Book Review: This Side Of Paradise


This Side of Paradise, F. Scott Fitzgerald’s romantic and witty first novel, was written when the author was only twenty-three years old. This semi-autobiographical story of the handsome, indulged, and idealistic Princeton student Amory Blaine received critical raves and catapulted Fitzgerald to instant fame. Now, readers can enjoy the newly edited, authorized version of this early classic of the Jazz Age, based on Fitzgerald’s original manuscript. In this definitive text, This Side of Paradise captures the rhythms and romance of Fitzgerald’s youth and offers a poignant portrait of the “Lost Generation.”


At the start of this novel we are introduced to Amory’s point of view of how he sees his mother, Beatrice who sounds wonderful on paper. The ,other seemed to never settle with friends or places. Some would find this lifestyle to be rather lavish and would look down upon it however I quite enjoyed reading about their lifestyle.

Parts of the novel began to feel. However I soon realised that this novel had not much of a plot therefore it was quite a let down. It contains rare moments of brilliant writing however by the time you find it each time you are bored. I liked it at the start so I did enjoy some elements.

2/5 Stars


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