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Tender Is the Night by F.Scott Fitzgerald

Tender Is the Night (original 1934; edition 1997)

by F.Scott Fitzgerald

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It is 1925, and Richard Diver is the high priest of the good life on the white sands of the French Riviera. The Beautiful People- film stars, socialites, aristocrats- gather eagerly and bitchily around him and his wife Nicole. Beneath the breathtaking glamour, however, is a world of pain, and there is at the core of their lives a brittle hollowness. A beautiful, powerful and tragic novel.… (more)
Title:Tender Is the Night
Authors:F.Scott Fitzgerald
Info:Penguin Books Ltd (1997), Paperback
Collections:Your library
Tags:20thcentury, american, modernism, modernist, menandwomen, marriage, infidelity, alcohol, mentalillness, mentalstates, depression, schizophrenia, wealth, money, classic, frenchriviera, riviera, thirdperson, xy

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Tender is the Night by F. Scott Fitzgerald (Author) (1934)

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I've now read all Fitzgerald's completed novels. There are flashes of brilliant prose, but the whole thing could have benefited from a decent editor. The book got better as it went; I was as mystified as anyone by the duel. Considering how long it took him to write (nine years!), it's little surprise that the passage of time is evoked particularly well. But in the end, we simply don't care about Dick Diver, who is a too-lightly fictionalized version of Scott himself. ( )
  charlyk | Nov 15, 2019 |
I can see why people don't like it - it features the unpleasant realization that you might not be who you think you are. That's a bitter pill. I like the subtle narrative shifts. Appropriate reading followup to The Magic Mountain, which I recently completed. Many quotable passages.
It's not "a mess" as reported with regard to structure. It's arranged in 3 sections. They are informal in their layout, but always refer to the first section as a primary point of reference. The essential structure of the novel, seems more to have to do with the relationship Dick Divers has with a number of the secondary characters who serve as foils. In short, it is a quintessential character study.
I've always liked Gatsby, but this is a stronger brew. Very impressed. Another read is in order. ( )
  arthurfrayn | Sep 19, 2019 |
This is Fitzgerald's last novel and is supposed to be heavily influenced by his marriage to Zelda. This book witnesses the descent of Dick and Nicole Divers' marriage, due in part to her schizophrenia and his drinking. Nicole starts at one of Dick's patients and he ends up marrying her. He has an affair with a young actress, there's murder, and more affairs.

I really didn't like this. Maybe the topic was just too dark for this time of year, but it was one of those books where I didn't like any of the characters and the writing didn't make up for it. ( )
  japaul22 | Jul 8, 2019 |
Everyone should go through a Fitzgerald phase, preferably when they are young. I recommend starting with the short stories as a young teen and working your way through the rest as they fall into your hands. ( )
  Paperpuss | Feb 25, 2019 |
I'm just waiting for Miley Cyrus to play Rosemary. Purists will froth and rail. Book clubs across the first world will read and murmur, becoming appropriately misty-eyed when the Great War is broached. The Divers plight inspire much murmuring and nodding: they lost everything. Consequently and for really wrong reasons legions of people will discover this amazing novel. Is there an availible calculus to ascertain the propriety of these developments? Instead I'll the reference the sage Tegan and Sara and ponder the Business of Art.

Dulling, will you see the picture?

Alas, likely not. (sigh) ( )
  jonfaith | Feb 22, 2019 |
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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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