2015/06/27

Book Review:
This Side of Paradise by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Title: This Side of Paradise
Author: F. Scott Fitzgerald
Published: 1920
Language: English
Pages: 267
Rating: 3/5


Summary:
Amory Blaine is handsome, spoiled and idealistic, and completely sure he is destined for greatness. We follow him through his experience at Princeton, during World War I, through several loves and see him grow into a part of the "Lost Generation".


Review:
I had zero idea what this book was about, and I had no expectations other than the fact that I know Fitzgerald is loved by many.

I found this book to be quite enjoyable. I quite like books where the main character are not necessarily bad people, but might not have so many redeemable characteristics. I felt like this was like that; Amory is pretentious, lazy and vain.

I found the writing to be quite nice, and I enjoy Fitzgeralds style of writing, which is also why I'll probably read more of his work. There are so many great sentences in his books. Fitzgerald experiments with many different writing styles, and I quite liked that. However, this story didn't move me. It didn't strike me in any particular way, and has therefore gotten a somewhat average rating.

I feel like this isn't the kind of book you read for the plot, but for the writing and for getting to know the author better. So, if that's your jam, this is for you!


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