This Side of Paradise Author:F. Scott Fitzgerald Title and author embossed with gold leaf. — This Side of Paradise is the debut novel of F. Scott Fitzgerald. 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 wh... more »o dabbles in literature and has the book's theme of love warped by greed and status-seeking.
This book is written in 2 parts.
"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 in the Midwest his eccentric mother Beatrice and a priest who was a close family friend, Monsignor Darcy. At Princeton he falls in love with Isabelle Borg?, and despite his efforts to court her, he is rejected.
"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 passed away. The book ends with Amory's iconic lament "I know myself, but that is all-"« less