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


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)


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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