vrijdag 17 april 2015

F. Scott Fitzgerald: This Side of Paradise


This Side of Paradise is F. Scott Fitzgerald’s debut novel.
It has 245 pages. I got it as a gift in one book with The Beautiful and Damned.

You can find all my F. Scott Fitzgerald reviews here.

 “This Side of Paradise, F. Scott Fitzgerald's romantic and witty first novel, was written when the author was only twenty-three years old. This semiautobiographical story of the handsome, indulged, and idealistic Princeton student Amory Blaine received critical raves and catapulted Fitzgerald to instant fame. Now, readers can enjoy the newly edited, authorized version of this early classic of the Jazz Age, based on Fitzgerald's original manuscript.”

It’s obvious to everyone that although Amory Blaine is a selfish, detached, egocentric and superficial man; it is because he is a product of the time he lives in and because he is the son of his parents with their own faults. Life as an upper-class gentleman and woman was just tedious and boring.
He's not really unlikable, but it's not that I care about him either. 

Fitzgerald writes about all this in a very believable manner. I can't find fault with the writing because it is good, it's just detached and definitely not engaging in any way.

I mean, it’s good and all (see above) but the story really is boring. Really boring.

Happy reading!