This Side of Paradise
charts the life of Amory Blaine, an ambitious young
man loosely based on Fitzgerald himself, as he moves from his well-heeled
Midwest home to study at Princeton and then starts frequenting the circles of
high society as an aspiring writer. Experiencing failure and frustration in love
and in his career, Blaine finds his youthful enthusiasm gradually giving way to
disillusionment, cynicism and a life of dissolution.
A critical account of its own era, introducing many themes which would be
developed in later works, Fitzgerald’s first novel was an instant critical and
commercial success, propelling him into the limelight as a literary celebrity.
'He was better than he knew, for in fact and in the literary sense he
invented a generation.' The New York Times
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