Sunday, February 11, 2007

13. "This Side of Paradise" ~ F. Scott Fitzgerald

Fitzgerald's first novel, this is a semi-autobiographical recount of life when the women became more sexually uninhibited and the men began to think rather than react.

Amory Blaine is spoiled, self-absorbed, snobbish. He goes to Princeton, he has a monthly allowance. Handsome, women flock to him. Clever, men seek his opinion.

But he's lost in his head. The intelligent thinker has much more to fear than others. Amory is accused of being a socialist, an atheist, and even an amoralist.

Fitzgerald must have thought a lot of himself. The novel is about status and greed. By publishing this novel, he was able to prove that he had the means to support a socialite wife. Knowing that information tarnishes the pure, altruistic ending.

2.0 out of 5.0 Headbutts.

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