Saturday, January 9, 2016

This Side of Paradise

My Rating: 

Method of Reading: Personally owned paperback novel, 261 pages
Dates of Reading: August 1, 2015-December 22, 2015
Author: F. Scott Fitzgerald
Publication Year: 1920
Recommended to: Readers who enjoy or are interested in the 20s, anyone who liked Catcher in the Rye.
   "[Tom declared,] 'I want to go where people aren't barred because of the color of their neckties and the roll of their coats.
   'You can't, Tom,' argued Amory, as they rolled along through the scattering night; 'wherever you go now you'll always unconsciously apply these standards of "having it" or "lacking it"'" (77).
   "She made her goodness such an asset" (129).
   "Oh, Lord, what a pleasure it used to be to dream I might be a really great dictator or writer or religious or political leader—and now eve a Leonardo da Vinci or Lorenzo de Medici couldn't be a real old-fashioned bolt in the world. Life is too huge and complex. The world is so overgrown that it can't lift its own fingers, and I was planning to be such an important finger—" (199)
   "'But I have to have a soul,' he objected. 'I can't be rational—and I won't be molecular'" (213).
   "... sacrifice was no purchase of freedom" (230).
   "I soon found it made me morbid to think too much about myself" (243).
   "However the brans and abilities of men differ, their stomachs are essentially the same" (255).
   "I know myself ... but that is all" (261).
Movie: Yes, and apparently there's another one coming!

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My View: Excellent. I'd say it's a little more accessible than Gatsby (even if there's slightly less glitter and gold), especially for school-aged readers. The format is really interesting, making me surprised this isn't considered Fitzgerald's chef d'œvre.

Your Bibliomaniac

Fitzgerald, F. Scott. This Side of Paradise. New York: Barnes and Noble, 2005. Print.

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