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This Side of Paradise | [F. Scott Fitzgerald]

This Side of Paradise

Amory Blaine, though knowing no better, must learn the proper social etiquette and values that others his age already know. As he progresses to Princeton University from the Midwest, he experiences a series of flirtations with some predatory young women and a chance at friendship with some intellectual young men. His love-life culminates in a genuine but ill-fated love with a soul-mate who rejects him to marry a wealthier young man.
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Amory Blaine has been brought-up by a wealthy, idiosyncratic and alcoholic mother. Snobbish because he knows no better, he is uncomfortable with others and must learn the proper social etiquette and values that others his age already know. As he progresses to Princeton University from the Midwest, he experiences a series of flirtations with some predatory young women and a chance at friendship with some intellectual young men. His love-life culminates in a genuine but ill-fated love with a soul-mate who rejects him to marry a wealthier young man.

This Side of Paradise was first published in 1920 and was considered daring and intellectual in its day. Its enormous popularity helped to launch young Fitzgerald's career as a major writer.

(P)2006 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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    Kristi Milwaukie, OR, United States 05-10-13
    Kristi Milwaukie, OR, United States 05-10-13 Member Since 2011

    An old broad that enjoys books of all types. Would rather read than write reviews though. I know what I like, and won't be bothered by crap.

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    "Interesting version of a young F. Scott"

    I enjoyed this book and as it was the first book Fitzgerald wrote (when he was 23); it holds up well so many years later.
    This is the story of Amory Blaine, a young man whose mother raises him eccentrically and who comes into his own when he gets away from her and enters Princeton. His many loves and frequent heartbreaks all ring true and make you care for this young man.
    I understand this is almost an autobiography and you can read into that what you will.
    The most touching part of this story was when he knows he can't hold onto the love of his life because she must marry someone of her own class, (read Money!). A touch of Daisy Buchanan here perhaps?
    This is a fine book with some excellent prose and even a section that reads like a play that made for interesting listening.
    Dick Hill is a good narrator and I enjoyed him for the most part. Some words I would have pronounced differently, but then maybe I'm wrong in my pronunciation.
    Great story of a young man's life from high school, through college and the Great War and even a few years into his career. I'm hoping he survives!

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