This Side of Paradise

This Side of Paradise This Side Of Paradise, By F Scott Fitzgerald, Is Part Of The Barnes Noble Classicsseries, Which Offers Quality Editions At Affordable Prices To The Student And The General Reader, Including New Scholarship, Thoughtful Design, And Pages Of Carefully Crafted Extras Here Are Some Of The Remarkable Features Of Barnes Noble Classics New Introductions Commissioned From Today S Top Writers And ScholarsBiographies Of The AuthorsChronologies Of Contemporary Historical, Biographical, And Cultural EventsFootnotes And EndnotesSelective Discussions Of Imitations, Parodies, Poems, Books, Plays, Paintings, Operas, Statuary, And Films Inspired By The WorkComments By Other Famous AuthorsStudy Questions To Challenge The Reader S Viewpoints And ExpectationsBibliographies For Further ReadingIndices Glossaries, When AppropriateAll Editions Are Beautifully Designed And Are Printed To Superior Specifications Some Include Illustrations Of Historical Interest Barnes Noble Classics Pulls Together A Constellation Of Influences Biographical, Historical, And Literary To Enrich Each Reader S Understanding Of These Enduring Works If The Roaring Twenties Are Remembered As The Era Of Flaming Youth, It Was F Scott Fitzgerald Who Lit The Fire His Semi Autobiographical First Novel, This Side Of Paradise, Became An Instant Best Seller And Established An Image Of Seemingly Carefree, Party Mad Young Men And Women Out To Create A New Morality For A New, Post War America It Traces The Early Life Of Amory Blaine From The End Of Prep School Through Princeton To The Start Of An Uncertain Career In New York CityAlternately Self Confident And Self Effacing, Torn Between Ambition And Idleness, The Self Absorbed, Immature Amory Yearns To Run With Princeton S Rich, Fast Crowd And Become One Of The Gods Of The Campus Hopelessly Romantic, He Learns About Love And Sex From A Series Of Beautiful Young Flappers, Women Who Leave Him Both Exhilarated And Devastated Fitzgerald Describes It All In Intensely Lyrical Prose That Fills The Novel With A Heartbreaking Sense Of Longing, As Amory Comes To Understand That The Sweet Scented Springtime Of His Life Is Fragile And Fleeting, Disappearing Into Memory Even As He Reaches For It Sharon G Carson Is Professor Emerita In The English Department At Kent State University, Where She Has Taught For Thirty Five Years She Is The Author Of Numerous Articles And Essays On Modern And Contemporary Fiction

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  • Paperback
  • 268 pages
  • This Side of Paradise
  • F. Scott Fitzgerald
  • English
  • 03 December 2019
  • 9781593082437

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  1. says:

    I ve always thought that English teachers need to take a lesson from drug dealers hook kids while they re young with good product In this analogy, F Scott Fitzgerald s The Great Gatsby is pure, high grade cocaine, given away at the nearest street corner It is an acknowledged classic, always in the running for the Great American Novel It is accessible, with prose that is simple yet beautiful The story is straightforward and relatable and as reductive as a boy trying to impress and win over a girl And it runs deep with themes and symbols, so that any reader paying the least bit of attention will do fine on that school essay Also, it s worth noting, it is fun to read As a child, I had a great love for reading My favorite place was the library Then a succession of English teachers mainly in high school took that love of reading and drowned it in the tub It s not really their fault, I suppose They probably weren t the ones making the decision to cram Great Expectations down the throat of a fourteen or fifteen year old who is too busy thinking about cheerleaders and a driver s license to give a sprawling Victorian novel the time of day It doesn t matter When you have to read something with a figurative gun to your head, when you have to read on deadline, when you have to read artificially, coming to conclusions that others have foreordained, the thing you love quickly becomes the thing you dread But The Great Gatsby I liked Only after law school, with no reading assignments cluttering my life, have I returned to the classics I reread what I bluffed my way through, or skimmed, or ignored completely Despite my earlier affinity for Fitzgerald, however, it has taken me years to get around to reading another one of his books But finally, I got around to This Side of Paradise, a weird, frustrating, funny minor masterpiece, and Fitzgerald s first novel This Side of Paradise tells the story of Amory Blaine, a young boy who comes from a family with money and a good name The story begins with him in preparatory school, follows him to Princeton, and eventually ends with Amory adrift he still has the family name, but the money is mostly gone In the meantime, Amory falls in and out of love, stays out of World War I combat, and carries on a series of dialogues both internal and external that probably encapsulates the generation, at least for a narrow cohort of white, privileged, upper class ivy leaguers.Fitzgerald s novel is semiautobiographical, weaving events and locations St Paul, Minnesota Princeton a lousy, heart breaking breakup into his fictionalized world If Amory is meant to be a stand in for Fitzgerald, it is a relatively scathing self portrait Amory is a mostly unlikeable protagonist self absorbed, overly confident, thin skinned, aimless and lazy The novel is divided into three parts The first book, titled with aching self consciousness The Romantic Egotist covers Amory s matriculation It is written in the third person limited, from Amory s point of view Most of the time is spent at Princeton, where Amory is convinced that he has a bright future and equally convinced that he shouldn t have to work for it The first book was hard to get through Amory is a striking exhibit of undeserved privilege He is fickle and prickly and generally unpleasant to spend time with The peripheral characters, including Monsignor Darcy, with whom he exchanges letters, and Thomas Park D Invilliers, a student and would be poet, are thinly drawn at best The fictional D Invilliers gave The Great Gatsby its famous epigraph Then wear the gold hat, if that will move her Certainly, none of Fitzgerald s creations leave the impression of Tom Buchanan s cruel body, clad in effeminate riding clothes Between Book I and II there is a section titled Interlude This portion of the novel briskly covers Amory s service in World War I, where Amory serves as an instructor No further information is given regarding his military stint and it s worth noting that Fitzgerald himself never went overseas The second book, titled The Education of a Personage, begins with a chapter written as a play, with stage directions and dialogue No reason is given for this temporary shift in narrative style, but it works The chapter covers Amory s courtship and love affair with a debutante named Rosalind standing in for Zelda Sayre The ebb and flow of this relationship, delineated by conversation, comes close to making Amory into a relatable, half sympathetic human being.For much of this book, the reader is held captive to Amory s pompous proclamations His long monologues can get a bit frustrating Every once in awhile, though, Fitzgerald will slip in a little grace note Near the end of the novel, for example, Amory is shuffling down the road when a man in a limo offers him a ride Amory then subjects the man to a tiresome disquisition on his economic theories As the ride ends, it turns out that Amory went to Princeton with the man s son, who is now dead I sent my son to Princeton Perhaps you knew him His name was Jesse Ferrenby He was killed last year in France I knew him very well In fact, he was one of my particular friends He was a quite a fine boy We were very close Amory began to perceive a resemblance between the father and the dead son and he told himself that there had been all along a sense of familiarity Jesse Ferrenby, the man who in college had borne off the crown that he had aspired to It was all so far away What little boys they had been, working for blue ribbons The big man held out his hand Amory saw that the fact that he had known Jesse than outweighed any disfavor he had created by his opinions What ghosts were people with which to work Mostly, though, Amory is detestable For instance I detest poor people, thought Amory suddenly I hate them for being poor Poverty may have been beautiful once, but it s rotten now It s the ugliest thing in the world It s essentially cleaner to be corrupt and rich than it is to be innocent and poor It is clear that This Side of Paradise is a first book by an extremely talented author At times, Fitzgerald seems to be toying with the form of a novel, evidenced by the transition from third person narrative to a play, and his inclusion of letters, poetry and verse Of course, Fitzgerald might simply have been stitching things together, since This Side of Paradise began life as a different, unpublished work Despite being less than three hundred pages long, it feels meandering and baggy and choppily episodic There were portions where my eyes just glazed over But just as often, I was transported by Fitzgerald s lyrical, beautiful prose I am in awe at how well he can describe a place At first Amory noticed only the wealth of sunshine creeping across the long, green swards, dancing on the leaded windowpanes, and swimming around the topes of the spires and towers and battlemented walls This Side of Paradise has been deemed a classic and will remain a classic Overall, I had a positive reaction, though due to its anecdotal nature, I enjoyed the parts than the whole Ultimately, my sense is that this is a minor work by a man who later authored major works The Roaring Twenties live on in American imagination, and F Scott Fitzgerald s books fuel that flame In retrospect, This Side of Paradise has been credited with establishing the image of seemingly carefree, party mad young men and women out to create a new morality for a new, postwar America That s a lot of baggage to heap on a novel with such thin shoulders This Side of Paradise really tells the story of only a thin tranche of America s population Those who were moneyed Those who were white Those who were living fast and high during Coolidge s laissez faire administration, rushing towards their economic doom Lost or rather, ignored, completely is any hint of a world beyond the elite There are no minorities There are no wage earners There is no indication that anyone from this time period got through life without an emotionally jarring relationship with a flapper This is all a way of saying that I know exactly what this book has come to mean And I do not doubt the effect it had at the time of its publication Because of the confluence of author, setting, and historical moment, This Side of Paradise will live forever But I ll be honest I m going to start forgetting this book real soon.

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    Entitlement courses through every word and hemorrhages forth with a youthful flair for dramatics That a momentary blemish can nearly bring a girl to tears of despair, that looking into the very face of death wrangles only a moment s serious reflection before thoughts are turned back to the senior prom these scenes seem too fantastical to believe And yet, I am angered by them I loath these characters nonchalance about life and lives If they were not authored into existence with such undeniable skill, I would not have wanted to charge into this book and wring their necks This Side of Paradise is a triumph of decadence unveiled.

  3. says:

    This side of paradise, F Scott Fitzgerald 1896 1940 This Side of Paradise is the debut novel by F Scott Fitzgerald It was published in 1920 Taking its title from a line of Rupert Brooke s poem Tiare Tahiti, the book examines the lives and morality of post World War I youth Its protagonist, Amory Blaine, is an attractive Princeton University student who dabbles in literature The novel explores the theme of love warped by greed and status seeking 2011 1389 376 101 86 9789643118976 20 .

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    An Apprentice Work, With Flashes Of Genius This Side Of Paradise was Fitzgerald s first novel, the one that made him, at age 23, a literary star, the unofficial chronicler of the flapper era It was such a success that his ex girlfriend, Zelda Sayre, agreed to marry him And we know how that turned out Autobiographical protagonist Amory Blaine is insufferably narcissistic and egotistical Fitzgerald was clearly aware of this, and there s than a bit of satire to his portrait of the vain golden boy he titled an earlier version The Romantic Egotist Structurally, the book is all over the place, a collection of vignettes, impressions, poems there s even something resembling a one act play near the end WWI is oddly glossed over in an interlude.It s a coming of age novel with an experimental feel at one point Fitzgerald refers to Joyce s A Portrait Of The Artist As A Young Man, and you can sense its influence, especially in the second half The book covers Amory s comfortable midwest childhood, his Princeton years and the restless post war Jazz Age generation Throughout there s the search for all those things you rhapsodize about when you re very young love, beauty, spirituality, fulfillment The narrator occasionally drones on, telling us stuff, like some pedantic teaching assistant outlining a course But while the book is clearly, at times painfully, an apprentice work, it shows a ton of potential you can see why legendary editor Maxwell Perkins agreed to publish it, despite the protests of his less enthusiastic colleagues at Scribner s.The book has an undeniable vitality, a spark of originality and the occasional flash of genius You feel that Fitzgerald is attempting to capture his generation, one unshackling itself from pre war s What it needs is a Nick Carraway figure, an outsider among the privileged to comment on the action Amory is living in the eye of his own dramatic hurricane, and it s hard to get a balanced point of view.What s eerie, though, is how many prescient passages there are Like this one Amory, you re young I m young People excuse us now for our poses and vanities, for treating people like Sancho and yet getting away with it They excuse us now But you ve got a lot of knocks coming to you Indeed he does.Also included is one post breakup bender that foreshadows the author s later alcoholism An elegiac feeling suffuses the book, especially near the end When Amory revisits Princeton after the war, full of early disillusion, Fitzgerald gives us this stunning passage Long after midnight the towers and spires of Princeton were visible, with here and there a late burning light and suddenly out of the clear darkness the sound of bells As an endless dream it went on the spirit of the past brooding over a new generation, the chosen youth from the muddled, unchastened world, still fed romantically on the mistakes and half forgotten dreams of dead statesmen and poets Here was a new generation, shouting the old cries, learning the old creeds, through a reverie of long days and nights, destined finally to go out into the dirty grey turmoil to follow love and pride a new generation dedicated than the last to the fear of poverty and the worship of success grown up to find all God s dead, all wars fought, all faiths in man shaken Fitzgerald s obvious lyrical gift is on display, but there s also a knowledge of the currents and rhythms of life that, even at so young an age, he intuitively grasped.In short there s real artistry.

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    The Great Gatsby is colossal It s one of those books from your high school reading list that you probably still like I do I love Gatsby When I saw the Baz Luhrman movie was coming out I remembered that I once promised myself I would read all of F Scott Fitzgerald s novels This Side of Paradise is his first novel, published in 1920.It s not a good book, but it s a sincere book It s an everything and the kitchen sink book You can tell young F Scott Fitzgerald put EVERYTHING HE HAD into this book His life, his loves, his poetry, every idea, every experience he crammed it all in here and called it a novel A lot of it doesn t fit together Not all of it is interesting Some of it is truly puzzling The saving grace is that behind it all there s this exuberance and passion that keeps you turning the pages.There s not much plot to speak of At first you re reading a bildungsroman, the story of a young american, Amory Blaine, coming of age at Princeton University Then the story seems to focus on his love life and becomes very episodic, with touches that show you this is a very autobiographical book The last third of the book getsexperimental Part of it is written as a one act play One brief section is stream of consciousness the introduction says Fitzgerald was inspired by Portrait of an Artist as a Young Man Then there are the poems Loads and loads of poems Some of them are just sort of hanging there in the middle of the chapter, without a lot of context as to what they re doing there Oh, and there are reading lists of the hip authors Amory and his friends are reading at Princeton Huge swaths of the novel are just discussions between Amory and his classmates about literature So, yeah, all the freshman mistakes are here I can tell F Scott Fitzgerald is a first time novelist here because he makes the mistake new comedians make They do stand up comedy ABOUT stand up comedy Here, Fitzgerald is writing about writing before he knows how to write He s still brilliant than you or I will ever be Each section, by itself, is obviously the work of a very precocious young genius in the offing They don t make a novel when you glue them all together, but taken a piece at a time there s a lot of fascinating stuff here I particularly liked the section where Amory Blaine meets the devil And some of the Princeton bits reminded me so much of my own college experience, how your mind develops and your ideas change during that time.But what I take away is how ON FIRE Fitzgerald was to write, to get it all down, to get it all out there That excitement is there in every line That s the lesson of the book and it s a good one.Oh, and I also take away that Amory Blaine is a terrible name for a character.

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    This was Fitzgerald s first novel, published when he was 23 So it s a coming of age novel and semi autobiographical Our main character, Amory, is presented to us as a not very likeable egotistical young god he wondered how people could fail to notice he was a boy marked for glory He s so remarkable looking that a middle aged woman turns around in the theater to tell him so He s the football quarterback but hey, who cares, he gives that up We are told older boys usually detested him He s a big hit with the girls but he s disgusted by his first kiss There s a lot of chasing of girls, drinking, partying, driving fast cars and a tragedy The blurbs tell us that some young women used the book as a manual for how to be a jazz age flapper this in 1920 We even get a bit of goth when we are told that with one girl evil crept close to him The book is dense with themes, the main one being wealthy young men in an ivy league environment Princeton, where Fitzgerald went So there s a lot about college life and the competition among young men, endless hours over coffee BS ing about philosophy and their rushing to get into the right clubs There are a lot of excerpts of poetry he was reading and writing and one sentence judgements about the classics in those days they had to read And a bit about writing I get distracted when I start to write stories get afraid I m doing it instead of living Hanging over all these young men is not just the usual what am I going to do with my life but first, waiting to survive being drafted into World War I Our main character is conscious of the changing of the generations and their different values The Victorians are dying out and the WWI generation is in They are playing with socialism He s prescient when he tells us Modern life changes no longer century by century, but year by year, ten times faster than it ever has before It sounds as if he s talking about the age of the internet.By the end of the book he is world weary, rejected by a woman, fighting a bout of alcoholism Disillusioned, he turns against books, women and faith At one point Amory tells us I detest poor people because he saw only coarseness, physical filth, and stupidity Was he a Democrat or a Republican LOL He has no family left He is amazing blas in how he shrugs off the deaths of first his father, then his mother, and finally a monsignor who was a mentor and confidant Almost noir but a good book You can see Fitzgerald s emerging genius Coincidentally I happened to be reading A Separate Peace by John Knowles, while reading Paradise I m amazed at the similarities Rich young men coming of age a prep school instead of university while a war goes on WW II instead of WW I and the draft hanging over them.

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    So how is it that this novel, despite it s shortcomings, was still able to be successful Ask any New York agent to represent your literary novel with a male protagonist and he ll tell you Literary novel s with a male protagonist are hard sells And they are Think about it How many literary novels with male protagonists have you enjoyed in the last, say, five years Probably zero The key to the success of This Side of Paradise is in Fitzgerald s mastery of the Male Protagonist in a Literary Novel Problem But why should this even be a problem at all It s my belief that males generally don t relate to one and other They dominate each other The question of do you respect a full grown man really comes down to is he dominate in some way In a literary novel, a male protagonist is essentially going after the status quo He s saying that the society in which you live needs to change We re not apt to give credence to a full grown male who thinks things should change and yet is not in a powerful situation We ll assume it s sour grapes So, in a literary novel, a male lead must be powerful enough to have an unbiased view of the problem he sees with society The difficulty is that powerful, dominant men generally don t tend to be sensitive and open minded enough to appreciate a societal problem What s needed in a literary male protagonist is a delicate balance of sensitivity and strength that we don t normally see in the real world Many a would be author will pen a male protagonist who just isn t strong enough for us to feel sympathy for him And striking this balance, or countermining this principle, has been the secret struggle of many a literary author Shakespeare s Hamlet was a whinny, emotional punk but he was the king of Denmark T.S Garp was a famous author most all of Hemingway s male leads were war veterans or soldiers or, in the case of The Old Man and the Sea, handicapped with age Other ways to get around the unsympathetic male protagonist is with youth, ie, Lord of the Flies, Catcher in the Rye and Huckleberry Finn, or insanity, see Hamlet, yet again , Lolita, Moby Dick Captain Ahab and Slaughter House Five The average, weak and sensitive male is to be avoided at all costs by the would be author of literary fiction History shows us that it is only kind to those that follow this principle and This Side of Paradise is no exception Where Fitzgerald succeeds is with his execution of what I ll call the Snob Narrator something that he wasted no time in establishing in The Great Gatsby Armory Blaine is sensitive and weak in many ways for example his vanity but since he is a Princeton student and literary scholar, we know he also has dominance It s this balance of sensitivity and strength much like Shakespeare s Hamlet that convince us through the 268 pages of this novel until the very end that Armory Blaine might have the solution to what is wrong with society SPOILER ALERT He didn t Fun read though And very inventive.

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    after reading Meh Meh, meh, meh See, this is the problem with re reading books that shine so bright in your memory sometimes they just don t live up I mean, there s really no reason I shouldn t have loved this book It s filled with philosophical musings and snappy, flirty dialogue it s pleasantly disjointed, very slice of life y it s definitely full of verve and probably powerful ideas but I just couldn t get into it I was in fact very impatient throughout I found Amory Blaine to be a bit of a narcissistic bore, all the female characters thoroughly self obsessed and false, and most of the other characters either inconsistent, un memorable, or not believable I nearly always feel guilty about not liking a book In this case my guilt is compounded by the fact that someone who once meant a great deal to me loved the shit out of Fitzgerald, and this book in particular in fact, it s his copy, full of his underlinings and nearly destroyed due to the number of times it s been caught in in rainstorms, that I still have But Nick, I m sorry F Scott, I m sorry I just don t love this like I used to.

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    DNFing this one Maybe it s because I m not in the mood, or maybe it s just slow and not my jam in general Either way, just thinking about picking this book up was not inspiring me to read so I m done.

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    Of all the writing by writers in their early 20s I ve read and written , this book is down the street and around the corner from most I wish I d read about the Romantic Egotist before I wrote a book called Incidents of Egotourism in the Temporary World that also takes place in the Princeton area I loved when Amory Blaine biked at night with a friend from P ton to my hometown Fitzgerald writes sharp, swervy, gorgeous, clever sentences, pretty much always with his eyes on the socio existential prize Also, really funny 30 LOLs, at least Self consciously episodic in structure, with a conventional, linear, there and back again, rising arc NOT lacking structure, as so many muffinheads on here say the plot is propelled by Amory s thoughts about his emotional intellectual progression than old fashioned conflict resolution Also, I think he s conscious of most of the things people on here level at him re class he seems to me often critical than complicit eg, the end of his relationship with Rosalind, not to mention the final rant in the car It s a lot like Tolstoy s Confession, but here the Egotist steps into the labyrinth of the rest of his life and realizes he knows himself and nothing else Looking forward to the other F Scott novels and then re re re reading Gatsby.

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