This year I am loving participating in challenges of all sorts. Right now I am listening to the book I’ve selected for The 1920 Club which is going on this month and is hosted by Simon at Stuck in a Book and Karen at Kaggsy’s Bookish Ramblings. Many people like to start off the Club month with a review of the books they’ve already read from that year. Since one of my first major book crushes was published that year, I decided to do this post.
First, the “Other” Book from 1920
I was the perfect age for both the Rex Harrison film and then the cartoon series–which featured some early tie-in merchandise. I obtained my copy of the book (which looks like this–I still have it, but didn’t go looking for it just for a photo) thru the Scholastic Book Club at school and my Mom read it aloud to us. I was also just leaving my phase of wanting to be a veterinarian at this time. I was a horse, dog, and cat nut even then. The book, movie, and even the cartoon were perfect for me. Modern parents reading an older edition will want to know that there are a few words in the books that were used in the 1920s that we regard as offensive today. Instead of throwing out the book, just skip or change the words, ok? It’s delightful. The Story of Doctor Dolittle
My 1920 Book Crush: This Side of Paradise by F. Scott Fitzgerald
I do not like this cover!!
Scott Fitzgerald’s debut novel was one of his very best in my humble opinion at least! I fell in love with the name “Amory Blaine” and harbored a brief idea of naming a future son that (I was 15 or 16 at the time). I loved the atmosphere of the book even more. The romance, the war, the–all of it. I recall when I finished I wanted to read it again–and eventually did the next year I believe. I remember the emotions–the story is hazier. Click on the linked title below and you can read the blurb at Amazon if you are unfamiliar with the book. This Side of Paradise by F. Scott Fitzgerald