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The Last Tycoon

3.65  ·  Rating Details ·  7,615 Ratings  ·  528 Reviews

The Love of the Last Tycoon, edited by the preeminent Fitzgerald scholar Matthew J. Bruccoli, is a restoration of the author's phrases, words, and images that were excised from the 1940 edition, giving new luster to an unfinished literary masterpiece. It is the story of the young Hollywood mogul Monroe Stahr, who was inspired by the life of boy-genius Irving Thalberg, and

196 pages
Published January 1974 by Penguin Books (first published 1941)
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Aug 29, 2008 Jeff rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'm not precisely sure why this book effected me the way it did, but it certainly did. Fitzgerald finished writing the fifth chapter of this book before he had a heart attack and died. When you get to the end of this unfinished novel, you find the last word one of the greatest American writers ever wrote. Something about this is chilling. And despite the fact that one can not make any substantial investment in characters who we know in advance we'll never know completely or whose stories we won' ...more
Dec 08, 2008 Jamie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Oh, Fitzgerald, Fitzy, Scott, F. I kept putting this one off because I knew exactly how it would leave me, and I was exactly right. As much as I love Gatsby, as much as I love Tender is the Night and the short stories and the essays and every wastebasket scrap he’s written, this would have been It. Capital-I It. It still almost is, even terribly unfinished.

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 existe
Aug 10, 2013 Tom rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, classics
Reading F. Scott Fitzgerald’s penultimate novel, “Tender is the Night,” saddened me, because it showed a once-great man struggling—and failing—to write a novel worthy of his prodigious talent and storied past.

Reading “The Last Tycoon” saddens me, because he found that novel, then suddenly died before he could finish it.

“The Last Tycoon” tells the story of Hollywood golden boy Monroe Stahr.
He’s a good guy, pays his people well, and works hard to make good, profitable films—he’s not even afraid
Mar 17, 2011 Ben rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: american-lit
I have now read all of Fitzgerald's major published works. After finishing The Love of The Last Tycoon, the incomplete manuscript on his desk when he died, I ask immediately wonder how this novel differs from his other works. Did he know he had this one last chance to voice his ideas? Did he compile the breadth of his lifelong learning into his final literary hero? Unfortunately, we can only speculate on these questions. But I find comfort in the idea that we would not have these questions had n ...more
Dec 13, 2010 Denis rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another Fitzgerald novel that I read in French a long time ago, and have just rediscovered with wonder by reading it in English. There's something about Fitzgerald's writing style that is really unique and that no translation, as good as it may be, can communicate. Because The Last Tycoon is unfinished, and is a work in progress that will always stay this way, it can come across as frustrating not to have the complete novel, and to read sentences and paragraphs that the author may have rewritten ...more
Sep 12, 2016 Hana rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classics, 2016-reads
This was F. Scott Fitzgerald's final book. He never finished it. On December 21, 1940, the day after he wrote chapter 6, Scott Fitzgerald died of a heart attack. For an unfinished novel The Last Tycoon is a powerful work. I feels like a second draft rather than the first draft that it apparently is. Heavens, the man could write!

I'm not sure why GR has this book listed under the title The Love of the Last Tycoon. My copy was a first edition, published in 1941 and is titled simply, The Last Tycoo
Chester Dean
Jun 16, 2015 Chester Dean rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned, books-2015
Después de El Gran Gatsby, no había podido leer nada más de Fitzgerald, intenté leer Éste lado del paraíso, pero creo no llegué ni a la mitad (algún día planeo terminarlo) así que sentí como una excelente oportunidad continuar con los libros de Fitzgerald con ésta novela. Cuando leí la sinopsis quedé convencida, ya que amo el mundo del cine, tanto nuevo como antiguo, así que tenía muchas ganas de leer al respecto.

El libro es narrado a dos voces, la principal, que es un narrador en tercera person
La Mala ✌
EDIT: Junio, 2015

I Watched the movie again last night. Sick and all, STILL LOVED IT.

Reseña Original: November, 2014


I read the book a looong time ago, but last week I saw the movie for a fourth time and..

I'm not sure why but, for some reason, I prefer the film version to the book.


I wonder why that is...


....I mean, I think the movie had a certain something a superior someone...


I know it had something someone definitely superior...


...That i loved a lot more/u>< in the movie...


May 17, 2013 Bettie☯ rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Bettie☯ by: Laura
Shelves: spring-2013

BBC Blurb: The celebrated theatre director Bill Bryden adapts F Scott Fitzgerald's last and unfinished novel. Starring Aiden Gillen, Jack Shepherd and Charlotte Emmerson.

Haunted by the death of his wife, 1930s Studio Head Monroe Stahr works eighteen hour days, each one a collision of talent meetings, set visits, script brainstorms and preview screenings. He's the "last of the princes", is making the studio millions and seems bullet proof.

At the end of an epic day, an earthquake breaks two water
May 16, 2013 Laura rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Bettie, Wanda, Carey
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Chris Gordon
I knew going in to The Love of the Last Tycoon that I would feel unsatisfied with it; that it would be nearly impossible to review this incomplete work fairly. Yet I dove right in with high hopes and left myself vulnerable to its shortcomings.

This was the novel F. Scott Fitzgerald had been working on just before his untimely death. Because of this, the novel was left unfinished and, as a result, is riddled with flaws. The obvious critiques I have are concerned with the story not having a conclu
Shannon (Giraffe Days)
This is Fitzgerald's last work before he died, and is incomplete. This authorised text version comes with a lot of preface and appendices, all designed to be extremely helpful to the Fitzgerald enthusiast.

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
Evan Kingston
There are some really great scraps in this manuscript: complex, well-drawn characters; witty dialogue; a vivid sense of setting, both time and place; rare insight into the workings of the studio system; and frequent passages of gorgeous prose. It seems that if F. Scott could have kept working on it, he could have reclaimed his talent and turned it into another great novel, maybe going on to write many more.

Unfortunately, he died before he finishing a whole draft; this book has no end--and worse-
Elizabeth Periale
May 27, 2013 Elizabeth Periale rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

"Fitzgerald deftly sketches the 24-hour schedule of a studio boss, while also making him a thinking, feeling human being. The object of Stahr's desire, Kathleen, is a little less clearly drawn, but that seems deliberate, as she presents herself at first as a woman of mystery, to discourage Stahr's romantic pursuit. ...

Stahr and his work, not just his potential romance, are so involving that it is truly tragic for the reader when the text stops abruptly. Th
Jul 25, 2013 Blair rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I finished The Last Tycoon, what there is of it, and it underwhelmed in the end. I have a bit of a problem with the mix of first person and third person. Fitzgerald justifies it in a letter included with the book, but I think the book would have been better all in first person. He also says in the letter that

"Unlike Tender is the Night, it is not the story of deterioration--it is not depressing and not morbid in spite of the tragic ending. If one book could ever be 'like' another, I should say i
Shelly Holder
Jan 31, 2010 Shelly Holder is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
The paragraph transitions are a little choppy, but for an uncompleted manuscript this is extremely polished and honed. Sometimes one will simply forget this detail because of the quality of the story-telling. I am quickly falling in love with the book that is the unfinished jewel at the pinnacle of a master's career.

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
Jack Becker
May 10, 2016 Jack Becker rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Well that was a very sad story, made even more depressing by the fact that Fitzgerald never got to live to write everything in his beautiful prose, but he did stick around long enough to give a sufficient outline of his novel so we can still know how unbearably sad this story would turn out to be. Wonderful how that works.
Feb 08, 2014 Emma rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Such a shame he never got to finish this book! Sounds like the ending would have been superb.
Jun 14, 2017 Reem rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Love of the Last Tycoon is a book about a successful Hollywood producer who is struggling to find love and compassion in an industry where everyone is looking of the superficial. This book was his last work that was written with the help of his friend Edmund Wilson because of his premature death. Though we talk about how Hollywood is superficial and how unfair it is, this book is actually written by someone who completely understands how it works and there are a lot of ...more
Will Corvin
Definitely an incomplete work, but with sentences and passages scattered throughout that remind readers of why Fitzgerald is such a revered writer.

For example, "It's not a slam at you when people are rude - it's a slam at the people they've met before." (11) A statement that does not seem 100 percent flushed out (what if you have already met this person or were rude to them yourself just moments before?), but whose sentiment holds significant value nonetheless. A microcosm of what this book is a
Mar 13, 2017 MadelineM rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An underrated book. Could have been one of his best if he hadn't died before finishing it
Steve Stuart
Jun 12, 2013 Steve Stuart rated it liked it
I can't in good conscience recommend this book for anyone. If you enjoy it, you'll be disappointed when the unfinished novel ends, just as the central romance suffers an unexpected turnaround, and before the storyline that leads to the book's climax is really unveiled. And if it doesn't bother you that the book ends in the middle, then you probably should have been reading something else anyway.

The narration style is strange, bouncing back and forth between first-person narration by a peripheral
Jul 11, 2015 Bam rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The library copy of Fitzgerald's unfinished novel that I've read was published in 1941, shortly after Fitzgerald's death, and has an introduction by his friend and literary critic, Edmund Wilson, who was the first to collect and edit the author's writing and notes. This version is just six chapters long but includes notes and ideas for further chapters.

The protagonist, Monroe Stahr, is purportedly based on the life of film producer and Hollywood Wonder Boy, Irving Thalberg, whose studio rival i
John Williams
Jun 03, 2014 John Williams rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Reading Fitzgerald always reminds me of the joys of writing. Not of story-telling, but the technical act of writing in and of itself. Fitzgerald is a craftsman. And while he always tells his stories passionately and there is always great drama and romance to be found in his plots, it is always his poetic craftsmanship which intrigues and impresses me. I found myself laughing with joy on more than one occasion just at the mere feel of his word order and word choice as I read them in my mind. He h ...more
Jul 18, 2008 Art rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone, especially aspiring writers
As a stand alone work (this is an unfinished novel), the book does not hold up. But as a glimpse into the writing process of a literary genius, it is a stunning work. This is the book I wish he had finished before dying. The most polished pieces of the book, the first few chapters, are some of his very best work. I was amazed when I read it, and again when I re-read it.

Drawing on his experiences as a lackluster screen writer in Hollywood in the 30's, Fitzgerald weaves a modern-day (for his time)
Dave Milbrandt
I love The Great Gatsby, so I really wanted to love this book. The challenge is that The Love of the Last Tycoon: A Western is incomplete and feels that way. Clearly this is a Gatsby Goes to Hollywood kind of story, but I am not sure I feel for the protagonist like I did with his more famous predecessor. And while the author admits the shift in narration, I am not sure it fits the story well. The shift between first and third person is bothersome, as it seems like Fitzgerald couldn't choose whic ...more
Jun 01, 2009 Nick rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a terrific half novel and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Of course being obsessed with "making pictures" myself didn't hurt my appreciation of the story. But even if I wasn't movie-crazed, the book would still appeal just as strongly--Fitzgerald has a wonderful way of balancing his lyricism with character and action, creating suspense and then letting that suspense carry you through the more peaceful moments, while adding a healthy dollop of humor for good measure.

Fitzgerald was a certified r
Jill Robertson
Dec 11, 2015 Jill Robertson rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classic
'The Last Tycoon' was F Scott Fitzgerald's last novel, uncompleted when he died in 1940. This is the version I read. I have previously read 'Tender is the Night' (written in 1934) and did not like the ponderous style of writing, convoluted plot and characters I didn't care about, especially compared to Hemingway's 'Farewell to Arms' (written in 1929) which I read around the same time. So I wanted to see whether this book was different or if Fitzgerald's problems with alcohol, his wife, and his n ...more
Ev Skiles
Jan 06, 2017 Ev Skiles rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I always thought The Great Gatsby was overrated, but I am so glad that I didn't give up on reading other F. Scott Fitzgerald novels, although this could be classified as a semi-novel, given that Fitzgerald had a heart attack while working on it. These 129 pages were proof that his literary prowess has not been a hyperbolic depiction strictly from fans of The Great Gatsby.

My only regret is that I will be left with an eternal longing for the rest of the story. Although the non-ending was wrapped
Jul 14, 2012 Casey rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
with an unfinished manuscript, the story is bound to be a bit muddled, which The Last Tycoon absolutely was. However, the read poignancy of the book lies in the last 40 or so pages where the editors have included all of Fitzgerald's notes about where the novel would take him and how he would handle certain characterization. He evens writes in a letter that he hopes this novel is similar to The Great Gatsby in sentiment, but ends in a more hopeful way. For some reason it never dawned on me that s ...more
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Francis Scott Key Fitzgerald was an American writer of novels and short stories, whose works have been seen as evocative of the Jazz Age, a term he himself allegedly coined. He is regarded as one of the greatest twentieth century writers. Fitzgerald was of the self-styled "Lost Generation," Americans born in the 1890s who came of age during World War I. He finished four novels, left a fifth unfini ...more
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