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These sumptuous new hardback editions mark the 70th anniversary of Fitzgerald's death.Increasingly disillusioned by the rejection slips that studded the walls of his room and his on/off engagement to Zelda Sayre, Fitzgerald began his third revision of the novel that was to become This Side of Paradise.The story of a young man's painful sexual and intellectual awakening that echoes Fitzgerald's own career, it is also a portrait of the lost generation that followed straight on from the First World War, 'grown up to find all Gods dead, all wars fought, all faiths in man shaken' and wanting money and success more than anything else.

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F. Scott Fizgerald was born in 1896 in St Paul, Minnesota, and went to Princeton University, which he left in 1917 to join the army. He was said to have epitomized the Jazz Age, which he himself defined as 'a generation grown up to find all Gods dead, all wars fought, all faiths in man shaken'. In 1920 he married Zelda Sayre. Their traumatic marriage and her subsequent breakdowns became the leading influence on his writing. Among his publications were five novels, This Side of Paradise, The Great Gatsby, The Beautiful and Damned, Tender is the Night and The Last Tycoon (his last and unfinished work). Fitzgerald died suddenly in 1940.

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A story of crippled souls 13 juin 2013
Par Kurt A. Johnson - Publié sur
Format: Relié
Amory Blaine was born to an eccentric mother and a cold and distant father. This is the story of his life, but more than that it is the story of his search for love, and his search for meaning - both ultimately disappointingly unsuccessful.

I gather that this book, the first one that F. Scott Fitzgerald published, was wildly successful when it was first published, in 1920. It really spoke to the Lost Generation. Well, reading it now some 90 years later, it does not have the same impact - nor could it.

As a window on the Lost Generation, or at least on their tastes, it is quite interesting. As I read the book, I could not help but reflect on a thinker I knew many years ago who spoke of people who loved themselves best, but were forever on a fruitless search to find someone who would love them more. All of the characters in This Side of Paradise have that same problem - a deep and overwhelming love for themselves which makes them unable to give unconditionally of themselves.

I suppose that is why I did not find myself enjoying this book at any point - there is nothing uplifting here. The crippled souls of the characters only inspired pity in me, as I watched what I knew to be their fruitless search for love and meaning.

So, if you are interested in the Lost Generation and the 1920s, then you will probably enjoy this book. If you are looking for a work of literature that will feed your soul and send you forward, then you will probably not enjoy this indeed, I did not.
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To be young, rich, and spoiled 8 juillet 2013
Par krebsman - Publié sur
Format: Relié
The only Fitzgerald I had ever read was GATSBY. After seeing the new film version, I decided I'd like to read some more Fitzgerald. THIS SIDE OF PARADISE had been on my list for a long time. I have to confess that I was a little disappointed. It's a coming-of-age story set in the World War I era about a spoiled rich boy who goes to Princeton. It contains some keen observations on the lives of the American rich during that period that made it worth reading for me, but as a novel, is clumsily written and appears to have been cobbled together from several works set in the same milieu. The seams show. But as a sociological document I think it's quite valuable. I certainly wouldn't regard this as essential reading, but if one already has in interest in Fitzgerald, this is not a waste of time.

This particular edition is beautifully designed. Even if you have no intention of reading it, the gorgeous art-deco styled cover makes a splendid prop for the interior decorator trying to project an image of glamor and sophistication.
Judge the book by the cover! 2 décembre 2013
Par alicia - Publié sur
Format: Relié Achat vérifié
My favorite F. Scott Fitzgerald book made pretty! I hardly want to reread this version because it looks so good on my bookshelf. Makes a great gift or addition to the Penguin Hardback Classics collection.
Great cover 26 octobre 2013
Par Alex H. - Publié sur
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The cover is so classy, if you are into nice looking (and feeling books) this one is really special.

If you are the type of person who doesn't really care much for this, you might be better saving some money and just downloading it on Gutenberg.
So pretty! 18 juillet 2013
Par Brooke - Publié sur
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I love this series and this cover in particular is my favorite. The silver chevron printed cover is simply gorgeous and these books look amazing on my shelves.
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