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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (21,109 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: F. Scott Fitzgerald Narrator: Wolfram Kandinsky Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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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Quotes & Awards

  • “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

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Greg Jehle | 2/2/2014

    " Gatsby remains a great novel despite how they shove it down our throats in High School, but I absolutely hated This Side of Paradise. I didn't care one bit about the coming-of-age of this brat. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Crysta | 1/26/2014

    " Fitzgerald's first novel is disjointed, and was cobbled together from some of his early works. Nevertheless, it's an interesting look into his college years and the years immediately following World War I, as Amory flirted with several ideas - and romances. The bits that were written as poetry were a different look at Fitzgerald's writing, but not nearly as good as his prose. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Sumeet | 1/16/2014

    " For the ones who want to learn how to blow people away with their writing. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Katrina | 1/15/2014

    " I just couldn't get into this one. I felt like I was reading a report on someone's life a opposed to a story with a plot and, we'll, a point. "

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