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There are clever things, keen and searching things, amusingly young and mistaken things, beautiful things and pretty things. Fitzgerald has recorded with a good deal of felicity and a disarming frankness the adventures and developments of a curious and fortunate American youth. At last the revelation has come. The glorious spirit of abounding youth glows throughout this fascinating tale.

Amory, the romantic egotist, is essentially American.

Fitzgerald knew that glamour was bound to fail, that there is an ineradicable human instinct for it which is utterly mistaken. Armory Blaine is sensitive and weak in many ways—for example his vanity—but since he is a Princeton student and literary scholar, we know he also has dominance. View all 10 comments. See, this is the problem with re-reading books that shine so bright in your memory — sometimes they just don't live up. I mean, there's really no reason I shouldn't have loved this book.

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It's filled with philosophical musings and snappy, flirty dialogue; it's pleasantly disjointed, very slice-of-life-y; it's definitely full of verve and probably powerful ideas I was in fact very impatient throughout. I found Amory Blaine to after reading: I found Amory Blaine to be a bit of a narcissistic bore, all the female characters thoroughly self-obsessed and false, and most of the other characters either inconsistent, un-memorable, or not believable. I nearly always feel guilty about not liking a book.

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In this case my guilt is compounded by the fact that someone who once meant a great deal to me loved the shit out of Fitzgerald, and this book in particular; in fact, it's his copy, full of his underlinings and nearly destroyed due to the number of times it's been caught in in rainstorms, that I still have. But Nick, I'm sorry. I just don't love this like I used to. Maybe it's because I'm not in the mood, or maybe it's just slow and not my jam in general. Either way, just thinking about picking this book up was not inspiring me to read so I'm done.

Feb 21, Lee rated it really liked it. Of all the writing by writers in their early 20s I've read and written , this book is down the street and around the corner from most. I loved when Amory Blaine biked at night with a friend from P'ton to my hometown. Fitzgerald writes sharp, swervy, gorgeous, clever sentences, pretty much always with his eyes on the socio-existenti Of all the writing by writers in their early 20s I've read and written , this book is down the street and around the corner from most. Fitzgerald writes sharp, swervy, gorgeous, clever sentences, pretty much always with his eyes on the socio-existential prize.

Also, I think he's conscious of most of the things people on here level at him re: It's a lot like Tolstoy's Confession, but here the Egotist steps into the labyrinth of the rest of his life and realizes he knows himself and nothing else. Looking forward to the other F. Scott novels and then re-re-re-reading Gatsby. Feb 11, Jim Fonseca rated it really liked it. Our main character, Amory, is presented to us as a not-very-likeable egotistical young god. We are told older boys usually detested him. The blurbs tell us that some young women used the book as a manual for how to be a jazz-age flapper — this in There are a lot of excerpts of poetry he was reading and writing and one-sentence judgements about the classics in those days they had to read.

And a bit about writing: Our main character is conscious of the changing of the generations and their different values: The Victorians are dying out and the WWI generation is in. They are playing with socialism. By the end of the book he is world-weary, rejected by a woman, fighting a bout of alcoholism. Disillusioned, he turns against books, women and faith. He has no family left.

Almost noir but a good book. Rich young men coming of age a prep school instead of university while a war goes on WW II instead of WW I and the draft hanging over them. View all 4 comments. When published in March , this - Fitzgerald's first novel - was an immediate critical and popular success. It led to success for Fitzgerald in another way too, because when it was accepted for publication Zelda Sayre, who had ended her relationship with Fitzgerald the previous year, agreed to marry him. After the first print run sold out within three days of publication, Fitzgerald wired for Zelda to come to New York City to marry him that weekend.

She agreed and they married a week after th When published in March , this - Fitzgerald's first novel - was an immediate critical and popular success. She agreed and they married a week after the novel was published. The pair then fell headlong into the life of celebrity which contributed so much to their ultimate downfall. In some ways it's difficult to understand why this work was so well received. It has "first novel" stamped all over it. The writing is uneven in quality and patchy in tone, clearly cobbled together from pieces which don't always fit together harmoniously.

Fitzgerald combines standard prose narrative, narrative in the form of a play, free verse and rather pedestrian poetry to tell the story of Amory Blaine, a young mid-Westerner who believes he will achieve extraordinary success in life. He goes to boarding school and then to university, falls in and out of love, drinks too much, tries to write, goes to war, works briefly in an advertising agency and endlessly philosophises alone and with his friends.

Amory is squarely based on Fitzgerald and much of the action is autobiographical. While what appealed to critics about the novel in was the exploration of young American manhood in the aftermath of World War I, it is the autobiographical flavour of the novel which is probably of most interest to modern readers. Fitzgerald's ego and his insecurities, his relationship with Zelda, his desire for success, the cynicism of the age are all there in the text.

Amory Blaine's self-obsession is Fitzgerald's self-obsession, not the less real for being insightful. In a moment of introspection, Blaine reflects: He knew tht he could sophisticate himself finally into saying that his own weakness was just the result of circumstance and environment; that often when he raged at himself as an egotist something would whisper ingratiatingly "No, Genius! That was one manifestation of fear, that voice which whispered that he could be both great and good, that genius was the exact combination of those inexplicable grooves and twists in his mind, that any discipline would curb it to mediocrity.

Probably more than any concrete vice or failing Amory despised his own personality - he loathed knowing that tomorrow and the thousand days after he would swell pompously at a compliment and sulk at an ill word like a third-rate musician or a first class actor. He was ashamed of the fact that simple and honest people usually distrusted him; that he had been cruel, often, to those who had sunk their personalities in him - several girls, and a man here and there through college, that he had been an evil influence on people who had followed him here and there into mental adventures from which he alone rebounded unscathed.

Knowing that Fitzgerald did not continue to rebound unscathed from those mental adventures adds a certain poignancy to reading this novel. However, nothwithstanding the beautiful prose, the evocation of the age with which Fitzgerald has become synonymous, and the autobiographical insights, this is not a work I have any particular interest in reading again. Most of the problem with the novel is, I think, that clever young men are never quite as interesting as they think they are.

Two stars for Amory's story and another one because of the insight it provides into the workings of the young Fitzgerald's mind. View all 6 comments. Oct 08, Adrianne Mathiowetz rated it liked it. Someone needed to tell F. Scott Fitzgerald to stop writing poetry and including it in this book as the work of his characters. You have to read it, because it's freaking F. Scott Fitzgerald and you don't skim the man's work, but honestly this was insufferable.

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There were passages in this book that I loved, and parts that I couldn't put down: The plot structure wasn't really there. The whole focus of the book is simply one character's development as a person fr Someone needed to tell F. The whole focus of the book is simply one character's development as a person from childhood to mid-twenties, and that development isn't always believable.

That said, there was a lot of playfulness in this book that made it fun to read.

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Midway through, you suddenly have three chapters that are written entirely in play format. Towards the end you enter Amory Blaine's head with a series of questions and answers he's asking and answering for himself, followed by a page of stream of consciousness. These deviations, while abrupt, give effective, fascinating glimpses into the characters' lives that traditional prose could not deliver. I strongly disliked this book and I'm saying no more lest it turn into a rant.

Okay, some friends have requested the rant, so here goes. I never connected with the main character. The only time we really get insight into what he's thinking is when he's thinking about how much better he is than everybody else. The motivations of all of the characters make no I strongly disliked this book and I'm saying no more lest it turn into a rant. The motivations of all of the characters make no sense to me. They're all paper dolls, doing weird things with no understandable motivations.

Sometimes I just go mad and do things like that! It's like Fitzgerald being a pretentious ass and trying to get lame to me poetry into a book way too many times.

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One or two would be fine, but I seriously wanted to close my eyes and bang my head against a wall every time it cropped up. However, that would have given me a hell of a headache because there was a lot of it. Oh, yes, how could I possibly forget the political ranting in favor of socialism? It went on and on and on and on The interesting thing is how extreme my reaction was. Last year I read The Beautiful and Damned for a classics challenge, and not only did I give it some five star love, it was also one of my favorite books last year.

A favorite of both the challenge and a top So I was understandably extremely excited about this book. His first published book, and a book that took the world by storm. A book that was so popular that he makes a comment in The Beautiful and Damned about how all of society is talking about it and it's a must read for them. Arrogant and self-centered but it made me really want to read this.

And then I do and I hate it as much as I loved the other. I've also read The Great Gatsby and had a sane, normal 3. So why do these two books provoke such a powerful reaction? Sep 05, Jenna rated it really liked it Shelves: Since I finished reading Of Human Bondage , I have had a thirst for devouring the classics and lucky me: When deciding on which classics to read my mind went first to F.

Scott Fi "It was always the becoming he dreamed of, never the being. Scott Fitzgerald, but not because he is considered one of the greatest novelists of all time, but because he settled for a time in North Carolina my home state , while his wife Zelda was in an institution for schizophrenia.

He stayed in Asheville at the Omni Grove Park Inn in room , which has not been remodeled since his time there and people can rent this room out to this day and feel the presence of Fitzgerald himself. I have actually had dinner here where you can eat on a veranda that overlooks the mountains and at one time could view the hospital where Zelda once was before it burned down taking her life with it.

Enough about that though and on to the book It starts out when he is an adolescent and ends when he is a young man. As with many of the classics that I have been reading lately, this is mainly character-driven and he seems to be on a quest to understand his place in the world and to understand life itself. Of course, as with the other classics, this leads to deep introspection once he fails first at love, career, and convention. Once he is stripped of these things it leads him to finally think: What I loved far more than the story or the characters within was Fitzgerald's poetic prose and I am not one for saying such things.

For a minute they stood there, hating each other with a bitter sadness. But as Avory had loved himself in Eleanor, so now what he hated was only a mirror. Their poses were strewn about the pale dawn like broken glass. The stars were long gone and there were left only the little sighing gusts of wind and the silences between They just want the fun of eating it all over again.

The matron doesn't want to repeat her girlhood-she wants to repeat her honeymoon.

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I don't want to repeat my innocence. I want the pleasure of losing it again. I love reading stories about the rich, or so Amory was in the beginning, that just wander the Earth looking for introspect. They tend to get heavy at times, but I love to read the rattlings of their minds. Dec 27, Britany rated it liked it Shelves: Equal parts loathed and loved this book by America's most beloved author. Original and provocative, especially given that Fitzgerald was only 23 when he wrote this book.

I could feel the greenness of his life, and how frightened he must have been of what the world had to offer. I hated the arrogance and conceited attitude of the main character Am Equal parts loathed and loved this book by America's most beloved author. I hated the arrogance and conceited attitude of the main character Amory Blaine- for I can't think of another protagonist that I hated as much I hated Amory. I also tend to hate novels filled with philosophizing and seemingly meaningless ramblings. For those things noted, I had to veer to three stars for this one.

View all 5 comments. People have expectations, you know? This Side of Paradise just doesn't measure up. One of TSoP 's main flaws is that it has virtually no plot. It does contain the rare snippets of brilliance, but you have to wade through a whole lot of tosh to find them.

Still, I can't say that I hated it, however, I've definitely had naps that were more stimulating. View all 3 comments. This would be my last Fitzgerald book ever. His writing style is extraordinary and magnificent but as he might have put it: Di questo libro ho un ricordo ben preciso: Non avevano ancora rivisto tutto in funzione dell'AV, l'avvenieristica stazione attuale che ho solo intravisto recentemente dai finestrini di un treno, di passaggio era forse nemmeno un progetto. Costava pochi soldi, e gli studenti universitari erano anche allora decisamente squattrinati.

Ricordo che provai a leggerlo e che lo misi quasi immediatamente da parte, preferendogli addirittura il giornale. Avevo 24 anni, ero innamorato, presi il treno per Roma e le vicissitudini di questo libro, da allora, si persero di scaffale in scaffale, di mensola in mensola.

Polvere su polvere su polvere. Nel bene o nel male. Rivedo quella costa verde brillante, e la copertina di un giallo da giallo della Christie, con il ritratto di un giovane baldanzoso e che con baldanza guarda in avanti, verso il futuro. Non penso a me a 24 anni, tutt'altro. L'oggetto libro non mi comunica niente in questo senso.

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La memoria non rimanda a me. Ho una pessima memoria, in generale. Per il lavoro che faccio un mezzo disastro. Quindi non ricordo mai dove ho comprato un libro, a meno che non lo scriva da qualche parte subito, o non conservi lo scontrino. A meno che dietro non ci sia una ragazza. Ecco, in quel caso ricordo tutto perfettamente.

La mente elabora persino l'anno, il luogo dell'acquisto, tutto si lega e si tiene all'interno di un ricordo generale su un amore. Ho riaperto questo libro, dunque, e ci ho ritrovato dentro un cartoncino rosso, che segnava il punto dove ero arrivato all'epoca della prima lettura. Poche pagine, forse dieci. Il cartoncino rosso, un banalissimo ritaglio rettangolare 6x4 di un A4 colore rosso grammatura , portava su un lato una specie di smile stilizzato, una cosa rotonda con due occhi e la lingua di fuori. Riconosco il suo segno.

Quasi una cosa unica.