THIS SIDE OF PARADISE by F. Scott Fitzgerald - FULL AudioBook - From The Great Gatsby author, F. Scott Fitzgerald This Side of Paradise was his debut novel! Published in 1920, and taking its title from a line of the Rupert Brooke poem Tiare Tahiti, the book examines the lives and morality of post-World War I youth. Its protagonist, Amory Blaine, is an attractive Princeton University student who dabbles in literature. The novel explores the theme of love warped by greed and status-seeking. (summary from wikipedia.org)
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Chapter listing and length:
01 -- Book One, Ch 1 -- Amory, Son of Beatrice -- 00:29:36
02 -- Chapter 1, Part 2 -- 00:25:21
03 -- Chapter 1, Part 3 -- 00:21:32
04 -- Chapter 2, Part 1 -- 00:35:17
05 -- Chapter 2, Part 2 -- 00:38:29
06 -- Chapter 2, Part 3 -- 00:38:57
07 -- Chapter 3, Part 1 -- 00:39:36
08 -- Chapter 3, Part 2 -- 00:21:46
09 -- Chapter 4, Part 1 -- 00:31:34
10 -- Chapter 4, Part 2 -- 00:25:35
11 -- Chapter 4, Part 3 -- 00:30:10
12 -- Book Two, Chapter 1, Part 1 -- 00:29:41
13 -- Chapter 1, Part 2 -- 00:39:06
14 -- Chapter 2, Part 1 -- 00:30:00
15 -- Chapter 2, Part 2 -- 00:21:32
16 -- Chapter 3, Part 1 -- 00:27:19
17 -- Chapter 3, Part 2 -- 00:18:57
18 -- Chapter 4 -- 00:22:18
19 -- Chapter 5, Part 1 -- 00:27:32
20 -- Chapter 5, Part 2 -- 00:37:36
More about This Side of Paradise by F. Scott Fitzgerald -
"Book One: The Romantic Egotist"—the novel centers on Amory Blaine, a young Midwesterner who, convinced that he has an exceptionally promising future, attends boarding school and later Princeton University. He leaves behind his eccentric mother Beatrice and befriends a close friend of hers, Monsignor Darcy. While at Princeton he goes back to Minneapolis where he re-encounters Isabelle Borgé, a young lady whom he met as a little boy and starts a romantic relationship with her, but after a few days he becomes disillusioned by her and returns to Princeton.
"Interlude"—Following their break-up, Amory is shipped overseas, to serve in the army in World War I. Fitzgerald had been in the army himself, but the war ended while he was still stationed on Long Island. Amory's experiences in the war are not described, other than to say later in the book that he was a bayonet instructor.
"Book Two: The Education of a Personage"—After the war, Amory Blaine falls in love with a New York debutante named Rosalind Connage. Because he is poor, however, this relationship collapses as well; Rosalind decides to marry a wealthy man instead. A devastated Amory is further crushed to learn that his mentor Monsignor Darcy has died. The book ends with Amory's iconic lament, "I know myself, but that is all."
Many of the characters were drawn directly from Fitzgerald's own life:
Amory Blaine — the protagonist of the book, is clearly based on Fitzgerald. Both are from the Midwest, attended Princeton, had a failed romance with a debutante, served in the army, then had a failed romance with a second debutante (though after This Side of Paradise's success, Fitzgerald won back Zelda).
Beatrice Blaine — Blaine's mother was actually based on the mother of one of Fitzgerald's friends, rather than his own.
Isabelle Borgé — Amory Blaine's first love is based on Fitzgerald's first love, the Chicago debutante Ginevra King.
Monsignor Darcy — Blaine's spiritual mentor is based on a Monsignor Fay, to whom Fitzgerald was close. Fay was from Minneapolis.
Rosalind Connage — Amory Blaine's second love is based on Fitzgerald's second love, Zelda Sayre. Unlike Zelda, Rosalind was from New York. Rosalind is also partially based on the character Beatrice Normandy in H.G. Wells' novel Tono-Bungay.
Cecilia Connage — Rosalind's cynical younger sister.
Thomas Parke D'Invilliers—one of Blaine's close friends (also the fictitious author of the poem at the start of The Great Gatsby) was based on Fitzgerald's friend and classmate, the poet John Peale Bishop.
Eleanor Savage - a girl Amory meets in Maryland. They share their love for literature and they fall for each other during the summer. But they break up after Eleanor sends her horse off a cliff and nearly dies herself.
Clara Page - Amory's widowed cousin, whom he loves. But she doesn't love him back.
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