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Of all the writing by writers in their early 20s I ve read and written , this book is down the street and around the corner from most I wish I d read about the Romantic Egotist before I wrote a book called Incidents of Egotourism in the Temporary World that also takes place in the Princeton area I loved when Amory Blaine biked at night with a friend from P ton to my hometown Fitzgerald writes sharp, swervy, gorgeous, clever sentences, pretty much always with his eyes on the socio existential prize Also, really funny 30 LOLs, at least Self consciously episodic in structure, with a conventional, linear, there and back again, rising arc NOT lacking structure, as so many muffinheads on here say the plot is propelled by Amory s thoughts about his emotional intellectual progression than old fashioned conflict resolution Also, I think he s conscious of most of the things people on here level at him re class he seems to me often critical than complicit eg, the end of his relationship with Rosalind, not to mention the final rant in the car It s a lot like Tolstoy s Confession, but here the Egotist steps into the labyrinth of the rest of his life and realizes he knows himself and nothing else Looking forward to the other F Scott novels and then re re re reading Gatsby. The Great Gatsby is colossal It s one of those books from your high school reading list that you probably still like I do I love Gatsby When I saw the Baz Luhrman movie was coming out I remembered that I once promised myself I would read all of F Scott Fitzgerald s novels This Side of Paradise is his first novel, published in 1920.It s not a good book, but it s a sincere book It s an everything and the kitchen sink book You can tell young F Scott Fitzgerald put EVERYTHING HE HAD into this book His life, his loves, his poetry, every idea, every experience he crammed it all in here and called it a novel A lot of it doesn t fit together Not all of it is interesting Some of it is truly puzzling The saving grace is that behind it all there s this exuberance and passion that keeps you turning the pages.There s not much plot to speak of At first you re reading a bildungsroman, the story of a young american, Amory Blaine, coming of age at Princeton University Then the story seems to focus on his love life and becomes very episodic, with touches that show you this is a very autobiographical book The last third of the book getsexperimental Part of it is written as a one act play One brief section is stream of consciousness the introduction says Fitzgerald was inspired by Portrait of an Artist as a Young Man Then there are the poems Loads and loads of poems Some of them are just sort of hanging there in the middle of the chapter, without a lot of context as to what they re doing there Oh, and there are reading lists of the hip authors Amory and his friends are reading at Princeton Huge swaths of the novel are just discussions between Amory and his classmates about literature So, yeah, all the freshman mistakes are here I can tell F Scott Fitzgerald is a first time novelist here because he makes the mistake new comedians make They do stand up comedy ABOUT stand up comedy Here, Fitzgerald is writing about writing before he knows how to write He s still brilliant than you or I will ever be Each section, by itself, is obviously the work of a very precocious young genius in the offing They don t make a novel when you glue them all together, but taken a piece at a time there s a lot of fascinating stuff here I particularly liked the section where Amory Blaine meets the devil And some of the Princeton bits reminded me so much of my own college experience, how your mind develops and your ideas change during that time.But what I take away is how ON FIRE Fitzgerald was to write, to get it all down, to get it all out there That excitement is there in every line That s the lesson of the book and it s a good one.Oh, and I also take away that Amory Blaine is a terrible name for a character. 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Constellation Of Influences Biographical, Historical, And Literary To Enrich Each Reader S Understanding Of These Enduring Works If The Roaring Twenties Are Remembered As The Era Of Flaming Youth, It Was F Scott Fitzgerald Who Lit The Fire His Semi Autobiographical First Novel, This Side Of Paradise, Became An Instant Best Seller And Established An Image Of Seemingly Carefree, Party Mad Young Men And Women Out To Create A New Morality For A New, Post War America It Traces The Early Life Of Amory Blaine From The End Of Prep School Through Princeton To The Start Of An Uncertain Career In New York CityAlternately Self Confident And Self Effacing, Torn Between Ambition And Idleness, The Self Absorbed, Immature Amory Yearns To Run With Princeton S Rich, Fast Crowd And Become One Of The Gods Of The Campus Hopelessly Romantic, He Learns About Love And Sex From A Series Of Beautiful Young Flappers, Women Who Leave Him Both Exhilarated And Devastated Fitzgerald Describes It All In Intensely Lyrical Prose That Fills The Novel With A Heartbreaking Sense Of Longing, As Amory Comes To Understand That The Sweet Scented Springtime Of His Life Is Fragile And Fleeting, Disappearing Into Memory Even As He Reaches For It Sharon G Carson Is Professor Emerita In The English Department At Kent State University, Where She Has Taught For Thirty Five Years She Is The Author Of Numerous Articles And Essays On Modern And Contemporary Fiction An Apprentice Work, With Flashes Of Genius This Side Of Paradise was Fitzgerald s first novel, the one that made him, at age 23, a literary star, the unofficial chronicler of the flapper era It was such a success that his ex girlfriend, Zelda Sayre, agreed to marry him And we know how that turned out Autobiographical protagonist Amory Blaine is insufferably narcissistic and egotistical Fitzgerald was clearly aware of this, and there s than a bit of satire to his portrait of the vain golden boy he titled an earlier version The Romantic Egotist Structurally, the book is all over the place, a collection of vignettes, impressions, poems there s even something resembling a one act play near the end WWI is oddly glossed over in an interlude.It s a coming of age novel with an experimental feel at one point Fitzgerald refers to Joyce s A Portrait Of The Artist As A Young Man, and you can sense its influence, especially in the second half The book covers Amory s comfortable midwest childhood, his Princeton years and the restless post war Jazz Age generation Throughout there s the search for all those things you rhapsodize about when you re very young love, beauty, spirituality, fulfillment The narrator occasionally drones on, telling us stuff, like some pedantic teaching assistant outlining a course But while the book is clearly, at times painfully, an apprentice work, it shows a ton of potential you can see why legendary editor Maxwell Perkins agreed to publish it, despite the protests of his less enthusiastic colleagues at Scribner s.The book has an undeniable vitality, a spark of originality and the occasional flash of genius You feel that Fitzgerald is attempting to capture his generation, one unshackling itself from pre war s What it needs is a Nick Carraway figure, an outsider among the privileged to comment on the action Amory is living in the eye of his own dramatic hurricane, and it s hard to get a balanced point of view.What s eerie, though, is how many prescient passages there are Like this oneAmory, you re young I m young People excuse us now for our poses and vanities, for treating people like Sancho and yet getting away with it They excuse us now But you ve got a lot of knocks coming to youIndeed he does.Also included is one post breakup bender that foreshadows the author s later alcoholism An elegiac feeling suffuses the book, especially near the end When Amory revisits Princeton after the war, full of early disillusion, Fitzgerald gives us this stunning passage Long after midnight the towers and spires of Princeton were visible, with here and there a late burning light and suddenly out of the clear darkness the sound of bells As an endless dream it went on the spirit of the past brooding over a new generation, the chosen youth from the muddled, unchastened world, still fed romantically on the mistakes and half forgotten dreams of dead statesmen and poets Here was a new generation, shouting the old cries, learning the old creeds, through a reverie of long days and nights, destined finally to go out into the dirty grey turmoil to follow love and pride a new generation dedicated than the last to the fear of poverty and the worship of success grown up to find all God s dead, all wars fought, all faiths in man shakenFitzgerald s obvious lyrical gift is on display, but there s also a knowledge of the currents and rhythms of life that, even at so young an age, he intuitively grasped.In short there s real artistry. So how is it that this novel, despite it s shortcomings, was still able to be successful Ask any New York agent to represent your literary novel with a male protagonist and he ll tell you Literary novel s with a male protagonist are hard sells And they are Think about it How many literary novels with male protagonists have you enjoyed in the last, say, five years Probably zero The key to the success of This Side of Paradise is in Fitzgerald s mastery of the Male Protagonist in a Literary Novel Problem But why should this even be a problem at all It s my belief that males generally don t relate to one and other They dominate each other The question of do you respect a full grown man really comes down to is he dominate in some way In a literary novel, a male protagonist is essentially going after the status quo He s saying that the society in which you live needs to change We re not apt to give credence to a full grown male who thinks things should change and yet is not in a powerful situation We ll assume it s sour grapes So, in a literary novel, a male lead must be powerful enough to have an unbiased view of the problem he sees with society The difficulty is that powerful, dominant men generally don t tend to be sensitive and open minded enough to appreciate a societal problem What s needed in a literary male protagonist is a delicate balance of sensitivity and strength that we don t normally see in the real world Many a would be author will pen a male protagonist who just isn t strong enough for us to feel sympathy for him And striking this balance, or countermining this principle, has been the secret struggle of many a literary author Shakespeare s Hamlet was a whinny, emotional punk but he was the king of Denmark T.S Garp was a famous author most all of Hemingway s male leads were war veterans or soldiers or, in the case of The Old Man and the Sea, handicapped with age Other ways to get around the unsympathetic male protagonist is with youth, ie, Lord of the Flies, Catcher in the Rye and Huckleberry Finn, or insanity, see Hamlet, yet again , Lolita, Moby Dick Captain Ahab and Slaughter House Five The average, weak and sensitive male is to be avoided at all costs by the would be author of literary fiction History shows us that it is only kind to those that follow this principle and This Side of Paradise is no exception Where Fitzgerald succeeds is with his execution of what I ll call the Snob Narrator something that he wasted no time in establishing in The Great Gatsby Armory Blaine is sensitive and weak in many ways for example his vanity but since he is a Princeton student and literary scholar, we know he also has dominance It s this balance of sensitivity and strength much like Shakespeare s Hamlet that convince us through the 268 pages of this novel until the very end that Armory Blaine might have the solution to what is wrong with society SPOILER ALERT He didn t Fun read though And very inventive. This was Fitzgerald s first novel, published when he was 23 So it s a coming of age novel and semi autobiographical Our main character, Amory, is presented to us as a not very likeable egotistical young god he wondered how people could fail to notice he was a boy marked for glory He s so remarkable looking that a middle aged woman turns around in the theater to tell him so He s the football quarterback but hey, who cares, he gives that up We are told older boys usually detested him He s a big hit with the girls but he s disgusted by his first kiss There s a lot of chasing of girls, drinking, partying, driving fast cars and a tragedy The blurbs tell us that some young women used the book as a manual for how to be a jazz age flapper this in 1920 We even get a bit of goth when we are told that with one girl evil crept close to him The book is dense with themes, the main one being wealthy young men in an ivy league environment Princeton, where Fitzgerald went So there s a lot about college life and the competition among young men, endless hours over coffee BS ing about philosophy and their rushing to get into the right clubs There are a lot of excerpts of poetry he was reading and writing and one sentence judgements about the classics in those days they had to read And a bit about writing I get distracted when I start to write stories get afraid I m doing it instead of living Hanging over all these young men is not just the usual what am I going to do with my life but first, waiting to survive being drafted into World War I Our main character is conscious of the changing of the generations and their different values The Victorians are dying out and the WWI generation is in They are playing with socialism He s prescient when he tells us Modern life changes no longer century by century, but year by year, ten times faster than it ever has before It sounds as if he s talking about the age of the internet.By the end of the book he is world weary, rejected by a woman, fighting a bout of alcoholism Disillusioned, he turns against books, women and faith At one point Amory tells us I detest poor people because he saw only coarseness, physical filth, and stupidity Was he a Democrat or a Republican LOL He has no family left He is amazing blas in how he shrugs off the deaths of first his father, then his mother, and finally a monsignor who was a mentor and confidant Almost noir but a good book You can see Fitzgerald s emerging genius Coincidentally I happened to be reading A Separate Peace by John Knowles, while reading Paradise I m amazed at the similarities Rich young men coming of age a prep school instead of university while a war goes on WW II instead of WW I and the draft hanging over them. after reading Meh Meh, meh, meh See, this is the problem with re reading books that shine so bright in your memory sometimes they just don t live up I mean, there s really no reason I shouldn t have loved this book It s filled with philosophical musings and snappy, flirty dialogue it s pleasantly disjointed, very slice of life y it s definitely full of verve and probably powerful ideas but I just couldn t get into it I was in fact very impatient throughout I found Amory Blaine to be a bit of a narcissistic bore, all the female characters thoroughly self obsessed and false, and most of the other characters either inconsistent, un memorable, or not believable I nearly always feel guilty about not liking a book In this case my guilt is compounded by the fact that someone who once meant a great deal to me loved the shit out of Fitzgerald, and this book in particular in fact, it s his copy, full of his underlinings and nearly destroyed due to the number of times it s been caught in in rainstorms, that I still have But Nick, I m sorry F Scott, I m sorry I just don t love this like I used to. DNFing this one Maybe it s because I m not in the mood, or maybe it s just slow and not my jam in general Either way, just thinking about picking this book up was not inspiring me to read so I m done. Entitlement courses through every word and hemorrhages forth with a youthful flair for dramatics That a momentary blemish can nearly bring a girl to tears of despair, that looking into the very face of death wrangles only a moment s serious reflection before thoughts are turned back to the senior prom these scenes seem too fantastical to believe And yet, I am angered by them I loath these characters nonchalance about life and lives If they were not authored into existence with such undeniable skill, I would not have wanted to charge into this book and wring their necks This Side of Paradise is a triumph of decadence unveiled. This side of paradise, F Scott Fitzgerald 1896 1940 This Side of Paradise is the debut novel by F Scott Fitzgerald It was published in 1920 Taking its title from a line of Rupert Brooke s poem Tiare Tahiti, the book examines the lives and morality of post World War I youth Its protagonist, Amory Blaine, is an attractive Princeton University student who dabbles in literature The novel explores the theme of love warped by greed and status seeking 2011 1389 376 101 86 9789643118976 20.