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This Side of Paradise (Illustrated)
     

This Side of Paradise (Illustrated)

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by F. Scott Fitzgerald, Charles River Editors
 

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*Illustrated with over a dozen pictures of the Fitzgeralds and their lives and work.
*Includes Table of Contents

The 1920s in the United States were known as the “Roaring Twenties” and the ultimate Jazz Age for the nation, a time that glorified hard and fast living. And nobody personified it or wrote so descriptively about it as F. Scott

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*Illustrated with over a dozen pictures of the Fitzgeralds and their lives and work.
*Includes Table of Contents

The 1920s in the United States were known as the “Roaring Twenties” and the ultimate Jazz Age for the nation, a time that glorified hard and fast living. And nobody personified it or wrote so descriptively about it as F. Scott Fitzgerald (1896-1940), whose name became synonymous with the times after penning the epic Great Gatsby.

Along with his dazzling wife Zelda, Fitzgerald was all too keen to play the role. When his writing made them celebrities, they were celebrated by the national press for being “young, seemingly wealthy, beautiful, and energetic.” While Scott used their relationship as material in his novels, Zelda wrote herself, and she also strove to become a ballerina.

The Fitzgerald barely outlasted the ‘20s. Their hard living left Fitzgerald, a notorious alcoholic, in poor health by the ‘30s. Financially broke, he would die of a massive heartattack in 1940, by which time Zelda had already suffered various mental illnesses. Zelda died in a freak fire in 1948, both Fitzgeralds having burned out almost as quickly as they had shined.

Interest in the Fitzgeralds, and particularly his writing, revived in the ‘50s and has been steady ever since, with Fitzgerald’s Great Gatsby and other stories like This Side of Paradise being read in classrooms across the United States. In addition to their extraordinary literary quality, they continue to represent the optimism of the Roaring Twenties.

In This Side of Paradise, Fitzgerald’s first novel, was inspired by his courtship of Zelda. The novel describes the romance of a young student who dabbles in literature and portrays how love is adversely affected by the greed of the post-World War I era. Fitzgerald had just been spurned by Zelda and hoped this novel would help him win her back, which it did.

This edition of Fitzgerald’s This Side of Paradise is specially formatted with a Table of Contents and is illustrated with over a dozen pictures of the Fitzgeralds, their lives, and works.

Product Details

BN ID:
2940013462984
Publisher:
Charles River Editors
Publication date:
11/30/2011
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Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
2 MB

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Meet the Author

Author of the widely lauded novel The Great Gatsby, as well as This Side of Paradise, The Beautiful and the Damned, and Tender is the Night, F. Scott Fitzgerald is best known for chronicling the excesses and tribulations of the Jazz Age. One of the leading authors of the post-World War I "Lost Generation," Fitzgerald often invokes themes of youth, beauty, and despair in his books and short stories. He was also known for his hard-partying lifestyle, as well as his marriage to the beautiful yet troubled Zelda Fitzgerald.

Brief Biography

Date of Birth:
September 24, 1896
Date of Death:
December 21, 1940
Place of Birth:
St. Paul, Minnesota
Education:
Princeton University

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This Side of Paradise 3.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 160 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
F. Scott Fitzgerald's "This Side of Paradise" was written in the typical excessive Fitzgerald style, with lots of confusing allusions and very lengthy, wordy descriptions. However, the satisfaction in reading this comes mostly in the voyeuristic, almost "E! True Hollywood Story"-like glimpse into the main character, Amory Blaine's life. The main character was probably the sole thing that kept me interested while reading this - the book made me want to know everything there was to know about Amory, and by the end, I did know everything about him and I wanted him to see the things in himself that I saw in him, thanks to the author's masterful description of him and his personality. I also found myself kind of desperate for Amory to be happy in a relationship for once - I could have sworn that Rosalind was going to work out, but typical of Fitzgerald, like in "The Great Gatsby", nothing happens like we want it to. My favorite part in this book was the entire Rosalind arc, from the mad, passionate love that he shared with her (that never really ammounted to anything by today's standards) to the point where she shot him down and he was crushed - this was probably the one point where I really emotionally connected with the character and felt just as miserable as he was when he lost his love. My least favorite part was in the middle of the story, where it felt like absolutely nothing was happening. I understand that this feeling is probably what Fitzgerald wanted the reader to feel, since this was the point where Amory was in the army for the war that none of the snobbish Princeton boys cared about, including Amory, but still - it felt very dry and boring, and I wanted to skip ahead where I felt sure something exciting was going to happen. Overall, this was a great book. The language is hard to follow at times and there are parts where it gets pretty boring, but all of this is overshadowed by the incredible insight we get into the psychology of the character, his development, and his ultimate dismaying self-realization.
Seghetto More than 1 year ago
This is Fitzgerald's first attempt at novel. Considering that this was written by a 23 year old it is amazing. The middle third or so of the book is written as play, where the main character Amory gets involved with a girl. The main character was very irritating. His time as Princeton was described in brilliant detail though. The plot seems disjointed, but somehow it makes sense. If you are a fan of Fitzgerald this book is highly recommended.
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Yet another masterpiece in the canon of the greatest writer in history.
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Most of the characters in this book are not likable at all, and sometimes I felt no need to finish the book. But not being able to put the it down, I found myself completely intreched in the story and I was really enjoying it. It follows a self-obsorbed boy named Amory from his childhood to his adulthood, and shows how he starts to think of others than himself. Although towards the end, I started to feel that the author wrote the book just to promote atheism and socialism.
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