This Side of Paradise
Read by Adam Sims
First published in 1920, This Side of Paradise proved to be a best-selling novel in Fitzgerald’s own lifetime. The book follows the early life and education of Amory Blaine and is, in fact, a thinly disguised account of Fitzgerald’s own experience as an undergraduate at Princeton and as an aspiring writer. Brilliantly original in its experimental narrative, it comprises a series of contrasting styles and structures.
The novel formed the launchpad for Fitzgerald’s career as a novelist and was received with enthusiasm on its publication, with the Chicago Daily News titling its review ‘Whew! How That Boy Can Write!’
Running Time: 9 h 33 m
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Digital ISBN: 978-1-78198-440-6 Cat. no.: NA0575 Produced by: Neil Rosser Edited by: Timothy Brown BISAC: FIC004000 BIC: FC Released: May 23
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Fitzgerald’s debut novel is well performed by a placid, measured Adam Sims. Amory Blaine’s life takes center stage, and the listener follows him from prep school through Princeton, from failed romances through struggles to find his place in the world. Sims’s voice is elegant and professional throughout the audiobook. His pace matches the action of the plot. His performance is at its best when Amory’s exploits are at the fore. The hero’s lengthy musings on life, art, politics, and the like can be ponderous, even when shared by Sims. But the tone of the Jazz Age permeates the work, and Sims does a fine job with the lively conversations and wide array of characters. The novel is no Gatsby, but Sims makes it worth a listen.