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Tender is the Night (1934)

by F. Scott Fitzgerald

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A story of Americans living 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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    orlando85: IMO it is his best book.
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The novels and short stories of F. Scott Fitzgerald seem to vary much in quality. I also wonder whether different readers favour different works. For instance, I loved The beautiful and the damned and This side of paradise, but I hated most short stories, and The last tycoon. Unfortanately, Tender is the night joins the works that I dislike.

While superficially the novel seems to be well-written, no story emerges in my mind. I cannot follow the story from page to page, nor from chapter to chapter, and the structure of the book remains a mystery to me. I couldn't even tell what the book is about. ( )
  edwinbcn | Aug 23, 2023 |
After rereading Gatsby for the umpteenth time, I have to say that it is superior to _Tender Is the Night_, if only because it comes as close as any novel I have read to being the "Great American Novel". _Tender_ is more autobiographical, and for this reason the reader can get lost in the particulars, focusing more on the details of time and place while losing the thematic big picutre. ( )
  jonbrammer | Jul 1, 2023 |
  BegoMano | Mar 5, 2023 |
I admit, I may have approached this book with a certain apprehension. After my unpleasant experience with D H Lawrence, and also being a self-proclaimed critic of the Modernists in general (even you, Virginia Woolf, even you), I wasn’t too keen on starting this one. Truth is, I really should have been.

Tender is the Night is, at first, a little creepy, if you’re familiar with Fitzgerald and his married life. His wife, Zelda, was schizophrenic, and made his life a living hell. The poor guy did the only thing he knew he could do and wrote about it to deal with the stress, immortalizing her as the turbulent, mad Nicole Diver. All well and good there, kind of creepily autobiographical, but it’s fine.

But then there’s an extra layer of creepy because holy shit wait her husband used to be her therapist??????

Isn’t this why we have ethical laws?!

The premise of the story is simple enough: Dick Diver, married to Nicole, is in an unhappy marriage with a woman who is incredibly mentally ill. Dick, who seems to have a serious thing for younger women, has an affair with a film star who’s only just turned eighteen. The rest of the story is the deterioration of both Dick and his marriage, as Nicole somehow seems to come out of the whole thing stronger. As one of my old literature professors used to say, Dick is a diver, he goes down, while Nicole goes up. She’s like a parasite, taking all his happiness from him to fuel her own life.

The novel is easy to read and follow, a stark difference from Women in Love, which you will all remember I actually despised. The characters might not be incredibly likable, but they’re very real characters with very real worries. I loved reading this, immersing myself into the world of 1920s psychology and the upper class worries of the time. By the end of the book, I was almost sad to see the characters go, which speaks volumes about the way Fitzgerald can write a believable and likable cast of characters.

Kudos there, mate.

Final rating: 4/5. Any literature nerd has to read this. ( )
  viiemzee | Feb 20, 2023 |
Yet again, another Fitzgerald book that is completely different from the other books. Again that is a good thing. After reading all of these F. Scott's novel I'm picking up why he is one of the best American writers. Not only does he capture American life, he also shows that he doesn't need to keep writing a Gatsby novel to prove he is a good writer. However, I still think Gatsby is his best book. Paradise and Tender are in a tie with me and Beautiful and the Dammed is my lest favorite...out of the novels he actually finished.

This book had an unexpected turn with me. I had no idea what this novel was about other than the fact it was two Americans living in France. I didn't realize there was an affair going on nor did I expect the second part to focus on insanity. I kind of liked this, but just want expecting it.

I think this books makes it obvious that F. Scott was going through a hard time when Zelda was in Switzerland at an institution. I think that is why the second and third part of the book suddenly had a different tone. It got serious and more technical with stuff. It's almost like he wrote this to coupe with Zelda. I found the ending a bit odd though once you know who's who.

Not sure if I want to read Tycoon or not next, but I'm basically done with all his finished novels. Tycoon is unfinished. Sometime I want to read his short stories too. ( )
  Ghost_Boy | Aug 25, 2022 |
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Puede que sea una de las novelas más icónicas de cuantas escribieron los prolíficos autores de la Generación perdida. “Suave es la noche” de Francis Scott Fitzgerald es considerada por crítica y pueblo llano como una de las mejores, si no la mejor, obra del escritor norteamericano.
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. Scottprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
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
Neves, HannaÜbersetzersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Pivano, FernandaEditorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Potter, DennisIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Richartz, Walter E.Übersetzersecondary 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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Penguin Australia

2 editions of this book were published by Penguin Australia.

Editions: 0141183594, 0141045213


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