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The Love of the Last Tycoon Paperback – April 14, 1995
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In Monroe Stahr, the hero and last tycoon, Fitzgerald has created a character to rival Gatsby's charisma--in fact, if Stahr had been more fully developed, as the working notes included with text hinted that he would have been, it's very possible that he would have exceeded Gatsby in that regard. Stahr is ultimately a compelling man of mixed personas, and because of such you care about him, you wonder at him, and you're almost happy that Fitzgerald was never able to doom him to the tragic ending that he had in mind.
The most wonderful aspect of this novel is that it seems to me as though Fitzgerald was taking some kind of risk with it. I cannot put my finger on exactly what makes this so, but there is a different mood, a different energy to it. It's like we're seeing what Fitzgerald could have been like, unburdened of care and freshly in love with writing and life. It's a side of this superb writer that I would have dearly liked to have seen more of.
I thoroughly enjoyed *The Love of the Last Tycoon*--I realized, perhaps even moreso than after reading Gatsby, that Fitzgerald's romanticism shines in everything that he does, adding a luminous quality to his prose that proved ellusive to a great number of his peers.
The lapse provides welcome proof of the endurance of Fitzgerald's talent over time. We can only imagine what biting, incisive insights he would have come up with if magically sent to chronicle the 1990s.
Fitzgerald's "Unfinished Symphony" is presented in this Scribner paperback edition in a way that will appeal to both casual readers and serious students. Leading Fitzgerald expert Matthew Bruccoli has assembled the fragments of this book into a gripping and highly readable narrative, and the publisher has included a detailed preface exploring FSF's thoughts at the genesis of the work, as well as a selection of working notes which will delight writing students looking for some insight into the workings of a great mind.
This book tells the story of Monroe Stahr, an early Hollywood producer who makes his mark on the industry almost at its very inception. Stahr's word is law within his studio, and a single order from him is enough to reshape, delay or outright kill a film in process. Since the death of his wife, actress Minna Davis, Stahr's job is his life - a life that illness and overwork threaten to cut short. But a chance sighting of englishwoman Kathleen Moore brings back a flood of old memories and new desires. Stahr's pursuit of Moore leads him briefly into the world outside the studio, and then her actions leave him reeling from the blows just when his rivals gang up against him.Read more ›
And also unlike Gatsby, Stahr falls in love with a woman who is nothing like the typical "Fitzgerald heroine." Kathleen Moore, a bit part player who physically resembles the idealized Minna Davis, is definitely NOT, as Fitzgerald described his most famous female character (Daisy Buchanan) "the king's daughter, the golden girl."
She is rather a woman making her own way alone in the world, not like the pampered society girls based on Fitzgerald's own wife, Zelda, or his lost love from his college days, Ginevra King. Born in a London slum, Kathleen is beautiful, but grew up in even more impoverished circumstances than Stahr, and is an orphan; she literally survives by a series of alliances with men in more fortunate positions.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I have read this before and I was always frustrated by the lack of an ending. I love Fitzgerald, his wonderful prose, his ability to make the reader understand his characters. Read morePublished 6 months ago by California Girl
Very interesting book. I really wanted to hate it at most times, mostly because the lead male, Monroe, was very needy. But overall it told a very good story. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
THIS REVIEW IS FOR THE KINDLE EDITION ONLY. Be aware that the "Kindle Edition" being offered up here is NOT the Restored/Authorized Bruccoli edition of this novel. Read morePublished 7 months ago by J Tilton
This is not a book. This “novel” is the cobbled-together, half-written notes of a half-baked idea, a clear cash grab if ever there was one. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Kurt Russell
As a work in progress,this unfinished last effort by Fitzgerald is worth reading.One can only guess what the final result would have been. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Bob Iannaccone
My feeble words cannot come close to the awe I feel every time I finish the last page of another Fitzgerald, be it novel or short story. Read morePublished 13 months ago by sir henry