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This Side of Paradise (Penguin Hardback Classics) [Hardcover]

F. Scott Fitzgerald
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4 Nov 2010 Penguin Hardback Classics

These sumptuous new hardback editions mark the 70th anniversary of Fitzgerald's death.

Increasingly disillusioned by the rejection slips that studded the walls of his room and his on/off engagement to Zelda Sayre, Fitzgerald began his third revision of the novel that was to become This Side of Paradise.

The story of a young man's painful sexual and intellectual awakening that echoes Fitzgerald's own career, it is also a portrait of the lost generation that followed straight on from the First World War, 'grown up to find all Gods dead, all wars fought, all faiths in man shaken' and wanting money and success more than anything else.


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  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Classics; Reissue edition (4 Nov 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 014119409X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0141194097
  • Product Dimensions: 20.4 x 13.7 x 3.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 181,740 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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F. Scott Fitzgerald was born in 1896 in St Paul, Minnesota, and went to Princeton University which he left in 1917 to join the army. Fitzgerald was said to have epitomised the Jazz Age, an age inhabited by a generation he defined as 'grown up to find all Gods dead, all wars fought, all faiths in man shaken'.

In 1920 he married Zelda Sayre. Their destructive relationship and her subsequent mental breakdowns became a major influence on his writing. Among his publications were five novels, This Side of Paradise, The Great Gatsby, The Beautiful and Damned, Tender is the Night and The Love of the Last Tycoon (his last and unfinished work): six volumes of short stories and The Crack-Up, a selection of autobiographical pieces.

Fitzgerald died suddenly in 1940. After his death The New York Times said of him that 'He was better than he knew, for in fact and in the literary sense he invented a "generation" ... he might have interpreted them and even guided them, as in their middle years they saw a different and nobler freedom threatened with destruction.'


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F. Scott Fizgerald was born in 1896 in St Paul, Minnesota, and went to Princeton University, which he left in 1917 to join the army. He was said to have epitomized the Jazz Age, which he himself defined as 'a generation grown up to find all Gods dead, all wars fought, all faiths in man shaken'. In 1920 he married Zelda Sayre. Their traumatic marriage and her subsequent breakdowns became the leading influence on his writing. Among his publications were five novels, This Side of Paradise, The Great Gatsby, The Beautiful and Damned, Tender is the Night and The Last Tycoon (his last and unfinished work). Fitzgerald died suddenly in 1940.

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5.0 out of 5 stars 2 thumbs up Amazon! 16 Jan 2011
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I ordered the limited edition Fitzgerald collection from Amazon. After a mis-delivery by TNT, Amazon replaced the order without question and I had delivery within a couple of days. I was really grateful that the customer service was so friendly and efficient. 2 thumbs up Amazon! The collection of books themselves are beautiful. I love the Art deco styling and the high quality print. They make a proud addition to my book shelf! :-)
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3.0 out of 5 stars A story of crippled souls 13 Jun 2013
By Kurt A. Johnson - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Amory Blaine was born to an eccentric mother and a cold and distant father. This is the story of his life, but more than that it is the story of his search for love, and his search for meaning - both ultimately disappointingly unsuccessful.

I gather that this book, the first one that F. Scott Fitzgerald published, was wildly successful when it was first published, in 1920. It really spoke to the Lost Generation. Well, reading it now some 90 years later, it does not have the same impact - nor could it.

As a window on the Lost Generation, or at least on their tastes, it is quite interesting. As I read the book, I could not help but reflect on a thinker I knew many years ago who spoke of people who loved themselves best, but were forever on a fruitless search to find someone who would love them more. All of the characters in This Side of Paradise have that same problem - a deep and overwhelming love for themselves which makes them unable to give unconditionally of themselves.

I suppose that is why I did not find myself enjoying this book at any point - there is nothing uplifting here. The crippled souls of the characters only inspired pity in me, as I watched what I knew to be their fruitless search for love and meaning.

So, if you are interested in the Lost Generation and the 1920s, then you will probably enjoy this book. If you are looking for a work of literature that will feed your soul and send you forward, then you will probably not enjoy this book...as indeed, I did not.
2.0 out of 5 stars dang it. 29 April 2014
By Andreelynn Enloe - Published on Amazon.com
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It was the book I needed, but a different version. It wasn't like the picture at all. It was a hard back (like I wanted) but it was blue and seemed to be an older copy. It didn't have the stripes and such like I was looking for.
5.0 out of 5 stars Judge the book by the cover! 2 Dec 2013
By alicia - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
My favorite F. Scott Fitzgerald book made pretty! I hardly want to reread this version because it looks so good on my bookshelf. Makes a great gift or addition to the Penguin Hardback Classics collection.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great cover 26 Oct 2013
By Alex H. - Published on Amazon.com
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The cover is so classy, if you are into nice looking (and feeling books) this one is really special.

If you are the type of person who doesn't really care much for this, you might be better saving some money and just downloading it on Gutenberg.
5.0 out of 5 stars So pretty! 18 July 2013
By Brooke - Published on Amazon.com
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I love this series and this cover in particular is my favorite. The silver chevron printed cover is simply gorgeous and these books look amazing on my shelves.
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