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F. Scott Fitzgerald’s first novel features Amory Blaine, a handsome, wealthy, spoiled, and snobbish young man from the Midwest who attends Princeton University to acquire a refined sense of the proper “social” values. Lacking all sense of purpose, he interests himself primarily in literary cults, vaguely “liberal” student activities, and a series of flirtations with some rather predatory young ladies. Partially autobiographical, This Side of Paradise was credited with having invented the American flapper.

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  • “The glorious spirit of abounding youth glows throughout this fascinating tale…As a picture of the daily existence of what we call loosely ‘college men,’ this book is as nearly perfect as such a work could be…It could have been written only by an artist who knows how to balance his values, plus a delightful literary style.”

    New York Times

  • “A truly amazing first novel—original in structure, extremely sophisticated in manner, and adorned with a brilliancy that is as rare in American writing as honesty is in American statecraft.”

    H. L. Mencken

  • “Bears the impress of genius…Splendid and fascinating.”

    Chicago Tribune

  • “Animated with life.”

    Bookman, 1922

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Monte Lamb | 2/20/2014

    " This seemingly autobiographical book of Fitzgerald's years at Princeton and into the early 1920's did not do much for me. The decadence that he shows so brilliantly in GATSBY was here, but not nearly so well written. I didn't care so much for it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Karen | 2/19/2014

    " Interesting as Fitzgerald's first novel and as a commentary on the early 1900's, at least the class system that main character Amory Blaine is part of. It doesn't translate well for today's reader due to all the cultural references and names that no longer have meaning in our current times. The novel has many weaknesses, mostly structural and narrative, although there are parts of it that show the talent of a budding literary genius. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Kathy | 2/18/2014

    " a story told as only F. Scott Fitsgerald can "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Amy | 2/17/2014

    " It was interesting to read this book before reading The Great Gatsby. It also helped to have my sons notes from class - not an easy read! "

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