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This Side of Paradise

«“As nearly perfect as such a work could be . . . The glorious spirit of abounding youth glows throughout this fascinating tale. Amory, the romantic egotist, is essentially American.” –The New York Times

“[A] bravura display of literary promise . . . Fitzgerald’s prose is capable of soaring like a violin, and of moving his readers with understated husky notes as well as with notes of piercing purity . . . Fitzgerald knew that glamour was bound to fail, that there is an ineradicable human instinct for it which is utterly mistaken.” –from the Introduction by Craig Raine»

Presents the story of a young man's painful sexual and intellectual awakening that echoes Fitzgerald's own career. Les mer

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Presents the story of a young man's painful sexual and intellectual awakening that echoes Fitzgerald's own career.

Detaljer

Forlag
Penguin Classics
Innbinding
Innbundet
Språk
Engelsk
Sider
304
ISBN
9780141194097
Utgivelsesår
2010
Format
20 x 14 cm

Om forfatteren

F. Scott Fizgerald was born in 1896 in St Paul, Minnesota, and went to Princeton University, which he left in 1917 to join the army. He was said to have epitomized the Jazz Age, which he himself defined as 'a generation grown up to find all Gods dead, all wars fought, all faiths in man shaken'. In 1920 he married Zelda Sayre. Their traumatic marriage and her subsequent breakdowns became the leading influence on his writing. Among his publications were five novels, This Side of Paradise, The Great Gatsby, The Beautiful and Damned, Tender is the Night and The Last Tycoon (his last and unfinished work). Fitzgerald died suddenly in 1940.

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«“As nearly perfect as such a work could be . . . The glorious spirit of abounding youth glows throughout this fascinating tale. Amory, the romantic egotist, is essentially American.” –The New York Times

“[A] bravura display of literary promise . . . Fitzgerald’s prose is capable of soaring like a violin, and of moving his readers with understated husky notes as well as with notes of piercing purity . . . Fitzgerald knew that glamour was bound to fail, that there is an ineradicable human instinct for it which is utterly mistaken.” –from the Introduction by Craig Raine»

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l
lily – 23.05.2005

– Imagine having a baby, and everyday telling him hes the most amazing thing that ever was. Fifteen years later you will have a boy like Amory Blaine, the dorky antihero we learn to love as we follow him through school and early adulthood. His ego is enormous, and his confidence hard to rattle. Needless to say; his metaphorical fall from grace and his own inflated ego is rather harsh. Written when the author was only 23, its a semi-autobiographical book, reflecting on a generation of young men whose gods were dead, wars fought and ideals spread to the winds. They were raised in one world, and became men in another, leaving them unsure of their place in the world. Its a poignant and romantic story about the lost generation of the Jazz Age, beautifully written, despite being a little rough around the edges. Fitzgerald experiments with lots of different techniques, from play to poetry to well-known novel, but the disjointed style fits the mood and theme of the book. (And besides, Fitzgerald was talented enough to pull of just about everything.) A classic coming of age story, and a gem that deserves just as much praise as The Great Gatsby

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