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In the novel, Dick is eventually ruined--professionally, emotionally, and spiritually--by his union with Nicole. Fitzgerald's fate was not quite so novelistically neat: after Zelda was diagnosed as a schizophrenic and committed, Fitzgerald went to work as a Hollywood screenwriter in 1937 to pay her hospital bills. He died three years later--not melodramatically, like poor Jay Gatsby in his swimming pool, but prosaically, while eating a chocolate bar and reading a newspaper. Of all his novels, Tender Is the Night is arguably the one closest to his heart. As he himself wrote, "Gatsby was a tour de force, but this is a confession of faith."
He has friends, beautiful children, money, ability, and so much love for his wife Nicole.
Fitzgerald combines a genius for writing wonderful character insights with great `background painting' - some of his descriptions of settings are truly masterpieces.
The book is slow to start -- it is in 3 parts -- and until Part 2 not much of it will make sense.
This is a discredit to the reputation of F. Scott Fitzgerald. It is overwritten and uninterestingPublished 12 days ago by Stewart Weinberg
Like so many writers of his time a lot of nothing happens in this book but the writing is superb. What more can I say?Published 1 month ago by grs