Maybe a tad slow going, but by and large, you'll fall in love with Amory. If you stick with this one, I promise it's worth it -- the last 50 pages fly by and will endear this character to you beyond all others. Probably the most stunning part is that this is Fitzgerald's first novel - and semi-autobiographical.
Very typical Fitzgerald...a really quick read.
It may be a function of my current mood, but this book just didn't grab me. On a page by page basis, the writing is good and I could get caught up in it for a bit. When I was halfway through and didn't care enough about what happened to keep reading, I had to conclude that I just didn't like the book all that much.
I am an avid lover of F. Scott Fitzgerald, but this book didn't do it for me. It just seemed to go on and on and on about nothing in particular. I loved Great Gatsby, Tender is the Night and Beautiful and the Damned.
The only Fitgerald book I've read, I found his writing lyrical and impressive. He wrote the kind of sentences that you repeat to your friends.
The story of Amory Blaine--from prep school to Princeton, from his moral education to his sexual awakening--it follows this young "romantic egotist" to the beginning of his quest for a great destiny.