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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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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 |
every fitzgerald book is basically "rich people have problems too :(". obscuring the narrative discourse (in a bizarre, not very effective way) doesn't make it any more meaningful. ( )
  livingtoast | Jan 23, 2019 |
It took Fitzgerald nine years to complete this book after he published his masterpiece, The Great Gatsby and those nine years made for a disjointed and disappointing effort.

Ostensibly the story of a psychiatrist and his disturbed wife living on the French Riviera, it is really the story of Fitzgerald and his wife, Zelda, and is eerily prescient of the sad end of Fitzgerald's life sic=x years after this book was published. You can see Fitzgerald's talent draining away and it's a sad sight to see ( )
  etxgardener | Jan 12, 2019 |
In terms of prose alone, this book is Fitzgerald's masterpiece. It easily surpasses The Great Gatsby. However, the autobiographical elements are disturbing on quite a few levels, and the utter darkness of the ending is—unlike Gatsby & other similarly bleak denouements in classic works of literature—diminishing, pointless, and alienating way that hurts the story's overall poignance. But maybe that's because I was rooting (rightfully) for the ladies, and felt very little sympathy for Dick. ( )
  epaulettes | Jan 3, 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


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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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2 editions of this book were published by Penguin Australia.

Editions: 0141183594, 0141045213


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