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This Side of Paradise

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Published: 1920
Language: English
Wordcount: 80,484 / 235 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 82.8
LoC Category: PS
Audiobook: librivox.org
Downloads: 20,708
mnybks.net#: 2607
Origin: gutenberg.org

Wealthy and attractive Princeton student Amory Blaine dabbles in literature and romance, and becomes disillusioned by the greed and social climbing of post-World War I American youth.

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y yes sure."

He looked at her again, and then dropped his eyes. He had lashes.

"I'm awful," he said sadly. "I'm diff'runt. I don't know why I make faux pas. 'Cause I don't care, I s'pose." Then, recklessly: "I been smoking too much. I've got t'bacca heart."

Myra pictured an all-night tobacco debauch, with Amory pale and reeling from the effect of nicotined lungs. She gave a little gasp.

"Oh, Amory, don't smoke. You'll stunt your growth!"

"I don't care," he persisted gloomily. "I gotta. I got the habit. I've done a lot of things that if my fambly knew"he hesitated, giving her imagination time to picture dark horrors"I went to the burlesque show last week."

Myra was quite overcome. He turned the green eyes on her again. "You're the only girl in town I like much," he exclaimed in a rush of sentiment. "You're simpatico."

Myra was not sure that she was, but it sounded stylish though vaguely improper.

Thick dusk had descended outside, and as the limousine made

Reader Reviews

Average Rating of 3.5 from 4 reviews: ****
2014.06.04
Jim Widgren
****.

As mentioned earlier, lots of word run-ons without correct spaces - but you get used to it quickly. A wonderful look at undergraduate life at Princeton before frat boy eliteism became toxic. Also a telescopic view of Amories growth from rotten spoiled priveledge into a semblance of self suffficiency. You unexpectedly and repeated get doses of poetry, which is surprisingly good.

2010.11.08
Bryan Tarlowski
***..

A great story of vanity. The spacing between words is sometimes incorrect in this copy, wordswill sometimes runtogather. Sort of an annoyance, wished someone checked it before uploading it.

i think the book wasnt very good but maybe thats because im into love stories and sexual books.

2006.12.19
Ehsan
*****

very good


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