This Side of Paradise, Hardback Book
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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.


  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
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  • Category: Classic fiction (pre c 1945)
  • ISBN: 9780141194097

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One of the mysteries of my life is why do I have to keep on reading to the bitter end books that are incredibly boring? I felt like giving this one up many times but kept right on to the very end. It is a mishmash of novel, notes, dialogue, play, poetry all revolving around the early life and loves of Amory Blaine, an apparently extremely good-looking man and apparently an intellectual but he failed to arouse the slightest interest. I liked the short stories of Flappers and Philosophers much better. Despite the promises of the introduction there is nothing racier than a kiss in the dark, and I was really annoyed by the many mistakes (such as Cecilia on one page and Cecelia on another) - is FSF so sacred that they should not be corrected in a new edition? Overall impression: written by a student who thinks undergraduate life is riveting, and wanting to show off all his literary knowledge.

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