This Side of Paradise Book Summary and Study Guide

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I think of this book as the precursor to Catcher in the Rye. It's not an oustanding, extraordinary book (unless you're a huge Fitzgerald fan, like me), but is still a great meditation. Amory Blaine is the central character in this book, and his life is closely based on Fitzgerald, right down to his almost alma mater, Princeton. Fitzgerald wrote this book rather quickly, basing some of his styles on what he had heard about James Joyce's Ulysses (not yet completed at that time): There's a section that's written in play format. It's a good introduction to the themes that Fitzgerald would explore in his later works, and can be enjoyed by just about anyone.
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The review of this Book prepared by David J. Peterson

This book is classic literature by Fitzgerald. Beautifully written prose. No real plot or action. Story of a young man growing up in the world of the twenties. Plenty of thought and ideas of the time.
The review of this Book prepared by Russ

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Plot & Themes

Time/era of story    -   1900-1920's Romance/Romance Problems    -   Yes Political/social activism    -   Yes Plotlet:    -   fighting discrim. (other than racial/gender)    -   religious issues Other aspects:    -   story of "the rich" Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Ethnic/regional/gender life    -   Yes Lover is    -   of a different social class

Main Character

Gender    -   Male Profession/status:    -   student    -   writer Age:    -   a teen    -   20's-30's


How much descriptions of surroundings?    -   2 () United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Northeast City?    -   Yes City:    -   New York    -   wealthy

Writing Style

Amount of dialog    -   significantly more descript than dialog

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