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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." --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
You will feel like each of them is an old friend by the time the novel ends.
Fitzgerald combines a genius for writing wonderful character insights with great `background painting' - some of his descriptions of settings are truly masterpieces.
Unfortunately, the plot is painfully slow and rambling, the characters are shallow and unlikable, and the message seems confused and obscure.
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 9 days ago by grs
I can't seem to get these characters out of my mind, which is the sign of a great story. What is interesting to me is how modern the story seems, the dialogue, the plot and the... Read morePublished 24 days ago by Linda Umstead
I'm not entirely certain even Fitzgerald quite knew the point of this mess, unless it was to convey the moral "Never marry a mental patient you're treating", which is... Read morePublished 24 days ago by Jennifer Grey
Recently I went on a FSF reading binge; however I just have not yet been able to "get into" this one. Read morePublished 26 days ago by Abigail Adams