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Fitzgerald's first novel, reprinted in the handsome Everyman's Library series of literary classic, uses numerous formal experiments to tell the story of Amory Blaine, as he grows up during the crazy years following the First World War. It also contains a new introduction by Craig Raine that describes critical and popular reception of the book when it came out in 1920.--This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
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ISBN-10:  0684843781
ISBN-13:  978-0684843780
Author:  F. Scott Fitzgerald
Publisher:  Scribner
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review by . June 16, 2010
F. Scott Fitzgerald spent his entire career in the same vein set forth in this debut novel, first published in 1920 when the author was 23. He was a master of capturing the essence of the era--the glamorous and privileged New English lifestyle and all its deliriously unbelievable characters. This Side of Paradise creates an environment for Fitzgerald to exist, and it is perfectly indispensable.      This Bildungsroman (or coming-of-age novel) concentrates on the young Amory …
Quick Tip by . July 06, 2010
all of Fitzgerald's novels have the same basic theme but if you enjoy that genre, this one is as good as the rest!
Quick Tip by . June 23, 2010
Loved The Great Gatsby but couldn't finish this one.
Quick Tip by . June 22, 2010
I normally love FSF, but this left me cold.
review by . August 05, 2001
I missed this one back in college, where I became enamoured of much more sophisticated writers (Joyce and Hemingway, though some here may question this characterization of Hemingway at least). Indeed, I had liked THE GREAT GATSBY back then but was not overly fond of the Fitzgerald opus of short stories so, on balance, I never felt motivated to read any further into his works. And yet I recently found a copy of this one so, having a little time on my hands, set out to read it. At first it was slow …
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