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This Side of Paradise | [F. Scott Fitzgerald]

This Side of Paradise

F. Scott Fitzgerald’s pseudo- autobiographical first novel. It describes life at Princeton among the glittering, bored, and disillusioned “lost generation” of post World War1 America. Published in 1920, when he was just 23, the novel was an overnight success and propelled Fitzgerald to instant stardom as spokesman of the Jazz Age.
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F. Scott Fitzgerald’s pseudo- autobiographical first novel. It describes life at Princeton among the glittering, bored, and disillusioned “lost generation” of post World War1 America. Published in 1920, when he was just 23, the novel was an overnight success and propelled Fitzgerald to instant stardom as spokesman of the Jazz Age.

Public Domain (P)2010 trout lake media

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    Parola138 United States 11-25-10
    Parola138 United States 11-25-10 Member Since 2005

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    "pre-WWI joy"

    I think that I enjoyed this book more because of its period than anything. This is not the sort of book I would hand to just anyone and expect that they would like it. Of course this is no great gatsby and is, from what I understand, Fitzgerald's first novel written at age 23. I enjoyed it because I wanted to enjoy it, but don't expect to be wowed as with his true classics. This is about a privledged kid growing up and going through college. Reminds me at times almost like Catcher in the Rye, although Catcher came many decades later. Anyway, there are four or five versions of this on audible and this version has the best narrator. I was very pleased with the production. 5 stars.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Elizabeth Campbellford, Ontario, Canada 04-22-12
    Elizabeth Campbellford, Ontario, Canada 04-22-12
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    "A Joy-Ride through Pompous Asseville"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, It was a wonderful listen. A story written by one pompous ass about other pompous asses. Not as good as The Great Gatsby but definitely up there.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of This Side of Paradise?

    It was a short book. I liked the whole journey. I will be buying more of F. Scott Fitzgerald's work and I will read this one again. What I like best is this man knows how to tell and great story with minimal words.


    What about Brian D'eon’s performance did you like?

    He was perfection. The accent and the attitude. He had it all.


    If you could rename This Side of Paradise, what would you call it?

    Leave the title. It is perfection. F Scott Fitzgerald picks great titles.


    Any additional comments?

    Read it. It is part American history most people don't experience first hand.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Chelsea Lynn Fisher SEATTLE, WA, US 02-18-13
    Chelsea Lynn Fisher SEATTLE, WA, US 02-18-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Slow at first, but so worth the read!"

    Brilliant and clever book, I love Fitzgerald's work and this book is no exception. The readers voice was hard to get used to at first, but I ended up really loving it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Michael Cox San Diego, CA USA 05-03-13
    Michael Cox San Diego, CA USA 05-03-13 Member Since 2005

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    "I just let it wash over me."

    It's not a book I would normally read, but I just finished "Z", so I just had to see what it was all about. I didn't try to follow the story or look too deeply into any of it, I just let it wash over me and I found myself enjoying the experience. I would not have had the patients to actually read it, but having it read; and read so beautifully, was a truly pleasant experience. I think was the pros, it just flowed...

    Over all it was a very nice experience. Can't wait to read Gatsby.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Amber CONYERS, GA, United States 02-07-14
    Amber CONYERS, GA, United States 02-07-14 Member Since 2012
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    "F Scott is a talentless windbag"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    If I could return the book and get it off my phone memory.


    What could F. Scott Fitzgerald have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Having a plot would be nice. Putting a conflict in the story would be nice too.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Brian D'eon?

    It's not the narrator's fault that the story is bad.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from This Side of Paradise?

    I would not have published him at all. The whole first part was pointless and a waist of time.


    Any additional comments?

    Don't get this book.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Helen Great Cacapon, WV, United States 04-07-12
    Helen Great Cacapon, WV, United States 04-07-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Fitzgerald as a young man"
    Where does This Side of Paradise rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It's not my favorite, but I enjoyed it. There were no


    What other book might you compare This Side of Paradise to and why?

    I would have to think of books that are tightly focused on one character's development. It reminds me a little bit of


    Have you listened to any of Brian D'eon’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I have not.


    Who was the most memorable character of This Side of Paradise and why?

    Naturally, it is the main character Amory Blaine who remains in sharp focus throughout the novel. Every relationship he has develops his character and tests his character. At times it is painful to find his romantic notions dashed again....but he keeps testing himself, all the while trying out new ideas as if they were new styles in clothing.


    Any additional comments?

    I must admit, I

    0 of 3 people found this review helpful
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