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Tender Is the Night (Cover May Vary) by F.…

Tender Is the Night (Cover May Vary) (original 1934; edition 1995)

by F. Scott Fitzgerald (Author)

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It is the French Riviera in the 1920s. Nicole and Dick Diver are a wealthy, elegant, magnetic couple. A coterie of admirers are drawn to them, none more so than the blooming young starlet Rosemary Hoyt. When Rosemary falls for Dick, the Diver's calculated perfection begins to crack. As dark truths emerge, Fitzgerald shows both the disintegration of a marriage and the failure of idealism. Tender is the Night is as sad as it is beautiful.… (more)
Title:Tender Is the Night (Cover May Vary)
Authors:F. Scott Fitzgerald (Author)
Info:Scribner (1995), Edition: Reissue, 320 pages
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Tender is the Night by F. Scott Fitzgerald (Author) (1934)

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  slojudy | Sep 8, 2020 |
I had forgotten how depressing F. Scott can be, and I think more than usual in this book. Talk about a tragic ending! ( )
  beautifulshell | Aug 27, 2020 |
Sad and haunting, this book shows the emotional maturity Fitzgerald developed after his experience with earlier success. The extended period it took to write this is a result of his struggles with alcoholism and his wife Zelda' s mental illness, both of which are part of the novel. ( )
  Chrissylou62 | Aug 1, 2020 |
I suppose I was hoping for something along the lines of Gatsby which I adore. I admit that I was dissapointed that Tender is the Night was not as good. ( )
  NicoleGable | Jul 9, 2020 |
If you mix a diverse cast of not-particularly likeable characters, with plenty of money and free time on their hands in the 1920s, what you get here is the creation of the French Riviera and the dissolution of most of their relationships.

In the way that it puts the meaningless lives of the leisure class under the microscope it is somewhat reminiscent of Aldous Huxley’s moneyed rompings (think Antic Hay, Eyeless in Gaza etc.), but with a dash less wit and almost none of the philosophical musings. However there is psychological depth, and at times less of the caricaturing that Huxley could lapse into. The character development is good throughout this book, and uncovering their psychological complexities drives the plot forward to some degree. It could be a bit shorter and less drawn out in places without losing its impact, and it frequently drags. Nevertheless, it is still well written on the most part and would make a good holiday read. ( )
  P_S_Patrick | Jun 17, 2020 |
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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
Schaap, H.W.J.Translatorsecondary 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, John Keats


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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]
There was a dust of Paris over both of them through which they scented each other: the rubber guard on Dick's fountain pen, the faintest odour of warmth from Rosemary's neck and shoulders.
To limber himself up he stood on his hands on a chair until his fountain pen and coins fell out.
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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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It is the French Riviera in the 1920s. Nicole and Dick Diver are a wealthy, elegant, magnetic couple. A coterie of admirers are drawn to them, none more so than the blooming young starlet Rosemary Hoyt. When Rosemary falls for Dick, the Diver's calculated perfection begins to crack. As dark truths emerge, Fitzgerald shows both the disintegration of a marriage and the failure of idealism. Tender is the Night is as sad as it is beautiful.

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