The Last Tycoon
A mysterious woman stands and smiles at Monroe Stahr, the last of the great Hollywood princes. Enchanted by one another, they begin a passionate but hopeless love affair. The novel's tragic tycoon hero is caught in the crossfire of his own cynicism and vulnerability he inhabits a world dominated by business, alcohol and promiscuity. This is a novel of the glittering decade...more
Now what? The other woman was more missed in her absence. They were alone and on too slim a basis for what had passed already. They existed...more
That ain't me.
Aside from a couple of neat lines in The Great Gatsby, I was incredibly bored by that book and haven't bothered with anything else of his.
I don't think I'd even heard of this book before, but I had to read it for one of my bookclubs. It's very short, at only 127 pages, and ends ab...more
It seemed that he attempted to write another moral tale in the vein of The Great Gatsby yet failed to produce a tale...more
Fitzgerald was a certified r...more
Unfortunately, he died before he finishing a whole draft; this book has no end--and worse-...more
too bad fitzgerald didn't finish his book. the story is ambitious, one of those the author may have aimed for it to be greater than his last best story (the great gatsby), but alas, he didn't get to finish it. the story started and progress, but much is left to be desired and filled in... it is still great in that it has fitzgerald's signature take on romance, beauty, responsibility, complex characters, and we would come to know more of Monroe than we ever would of Gatsby... and the v...more
Le jeune producteur prodige Monroe Stahr assiste au sauvetage de deux promeneuses égarées.
L'une d'elles ressemble étrangement à son épouse disparue, la star Minna Davis.
Puis le travail reprend avec les scénaristes, les acteurs, les réalisateurs, dans un climat de passion, d'extrêmes tensions.
Amoureux fou de son métier et du milieu sur lequel il règne en despote, Monroe Stahr l'est aussi de cette femme aper...more
In many ways, Monroe Stahr - the story's Hollywood producer protagonist - can be likened to Hank Reardon in Ayn Rand's Atlas Shrugged . Stahr, like Reardon, is a self-made man, working his way through t...more
I grew up in Southern California, not far from Hollywood, and has always despised the movie industry in a way from the familiarity. I lost the sense of glow and glamor, but Fitzgera...more
Part of the problem is that the world Fitzgerald is writing about was such a short-lived, if larger than life, era. The time in Hollywood when the studio system was dominent feels like an alien place to modern readers, and isn't easy t...more
It's hard to rate an unfinished novel. Even in its incomplete state, I didn't enjoy reading this as much as his earlier novels. Cecilia's narration (especially of events where she wasn't present) struck me as awkward.
The story is ambitious. And the backdrop of Old Hollywood is the perfect fit for Fitzgera...more
In fact, I've never loved or appreciated his work more than I do now. It was very refreshing to read his take on a segment of society that didn't involve the jazz age. If this is how he handles Irving Thalberg, how would he handle Walt Di...more
The main character of the novel, Monroe Stahr, is a studio executive in 1930s era Hollywood, who we find out is both a widower and in bad health. (He must have been the original model for what...more