistic novels or self help books, not classic literature (unless one is blind, then this would be especially helpful...)
Reviewer: - February 26, 2013
Subject: Excellent but I prefer to read the book....
Although the narrator is wonderful, this book is so well written that I would prefer to sit down and savor the book because listening to it, it just goes by too fast ańd it's too easy to miss all the wonderful details and nuances in Fitzgerald's brilliant writing. I may continue listening, but I really think Fitzgerald's work is best read with 100% focus and no distractions. I think the audiobook format is best with more current simplistic novels or self help books, not classic literature (unless one is blind, then this would be especially helpful...)
Reviewer: - February 8, 2013
I thought that the story was uninteresting overall


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