|Plot Summary of This Side of Paradise|
|"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."
Russ, Resident Scholar
|"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."
David J. Peterson, Resident Scholar
|Review Analysis of This Side of Paradise|
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Time/era of story
Kind of romance:
- GENERAL--no other subplots apply
- fighting discrim. (other than racial/gender)
- religious issues
- story of "the rich"
Is this an adult or child's book?
- Adult or Young Adult Book
- of a different social class
- a teen
How sensitive is this character?
- sensitive to others' feelings
Sense of humor
- Mostly serious with occasional humor
- Smarter than most other characters
- average physique
How much of work is main antagonist actually present in:
- almost none
How much descriptions of surroundings?
- 2 ()
- New York
- mostly 1st
Accounts of torture and death?
- no torture/death
- a lot of stream of consciousness
Amount of dialog
- significantly more descript than dialog
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