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This Side of Paradise

by F. Scott Fitzgerald

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Here is the accomplished first novel that catapulted Fitzgerald to literary fame at the age of 23. It follows the education--intellectual, spiritual, and sexual--of young Amory Blaine. Revised and repackaged.
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Fitzgerald was only 23 when this book was published and I should have read it when I was 23. ( )
  jdegagne | Apr 23, 2022 |
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  DavidDuBois | Feb 5, 2022 |
Publicado originalmente: El Extraño Gato del Cuento

This Side of Paradise se me hizo un libro interesante el cual me falló bastante con el final. Si bien la sinopsis ya nos dice que este libro a largo de los años se ha tomado como una especie de biografía del escritor, yo no lo quise tomar así ¿Por qué? Porque después de terminar el libro lo siento más como una excusa que como la meta del libro, por decirlo de algún modo.

No es un libro malo, tiene una gran y exquisita paleta de personaje femeninos. En inicios de año muchas escritoras estuvieron apoyando la campaña "Personajes femeninos diferentes" y para mí, This Side of Paradise es un buen ejemplo de lo que se pide. Tanto como Beatrice, Rosalind, Isabelle y Eleanor, que tienen un ligero parecido solo que cada una tiene algo llamativo que no tiene ningún otro personaje que haya leído antes, al menos en literatura Young Adult, y la verdad es que me gustaría leer más de estas personalidades.

Pero me falló en que no tengo una sensación de conclusión, no soy de las que se molestan con finales abiertos, varios de mis libros favoritos son así, es sólo con A Este Lado del Paraíso siento que me cortaron a mitad de algo, como si fuera el inicio de una serie de libros. No sé si es solo algo que me pasó a mí pero no estoy feliz con el final, Amory se me hizo muy hipócrita al final. Durante todo el libro me gustó como personaje, incluso logré identificarme con él varias veces, sobre todo con su cinismo y como el escritor nos lo describía. "Siempre se trataba de lo que llegaría a ser, nunca de lo que era" Sobre todo esa frase se me quedó grabada durante días. Las personas que nos pasamos más tiempo en la intimidad de nuestras mentes lo entendemos bastante bien.

El personaje que me desagradó en este libro fue Monseñor Darcy, se me hizo tan presuntuoso y uno de los que alentaba a Amory ser cómo era. Creo que también es un poco de envidia por mi parte, ya me gustaría tener a alguien quién crea que todas mis tonterías las hago porque soy un ser especial.

Tengo un montón de citas guardadas y ahora que estuve haciendo un poco de investigación para la reseña, aumenté alguna más, sin duda para futura relectura. Mi problema fue el final tan político y fuera de sentido pero por todo lo demás me gustó.

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  Ella_Zegarra | Jan 18, 2022 |
It’s well written, semi-autobiographical and definitely reeks of his literary genius...but the change from prose to play narrative (dunno what to call it) to verse to letters and poems....ahhhh....too erratic for me. Plus the 2nd to 3rd person switch was also distracting.

I struggled to relate to Amory. I found him vapid, over confident and entitled, indecisive, annoying.... so, if this is semi autographical, I’m thinking I wouldn’t have liked Fitzgerald much in the 1920s😳😬🤣

It was also difficult to relate to Amory’s “problems” - this small part of the postwar “society” that was experiencing so much angst (some of the monologues were hard to get through, but for his lyrical prose) and included mostly people with money, class status, etc., yet was so blind to what was happening around them just got on my nerves...I wanted to reach in and ....throttle him!

Am I sorry I read it? No. I have no problems DNFing books now, and there was some value in reading his 1st novel! But when I found out this was his debut novel, it all made sense!lol! ( )
  Eosch1 | Jan 2, 2022 |
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"it bears the impress, it seems to me, of genius. It is the only adequate study that we have had of the contemporary American in adolescence and young manhood."
added by GYKM | editChicago Tribune, Burton Rascoe
 
"The glorious spirit of abounding youth glows throughout this fascinating tale. . . The whole story is disconnected, more or less, but loses none of its charm on that account. It could have been written only by an artist who knows how to balance his values, plus a delightful literary style."
added by GYKM | editNew York Times (May 9, 1920)
 

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Fitzgerald, F. ScottAuthorprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Carson, Sharon G.Introductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Dean, DawkinsNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Dean, RobertsonNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Hendrie, ChrisNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Hill, DickNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Klaußner, BurghartNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
McCallion, DavidNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Moore, C JamesNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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. . . Well this side of Paradise! . . .
There's little comfort in the wise.
---Rupert Brooks

Experience is the name so many people give to their mistakes.
---Oscar Wilde
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TO SIGOURNEY FAY
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Amory Blaine inherited from his mother every trait, except the stray inexpressible few, that made him worth while.
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Here is the accomplished first novel that catapulted Fitzgerald to literary fame at the age of 23. It follows the education--intellectual, spiritual, and sexual--of young Amory Blaine. Revised and repackaged.

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2 editions of this book were published by Penguin Australia.

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