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Tender is the Night (1934)

by F. Scott Fitzgerald

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This classic novel was Fitzgerald's favorite of all that he had written and with good reason: the main characters were modeled after him and his wife Zelda. Set mainly on the Riveria and in Switzerland, it shows how the small crack in a marriage widens causing the marriage to fall apart, perhaps irrevocably.

The book opens in 1925 with Rosemary Hoyt going to the beach at the Riveria. She is traveling with her mother touring Europe's warm climate after suffering an illness doing a movie. She is just about to turn eighteen and gets invited to join the Divers' party after spending a day with the boring other crowds of Americans there. The Divers, Nicole and Dick are captivating, especially Dick. But there is also Mary and Abe North, who is a musician who hasn't composed anything in years and drinks too much, and Tommy Barden who keeps running off to a war somewhere to fight and is in love with Nicole.

Rosemary and her mother had only planned on staying for a few days, but Rosemary finds herself falling in love with Dick, so they extend their stay. Dick resists her for as long as he can but soon he gives in as long as Nicole never knows and there's a reason why she must never know. The book is divided into three parts and the second part goes back and shows how Nicole and Dick came to be together.

You don't want to feel sorry for Dick and pull for him, but for a while, you kind of do. Maybe it's because the point of view becomes his. Also, Nicole is seen as a bit of a succubus who sucks the life out of Dick. But Nicole is the wronged party and the one hurt by these events. This situation will have long-term repercussions that will continue to affect their marriage and widen the crack further. This book is a classic for a reason, it is well written with beautiful colorful language that drips from the page. It is very well worth reading.

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Tell a secret over the radio, publish it in a tabloid, but never tell it to a man who drinks more than three or four a day.
-F. Scott Fitzgerald (Tender Is the Night p 75)

It was often easier to give a show than to watch one.
-F. Scott Fitzgerald (Tender Is the Night p 89)

Sometimes it is harder to deprive oneself of a pain than of a pleasure.
-- F. Scott Fitzgerald, (Tender is the Night p 167)

No Aryan is able to profit by a humiliation; when he forgives it has become part of his life, he has identified himself with the thing which humiliated him—an upshot that in the case was impossible.
-F. Scott Fitzgerald (Tender Is The Night p 234)

Either one learns politeness at home or the world teaches it to you with a whip and you get hurt in the process.
-F. Scott Fitzgerald (Tender Is the Night p 255) ( )
  nicolewbrown | Dec 11, 2017 |
It's pretty clear why FSF is one of the literary greats. However, I find it difficult not to experience his work without feeling the darkness of the Robert Redford movie-version of The Great Gatsby. Tender is the Night keeps the excesses of the Jazz Age alive but with a sense of the impending doom. The ordinariness that culminates in the conclusion made me feel sad for the extraordinariness of the story in Book I, and worry about where my own future will lead. I also find it difficult to read FSF without thinking about Hemingway, even though FSF established himself sometime before the latter. Nonetheless, FSF's characters are more highly developed than Hemingway's, and in many ways FSF's work is much more academic while being somewhat less self-indulgent. At the same time, self-indulgence is not lacking in Tender is the Night. Rather, I think that FSF forces the reader to appear self-indulgent, rather than Hemingway's self-indulgence experienced through the low-visibility narrator who masks the author's modus operandi. Regardless, there is nothing better than alternating between Fitzgerald and Hemingway while getting caught up in the "Lost Generation" set amidst the "Jazz Age". I can't help thinking, too, how much FSF and Hemingway influenced Woody Allen's work, although that is another story. Tender is the Night was a difficult read and well worth the effort, though I doubt I could have understood it had I had less experience with living. Self-indulgent, to be sure, but the experience alone was the highlight of the novel. By way of confirmation, now I must return to Veblen to see how much his Theory of the Leisure Class impacted upon Fitzgerald. ( )
  madepercy | Nov 7, 2017 |
I liked it, and at the time I loved it, even, but thinking back I don't really remember why I particularly liked it. I guess it was just Fitzgerald's writing that dragged me in. The topic itself is interesting, but I wouldn't say it beats the Great Gatsby... ( )
  johnharry123 | Oct 8, 2017 |
How many people remember this from their English lit days? Tender is the Night is a study in the push-pull of relationships at their strongest and weakest. Dick Diver is a wealthy psychiatrist who falls for the mentally unstable Nicole Warren. A doctor marrying a patient begins as a dance between crazy and sane. Both are wealthy, society driven people with magnetic, charming personalities. The French Riviera serves as the backdrop and Mr. and Mrs. Gerald Murphy serve as the inspiration for the the first half of Tender is the Night. Zurich, Switzerland and Fitzgerald's relationship with his mentally ill wife, Zelda, help finish the rest of the story. Overall, it is a tragic display of how mental illness infects like a contagion, bringing down even the most solid of minds. ( )
1 vote SeriousGrace | Sep 12, 2017 |
How many people remember this from their English lit days? Tender is the Night is a study in the push-pull of relationships at their strongest and weakest. Dick Diver is a wealthy psychiatrist who falls for the mentally unstable Nicole Warren. A doctor marrying a patient begins as a dance between crazy and sane. Both are wealthy, society driven people with magnetic, charming personalities. The French Riviera serves as the backdrop and Mr. and Mrs. Gerald Murphy serve as the inspiration for the the first half of Tender is the Night. Zurich, Switzerland and Fitzgerald's relationship with his mentally ill wife, Zelda, help finish the rest of the story. Overall, it is a tragic display of how mental illness infects like a contagion, bringing down even the most solid of minds.
  SeriousGrace | Sep 6, 2017 |
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The beauty of Tender lies as much in its parts as its whole. In just a snatch of dialogue or a few lines of description, Fitzgerald can evoke the happy, troubled and perilous balance of a group of friends or the moment when a long friendship is ruined for good. Pre-occupied with surfaces, he is never limited by them. His most persuasive characters are complex self-reflective creations; glamorous, but with a questioning intelligence, a sense of irony and the possibility of true integrity which makes it all the more tragic when they sacrifice themselves for cheap pleasures or worldly effect.
added by Nickelini | editIndependent, Melissa Benn (Mar 7, 2008)
 
"a confused exercise in self-pity"
added by GYKM | editThe Nation, Margaret Marshall
 
"Compared to the motivation in Faulkner, it is logic personified. "
added by GYKM | editNew York Times, John Chamberlain (Apr 16, 1934)
 

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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Fitzgerald, F. ScottAuthorprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Clark, BradleyCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Cowley, MalcolmEditorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Cowley, MalcolmPrefacesecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Guidall, GeorgeNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Harte, Glynn BoydIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Li, CherlynneCover designersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Moix, TerenciTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Pivano, FernandaEditorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Potter, DennisIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Scribner III, CharlesIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Shenton, EdwardIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Already with thee! tender is the night...But here there is no light, Save what from heaven is with the breezes blown through verdurous glooms and winding mossy ways. -Ode to a Nightingale
Dedication
TO

GERALD and SARA

MANY FETES
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The hotel and its bright, tan prayer rug of a beach were one.
On the pleasant shore of the French Riviera, about half way between Marseilles and the Italian border, stands a large, proud, rose-colored hotel. [Sentence one, p. 3, of Scribner edition]
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Diese deutsche Übersetzung "folgt der ursprünglichen Fassung von 1934. Die 1982 bei Diogenes ebenfalls unter dem Titel "Zärtlich ist die Nacht" erschienene Ausgabe beruhte auf einer 1951 bei Charles Scribner's Sons postum herausgegebenen Fassung."
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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 068480154X, Paperback)

In the wake of World War I, a community of expatriate American writers established itself in the salons and cafes of 1920s Paris. They congregated at Gertrude Stein's select soirees, drank too much, married none too wisely, and wrote volumes--about the war, about the Jazz Age, and often about each other. F. Scott Fitzgerald and his wife, Zelda, were part of this gang of literary Young Turks, and it was while living in France that Fitzgerald began writing Tender Is the Night. Begun in 1925, the novel was not actually published until 1934. By then, Fitzgerald was back in the States and his marriage was on the rocks, destroyed by Zelda's mental illness and alcoholism. Despite the modernist mandate to keep authors and their creations strictly segregated, it's difficult not to look for parallels between Fitzgerald's private life and the lives of his characters, psychiatrist Dick Diver and his former patient turned wife, Nicole. Certainly the hospital in Switzerland where Zelda was committed in 1929 provided the inspiration for the clinic where Diver meets, treats, and then marries the wealthy Nicole Warren. And Fitzgerald drew both the European locale and many of the characters from places and people he knew from abroad.

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."

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A story of Americans on the French Riviera in the 1930s is a portrait of psychological disintegration as a wealthy couple supports friends and hangers-on financially and emotionally at the cost of their own stability.

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