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  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Dover Publications Inc.; New edition edition (2 Jan. 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0486289990
  • ISBN-13: 978-0486289991
  • Product Dimensions: 1.3 x 13.3 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)
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As nearly perfect as such a work could be . . . The glorious spirit of abounding youth glows throughout this fascinating tale. Amory, the romantic egotist, is essentially American. The New York Times
[A] bravura display of literary promise . . . Fitzgerald s prose is capable of soaring like a violin, and of moving his readers with understated husky notes as well as with notes of piercing purity . . . Fitzgerald knew that glamour was bound to fail, that there is an ineradicable human instinct for it which is utterly mistaken. from the Introduction by Craig Raine"

"As nearly perfect as such a work could be . . . The glorious spirit of abounding youth glows throughout this fascinating tale. Amory, the romantic egotist, is essentially American." -The New York Times
"[A] bravura display of literary promise . . . Fitzgerald's prose is capable of soaring like a violin, and of moving his readers with understated husky notes as well as with notes of piercing purity . . . Fitzgerald knew that glamour was bound to fail, that there is an ineradicable human instinct for it which is utterly mistaken." -from the Introduction by Craig Raine --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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Fitzgerald's classic coming-of-age tale set against the turbulence of the early 20th century. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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By LEX on 14 Mar. 2017
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I was mostly captivated by the vocabulary of the novel rather than its plot or characters. The plot felt flat and the characters were too shallow to get interested in. I liked it as a period piece but I would not recommend it.
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The book is great, as expected! However the kindle version of this is very poor (words joined together, strange spacing etc) which really distracts from the reading experience. But I guess I can't complain too much for the price!
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Reading some of these reviews has proven to be depressing - in the sense that everyone is focusing on the youthful 'flaws' of this novel. Perhaps it is not comparable in brilliance to Gatsby - but kids-Fitzgerald was a rarest of species-he was a literary genius and Gatsby was his masterpiece! 'This Side'...may have been his first attempt out but never the less a marvelous portrait of being young in the 20th Century. It's shameful that people constantly compare this story to Gatsby, his Sistine Chapel of novels. No, this is simply a terrific story - and it truly is. Amory Blaine is an exceedinlgy likeable protagonist(something all the 'young hip'writers of today seem to forget to have), his images are portraits and his prose are just beginning to blossom. Indeed, this a youthfully 'flawed' novel by a young genius - which still equals an excellent work of fiction. - Oh, and if one reads this book and does not like Amory Blaine, that someone either forgot what it was to be young - or simply doesn't want to be reminded. Ciao.
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To fall in love with Fitzgerald at first sight start with The Great Gatsby; to fall slowly by degrees start with The Beautiful and Damned, then Tender is the Night; and if you've false-started here with This Side of Paradise, then you may be wondering what all the fuss is about. The novel, written as it was when Fitzgerald "didn't know how to plan or write a novel" is not representative of his brilliance. 5 years later Fitzgerald himself bemoaned its literary borrowings, "faked references and intellectual reactions" whilst praising its "enormous emotion". It is difficult for readers today to touch much except the novel's emotional life but to 1920s America it was a book of its time, one of the first to tap into the Jazz Age's jugular and spill the blood of a generation "grown up to find all gods dead, all wars fought, all faiths in man shaken...."

Amory Blaine is our protagonist, young, handsome, male, convinced of his own potential for greatness and beset by the concomitant doubts of trying to realise this. It's this formula that we can all relate to (Princeton graduates and male readers in particular perhaps) of youth's vacillations between splendour and debacle; the freshness of first love; the negotiation of social status; the desperation to "be" someone.
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As a growing Fitzgerald fan, this is the last of his work I have got around to reading and although I wouldn't say I had left the best till last, I was far more impressed than I expected. This was a great book and I will definitely be reading it again and again throughout my life. I decided on this particular version after being impressed with the Dead Dodo Kindle release of The Beautiful and Damned, and again, I couldn't fault the formatting, menus, etc. I recommend.
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"This Side of Paradise" is Fitzgerald's first novel and is my all time favourite. It tells the story of a young man who has a lot of money, enough charm so as to have confidence in himself, the peace of mind of the wealthy, the aristocratic selfishness. Amory Blaine is a very impressive character and that is what I love about the book. Rarely have I read a book where the author succeeded in making so real a creature out of words. The main character really is alive in my mind. F. Scott Fitzgerald is a fine master, he knows well how people's imagination works, and somehow knows the way to make us imagine things perfectly and to have the feeling we live in times that passed and we never knew. I read the book and remained with the feeling I know the character Amory Blaine well and this familiarity made it my favourite book out of F. Scott Fitzgerald's work. It is not a pretty book to say so, or a nice great man this Amory, but the world he lives in is depicted so as to become very real. I really love Fitzgerald for one other thing: his writing is very sincere or at least gives that impression. The author doesn't hesitate to be ironical about himself and also leaves the impression he knows and understands the people and the American society after the first world war, because he is part of it and he is just like it.
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Fitzgerald's first novel, a young man's story, one may even say a Bildungsroman. I thoroughly enjoy this series of books, as it allows the reader to re-discover Fitzgerald in an accessible form, and is also well accompanied with stylish illustrations.
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