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The Last Tycoon

3.6 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
ISBN-13: 978-0020199502
ISBN-10: 0020199503
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Scribner (August 1, 1988)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0020199503
  • ISBN-13: 978-0020199502
  • Product Dimensions: 4.1 x 0.4 x 7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #446,574 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Phillip Zapkin on September 9, 2009
Format: Paperback
The biggest problem with this novel is that Fitzgerald never finished it. The Scribner Classics editors provided a decent resource in trying to reconstruct the rest of the novel from Fitzgerald's notes and letters, but it just falls apart once we lost Fitzgerald's narrative structure and voice.

The novel itself is fascinating in its treatment of gender. Fitzgerald tries to use a female narrator, but there are points when she is so overly feminized that she becomes almost absurd. Plus, Fitzgerald's characteristic admiration for strong, lonely male figures continues straight from Gatsby to Monroe Stahr.

Another critically interesting element in this novel is the economic commentary coming from Fitzgerald's characters. They struggle with union problems, business issues, financial issues, and the business practices of 1940's Hollywood. It is fascinating to hear the commentary on the Post-Depression film industry.

One warning though, Fitzgerald provides an ambivalent portrayal of Jews.
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Format: Paperback
While I am not really a Fitzgerald fan I am not sure how relyable this review is, but I had to read the book for a class. I think if you like his style the book is good, and many say that it would have been his best work had he been able to finish it. Because there is no ending, and the plot is not that enticing you really must read the book for readings sake and not to get a great adventure from it. If you have the time check it out and hopefuly it will do more for you then me, but otherwise this would not be my first choice of books.
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