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Tender Is the Night 638 Tender is the Night F Scott FitzgeraldTender Is the Night is the fourth and final novel completed by American writer F Scott Fitzgerald It was first published in Scribner s Magazine between January and April 1934 in four issues The title is taken from the poem Ode to a Nightingale by John Keats Dick and Nicole Diver are a glamorous couple who take a villa in the South of France and surround themselves with a circle of friends, mainly Americans Also staying at the resort are Rosemary Hoyt, a young actress, and her mother Rosemary becomes infatuated with Dick and becomes close to Nicole Dick toys with the idea of having an affair with Rosemary Rosemary senses something is wrong with the couple, which is brought to light when one of the guests at a party reports having seen something strange in the bathroom Tommy Barban, another guest, comes loyally to the defense of the Divers The action involves various other friends, including the Norths, where a frequent occurrence is the drunken behavior of Abe North The story becomes complicated when Jules Peterson, a black man, is murdered and ends up in Rosemary s bed, in a situation which could destroy Rosemary s career Dick moves the blood soaked body to cover up any implied relationship between Rosemary and Peterson It is revealed that, as a promising young doctor and psychiatrist, Dick had taken on a patient I mean it begins badly, tails off a bit in the middle, and the less said about the ending the better.Occasionally, there are books that leave you at a loss as to how to dismiss them Reading this I kept thinking of a line from Stoppard s The Real Thing There s something scary about stupidity made coherent I can deal with idiots, and I can deal with sensible argument, but I don t know how to deal with you Tender is the Night is not stupid, but it is, if you like, triviality made coherent The story of a wealthy married couple going through a mid life crisis, it s such a nothingy narrative couched in formally perfect prose that attacking it feels like swinging at a ghost the disparity between form and content is dizzying It s like watching Stephen Hawking spend half an hour punching something into his speech computer, only to hear it reel off a haiku about Joey Essex.Where to start Construction wise, it s a complete mess Fitzgerald realised this, and was still rearranging chapters until he died, hopin Dick Y Nicole Diver, Una Glamourosa Pareja Norteamericana, Llegan A La Riviera Francesa De Los Felices A Os Veinte , Poca En Que All Se Daba Cita La Beautiful People De Todo El Mundo Son Ricos, Inteligentes, Elegantes, Irresistiblemente Atractivos Pero Algo Se Oculta Tras Su Aparente Perfecci N Nicole Tiene Un Secreto, Dick Una Debilidad, Y Juntos Se Dirigen Irremediablemente Hacia Las Rocas Contra Las Que Su Aventura Parece Abocada A Estrellarse Suave Es La Noche Es Una De Las Cumbres De La Obra De Francis Scott Fitzgerald, Una Su Novela M S Intensa Y De Mayor Carga Autobiogr Fica En Palabras De Su Esposa, Zelda, Hay Mucho De Su Propia Vida En Este Atormentado Retrato De Opulencia Destructiva E Idealismo Malogrado. This book is so pointless, you could read the chapters in random order and probably not feel like you d missed much This marks my second and final attempt to read it I almost made it to the halfway point this time If you loved The Grea To me the title was the best part of the book. SPOILERSHe wished she had no background, that she was just a girl lost with no address save the night from which she had comeTender is the Night is a love story It is also a story about loneliness But mostly, it is about the need to love and belong Dick Diver falls in love with mentally ill woman and marries her But he never truly finds happiness with her He falls in love with an young actress, but he never gets to be with her, because his connection with and his love for his sick wife are too strong And he goes through life alone, leading a battle that cannot be won This is a beautiful and touching book, but it is also adamant in the way it shows what loneliness, what falling in love with the wrong person can do to us Still, does loving a person you cannot be happy with mean that you have truly chosen as much as love is choice the wrong person There are those of us who love those that cannot be reached, that cannot be saved, even those don t love us back For which do we need bigger strength To quit loving such person or to go on loving them Is Dick s growing detachment from Nicole a This is my favorite Fitzgerald book I read it back to back with This Side of Paradise last year, which was an interesting experiment I had the young, beautiful, self confident Fitzgerald and the Fitzgerald of post Zelda s craziness, dark dark alcoholic Fitzgerald Besides showing obviously how much his skills had improved, it showed the sheer range he was capable of as well This is a dark, depressing novel Loss, loneliness, isolation, desolation It does not end well But the sheer power of the prose, and just how completely lost everything is here can t fail to get to you The story is so tight, well put together, flows along without a hitch It sinks you slowly lower and lower and lower until you re hardly aware of just how dark of a place the novel has gone And then all of a sudden things , 1919 ,. How is one to feel about a protagonist who frequently displays signs of elitism, sexism, bigotry and homophobia, finds himself worryingly attracted to young girls, has no goal in life except to make himself useful to damsels in distress, and drinks away his career and marriage, ending up a mere shadow of his former self Is one supposed to regard him as a tragic hero Is one to sympathise with him And if one does sympathise with him, is that because of the way he was written, or rather because we are aware that he is a thinly veiled version of the author himself, a giant of early twentieth American literature Those were some of the questions I pondered after reading Tender Is the Night, F Scott Fitzgerald s last finished novel, and possibly his most autobiographical one Set in France and Italy in the 1920s, it tells the story of two wealthy American expats, Dick and Nicole Diver largely based on the author and his wife Zelda , who seem to others the most glamorous couple ever, as fine looking a couple as could be found in Paris , but are finding their private lives increasingly less glamorous We first see the couple through the eyes of Rosema I don t ask you to love me always like this, but I ask you to remember Somewhere inside me there ll always be the person I am to night If you were to meet Dick and Nicole Diver at a party, a restaurant, or on the beach, you would leave them feeling as if you had been in the presence of greatness They are both witty, charming, gorgeous, majestic, sexy, and in command of whatever situation they find themselves in They are the sun and moon merged together, and no one shines brighter in the daylight or in the moonlight They are what many aspire to be, but few will ever achieve, the suave assurance of the Diver couple As Rosemary Hoyt, a burgeoning movie starlet, says after meeting them, The Divers made her want to stay near them forever She loves them both, but she wants a part of Dick for herself She might be naive, but even she senses that to break them apart dissipates the magic of the two of them together The Divers are at the height of their power when Rosemary meets them Nicole Warren is obscenely rich, and Dick is a successful, published psychologist They met when Nicole was suffering a mental breakdown Dick brought her back from the brink They were interested in Nicole s exterior harmony and charm, the other face of her illness She led a lonely life owning Dick who did not want to be owned The Warren family is used to owning everything in their unive

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