22/40: This Side of Paradise (by F. Scott Fitzgerald)

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This Side of Paradise

by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Introduction and Notes by Sharon G. Carson

This Side of Paradise originally published in 1920 by Scribner

Barnes & Noble Classics trade paperback edition published in 2005 (by Barnes & Noble)

Classics

WHO: Amory Blaine,…

WHAT: recounts his life as he comes of age, goes to boarding school, college, war, and falls in love a couple of times.

WHERE:  Blaine hails from the Mid-West, goes to Princeton and makes occasional forays into New York City to participate in social life.

WHEN: The narrative covers roughly ten years, from 1908-1918, with very little time spent on Blaine’s military service in 1917.

WHY: Blaine seeks to define himself philosophically…

HOW: by taking into consideration his experiences, what he has been taught formally and through the mentorship of a priest.

+ This Side of Paradise is a unique diary in form that functions as a thinly disguised autobiography of F. Scott Fitzgerald himself.

Without an academically informed approach, This Side of Paradise comes across as a self-indulgent account of a spoiled brat. With bad poetry.

OTHER: I purchased paperback copy of This Side of Paradise (by F. Scott Fitzgerald; Introduction and Notes by Sharon G. Carson ) from Barnes and Noble (the retail store in Medford, OR.) I did not read theIntroduction and Notes by Sharon G. Carson. I learned to never do that when reading the Classics (unless the Classic is a re-read) as the academics who write these things often include spoilers. I receive no monies, goods or services in exchange for reviewing the product and/or mentioning any of the persons or companies that are or may be implied in this post.

I have challenged myself to read forty books this summer. Many books will be backlist titles as I’m trying to clear the stacks; but I have no doubt that new releases will make their way in too! 😉

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