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am 13. Mai 2018
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am 22. Februar 2014
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am 2. Juli 2000
Run or click, but don't walk to grab yourself a copy of THIS SIDE OF PARADISE. F. Scott Fitzgerald's first novel (published when he was twenty-three) is so glitteringly brilliant you might--I say MIGHT--just like it more than THE GREAT GATSBY. By the Gatsby masterpiece Fitzgerald was cutting back deliberately on his flourishing prose--read THIS SIDE OF PARADISE to see him let it all hang out.
Fitzgerald's protagonist Amory Blaine inherits from his mother exquisite manners, a European sensibility, and a dangerous superiority complex. It is to Amory's credit then, that throughout his prep school and Princeton years he regains the respect his attitude loses for him through talent and hard work. His stunning good looks (a point repeatedly established) position Amory well to lose his innocence as a variety of beautiful girls fall for him throughout his adolescence. Looking back nostalgically later on, Amory is honest enough with himself to realize that he doesn't really want to "repeat" his innocence, but merely "want[s] the pleasure of losing it again."
When I first read this book almost four years ago I shook my head after a few pages and said, "there's no accounting for genius." Much later I read E. M. Forster's ASPECTS OF THE NOVEL where he points out what I said as characteristic of the "pseudo-scholar." Yikes! The truth is that there is accounting for Fitzgerald's genius: it lies in his depth of insight, sharpness of wit and overall "will to bigness," as his narrator puts it for Amory. GATSBY is certainly the book that crowned Fitzgerald an immortal, but THIS SIDE OF PARADISE is a must-read for those who want to know what first made him a star.
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am 14. Januar 1997
Fitzgerald's This Side of Paradise is the classic novel depicting the confusion and unfocused energy which accompanies young adulthood. It is the paradigm on which all other stories of its kind are based. Fitzgerald brilliantly describes the misdirection of the young Armory Blaine with brilliant prose and unbelievable vocabulary. In trying to make sense of the confusing and unguided transition to adulthood, rather than looking at the world around him, Blaine obsessively looks inward at himself for answers. Attempting to unravel the mysteries of the uncertainty and alienation which come with adult freedom, Blaine floats along on a journey of self-discovery, anguish, and eventual redemption. A must for any Fitzgerald fan, any connoisseur of the American novel, or any one who has ever asked themself the ever demanding question: "What am I going to do with my life."
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am 5. Juni 2000
I love this book so much, it kills me. I love Amory Blaine, with all his flaws and imperfections, that it seems I'll never find a man in the world, because this creation, of this man, was somehow a fiat from God. Usually after reading something that means very much to me, I get this strange sad feeling - After reading some of Hemingway, I thought he was such an adorable man, and wished he were alive... talk to him, anything, to appropriate some of that passion and that gift and that wonder for myself. I get the same feeling with T.S. Eliot... But Amory Blaine? Shoot! Can you fall in love with a literary character?
With Fitzgerald, it seems you can. I'd rather sleep with who he creates than he himself. This was the first Fitzgerald I've ever read - then I read all the rest of his novels. Several times each. Because I want to be a writer, and am somewhat of a writer I guess, I can't say this is my favorite Fitzgerald novel AS A WRITER. But as a PERSON, a young person, perhaps it is. Or it's very close.
This Side of Paradise is beautiful, ugly, brave, cowardly, immaculate, flawed. It's paradise lost and paradise regained and paradise in purgatory. It's everything life and man should or shouldn't be, all at once. I can perfectly understand why someone wouldn't like this novel, wouldn't understand, wouldn't appreciate. But I also understand that if all the world were Amory-ish or Amory-leaning, Amory-sympathetic, Amory-lovers, or even Amory-haters - somehow the world would just collapse and be ruined. And I think this is also a bit of what Fitzgerald was trying to impart, so it is as it should be.
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am 16. Februar 1998
This book was a complete surprise. The structure and material are very fresh and original, although it is almost 100 years old. The plot is not atypical (life story, growing up, especially college) but I'll be damned if any one I ever met in college had conversations like this character and his friends. It makes the reader think - something this reader hasn't done in a few years (and certainly didn't do in college either!). I liked it very much. It touched my imagination and made me realize that I've been a little bit stagnant for some time... (I'm 30). I would recommend this book to anyone. It's very readable, with a lot to say about the world, and all of it applying to today's world as well as the writer's. Thank you, F. Scott.
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am 19. Januar 1998
F. Scott Fitzgerald has once again perfectly captured an entire generation in this book, yet did so in such a way that people can still relate today. Everyone can relate to Amory Blaine's plight of finding who you are amidst a generation that is lost and determined to do nothing substantial. Furthermore, Amory's incessant dissatisfaction with himself is something else we all can relate to. The reader is told that with Amory, "it was always the becoming he dreamed of, never the being." Amory always wanted to do things but never took the time to appreciate what he was. This Side of Paradise is a must read for anyone who wants to explore their own life, and how they are living it.
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am 24. Juli 1999
This book is somewhat immature in structure and language in comparison to later books, but it is also Fitzgerald's most honest and autobiographical work. It was done before his infatuation with society and success, and his alcoholism, diverted his intense ability to look at character and its manifestations in sharp relief-- into portrayals of more maudlin sentiment. Its a great 'young mans' book, an art form in itself, and always an important read of an author who achieved fame later in life.
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am 15. April 1999
I wrote a review a few months ago, carefully thought out, given what the book deserves, and apparently you did not publish it. The book is childish tripe, chiefly attractive because, with its ivy league "insight," undemanding readers will think they're in voyeurs' heaven. They aren't. Forget it. Get some brains and go try to figure out any Hemingway short story instead. You will spend more time on a Hem short of 4 pages than this couple hundred, if you have any probity. Treat yourself. If you can't probe, have some ice cream instead. I'm buying. Or a nap.
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am 2. März 2000
Being a 14-year-old, I thought that I would've probably liked this book - the main character being a young man who's really not sure of anything, as myself. But the book dealt a little too much with Amory's helpless egotism and conceitedness, thus lacking good storytelling - the damned thing never even reaches a climax. It even goes into a rather tedious part towards the ending which is almost written in the stream-of-consciousness technique, save that it's written in the form of prose and not in separate lines, as in Faulkner's The Sound and the Fury. All in all, the story was somewhat nice, but not as good as I thought it would be - keeping in mind that Fitzgerald wrote The Great Gatsby.
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