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Tender is the Night by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Tender is the Night (1934)

by F. Scott Fitzgerald

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A bit of a disappointment on rereading after many years. Writing is uneven and he skips through parts that don't seem to interest him. I read that he had a hard time writing this, and it shows. And the ending--what? What is he saying? He just drops his character off in small-town America, bereft of his children, bereft of any sort of successful life. Doesn't actually make sense. Gatsby was sooo much better. ( )
  fromthecomfychair | Jun 14, 2017 |
I read this in 2009 and never reviewed it. I remember liking it (better that Gatsby) but it isn't an uplifting story. Semi-autobiographical, it is the story of a doomed marriage. Set in the 20s, the couple are traveling in Europe and appear to be quite sophisticated and worldly. Zelda Fitzgerald was hospitalized in 1932 with schizophrenia. The author found himself in his darkest time when writing this book which he considered his greatest novel. The title is taken from the poem "Ode to a Nightingale" by John Keats. ( )
  Kristelh | Apr 3, 2017 |
I tried to give F. Scott Fitzgerald a second chance and I didn't like this book either. I can see the skill in his writing. But the book is about shallow vain people who live shallow empty lives.

I don't understand Rosemary's mother. She encourages her daughter to pursue a married man. She sends her not yet 18 year old daughter off to travel with a married man that Rosemary says she is in love with.

Dick's "friend" is in serious trouble. And his only reaction is annoyance at the inconvenience to him.

It was interesting to see him sign his name as Dicole - for Dick and Nicole. The name combining for couples has been around longer than I thought. ( )
  nx74defiant | Mar 12, 2017 |
I just couldn't like this book. ( )
  moonlight_reads | Dec 11, 2016 |
I found it hard to get into this book, it's a bit uneven, with jumps in time and location, and the characters all feel a bit flimsy. It's partly a timing thing as I was trying to read it just after the Brexit vote in the UK so was distracted by the news, but I think I expected something more like Gatsby in it's length and precision and this just didn't live up to that expectation. ( )
  AlisonSakai | Oct 9, 2016 |
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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
F. Scott Fitzgeraldprimary authorall editionscalculated
Clark, BradleyCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Cowley, MalcolmPrefacesecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Cowley, MalcolmEditorsecondary 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


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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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