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Tender is the Night: A Romance (Penguin Modern Classics) (original 1934; edition 2001)

by F. Scott Fitzgerald (Author)

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'Tender is the Night' is based upon the author's unhappy marriage, and was written as he was experiencing the tragedies of his wife's nervous breakdown and his own decline.
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Title:Tender is the Night: A Romance (Penguin Modern Classics)
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Tender is the Night by F. Scott Fitzgerald (1934)

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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 |
Summers by the sea, sailboats in Capri,
These memories shall be our very own.
Even though our dreams may vanish
With the morning light,
We loved once in splendor
How tender, how tender, the night.


Perhaps when people burn too brightly, they burn out too soon. One thinks of such things, when reading Fitzgerald, as once glamorous movie stars who turn into haggard parodies of themselves. Dick Divers is such a one. He is brilliant, enthralling; a meteor streaking across the stage of life. His marriage to Nicole Warren, an heiress who suffers from mental illness brought on by a sordid event early in her life, is a disaster. He attempts to operate as both her husband and her doctor, and succeeds in being swept into her strained world, which does more to ruin him than to help her.

The dualism in his views of her--that of the husband, that of the psychiatrist--was increasingly paralyzing his faculties. In these six years she had several times carried him over the line with her, disarming by exciting emotional pity or by a flow of wit, fantastic and disassociated, so that only after the episode did he realize with the consciousness of his own relaxation from tension, that she had succeeded in getting a point against his better judgment.

Theirs is a shallow world, made up of trysts, parties, bar fights, and beach lounging. They have too much money to necessitate work or encourage meaningful endeavor. They are bright and shiny and alive, with no place to go except down into dullness, dissipation and ennui.

So much of Fitzgerald’s own struggles with Zelda have found their way into this book, that it is easy to believe everything that the main character, Dick Diver, experiences and thinks. While many authors manage to write books completely divorced from their own experiences, Fitzgerald borders on autobiography in his. Perhaps part of the fascination is looking for glimpses of the man behind the characters he invents.

The novel is divided into three books, the first of which lays a foundation for things to come. I felt almost sickened by the casual flirting and purposelessness of the characters in this section. I was not truly interested in any of them. But, book two advances the story beyond the surface and delves into the heart of these people, and I was happy to have stayed for the finish of the ride. By the end, I felt a great deal of emotion for both Dick and Nicole and the kind of sadness one might feel for real people who seem to be handed the world and waste the opportunity.

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  mattorsara | Aug 11, 2022 |
This one was a slog for me and a bit of a hot mess in my opinion. The low rating is because of the writing style by F. Scott Fitzgerald and not content related. I was disappointed because I so badly wanted to like it. Every time I felt a glimpse of hope throughout the novel, I was let down. ( )
  mandarella | Jul 11, 2022 |
Fitzgerald nekem kedves szerzőm, alighanem azért, mert nagyvilágian hajlékony prózája mögött elementáris feszültségek bújnak meg: a széthullás, a talajvesztés apokaliptikus víziója. Fényét pedig csak emelik sziporkázó, artisztikus mondatai, amelyek utánozhatatlanul tudnak megragadni egy képet vagy egy hangulatot. Az éj szelíd trónján főhőseinek nagyjából mindenük megvan, amiről legtöbbünk csak álmodozhat: pénz, hatalom, szépség, jó modor és vonzó személyiség (igaz, igaz, utóbbi háromból kedves olvasóimnak is bőven jutott), ám valami mégsem klappol. És ez a kínzó „de akkor mi nem klappol?”-kérdés az a fonal, ami végighúzódik az egész regényen. Az biztos, hogy Amerikában nem találták meg ezt a rejtélyes valamit, mert különben nem kóborolnának bolygó Hollandiként az egész regényidő alatt Európa válogatott tájain – ám hiába, mert sem a Riviéra forró homokján, sem a római romok között, sem a svájci síparadicsomokban nem lelik azt, amit keresnek. Úgyhogy csak rágja, emészti őket valami lassú féreg.

És mivel nekem Fitzgerald kedves szerzőm, ezért nem hallgathatom el a rossz érzéseimet sem*. Az éj szelíd trónján ugyanis, bár nagyvilágiság és feszültség terén nem lehet kivetnivalónk, a hajlékonyság tekintetében elmarad a szerző elbeszéléséinek zömétől**. Talán ezért is hatott most zavarónak az a könyvben, ami általában fel sem tűnik: hogy Fitzgerald valójában elég szűk látókörű alak***. Csak azt látja élesen, ami az ő behatárolt világának integráns része, ami azon túlmutat, valamiképp vázlatosnak tetszik. Itt vannak például a gyerekek. Nicole és Dick Diver két csemetéje számomra végig dekorációnak hatott, puszta eszköznek, amivel az idő múlását érzékelteti a szerző, és egyszer sem jutott eszembe, hogy „jé, tényleg, ezek a porontyok valóban élnek!”**** Miközben meg maga Nicole és Dick látványosan impulzív figurák, szinte látjuk, amint ki akarnak mászni a lapokról. Sőt, magam többször is azon kaptam Fitzgeraldot, hogy lekezelő, mi több: lanyhán megvető általánosításokra ragadtatja magát (illetve szereplőit) bizonyos csoportokkal szemben, pusztán mert azok nem részei az ő zárt, exkluzív, fájdalmas világának. De ettől függetlenül ez egy nagy könyv – páratlanul jeleníti meg a folyamatot, ahogy az ember szépen, finoman padlót fog.

* Ezt pont úgy mondtam, mintha a nem kedves szerzőimet nem bírálnám. Hehe.
** Itt most nyilván lehetne életrajzi párhuzamokkal előhozakodni, hogy miért is marad el, de most inkább nem.
*** Mint író, nyilván – hát mit tudom én, hogy F., mint ember, milyen látókörrel rendelkezett.
**** Egyszer például Dick/Fitzgerald megjegyzi, hogy a gyerekeivel semmi gond, mert „átlagos amerikai gyerekek”. Értem, mit akar az író közölni*****, ugyanakkor magam igen kevés szülővel találkoztam, aki az „átlagost” a saját gyermekével kapcsolatban pozitív tulajdonságként emlegette volna.
***** Alkalmasint azt, hogy a két gyerek nem olyan bolond, mint az anyjuk. ( )
  Kuszma | Jul 2, 2022 |
Ok…. But it didn’t hang together as a story ( )
  JosephKing6602 | May 14, 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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Harte, Glynn BoydIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Schaap, H.W.J.Translatorsecondary 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
Dedication
TO

GERALD and SARA

MANY FETES
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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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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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