The story of Amory Blaine's adolescence and undergraduate days at Princeton, This Side of Paradise captures the essence of an American generation...more
The story of Amory Blaine's adolescence and undergraduate days at Princeton, This Side of Paradise captures the essence of an American generation struggling to define itself in the aftermath of World War I and the destruction of "the old order". less
It was...intersting. The style was unique because it combined many different types of writing styles. The story was intersting, but there wasn't much a plot to drive the story forward. It was mostly just glimpses of a life that was based heavily on Fitgeralds' own life.
Still, for some reason, this goes down as one of my favorite reads of all time. Perhaps it was the tumultuous time in my life when I read it...not sure, but F. Scott really was one of America's greats.
The coolest thing about this novel is you can actually read F. Scott Fitzgerald's writing evolving throughout the book. Because it's semi-autobiographical you get to know all about the author in his first novel ever. While the first couple of chapters he seems to be working out a few kinks in his writing style, by the end of the book he has completely captivated you.