Die Liebe Des Letzten Tycoon: Ein Western ; Roman
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...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
It seemed that he attempted to write another moral tale in the vein of The Great Gatsby yet failed to produce a tale...more
Unfortunately, he died before he finishing a whole draft; this book has no end--and worse-...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
"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...more
Drawing on his experiences as a lackluster screen writer in Hollywood in the 30's, Fitzgerald weaves a modern-day (for his time)...more
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...more
Fitzgerald was a certified r...more
"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...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
The partly ironically titled book tells the story of a Hollywood producer, Monroe Stahr, based on Fitzgerald's observations and meetings with MGM second-in-command Irving Thalberg, as well as many other Hollywood denizens. Like the three novels he wrote before it, it's a tragic love story.
The novel, what we can read of it, is structural...more
It is an insightful look at the inner workings of 1930s/40s Hollywood. In the notes section in the back of the book is Fitzgerald's famous line: "There are no second acts in American lives." He was wrong. Say what you will about America, numerous acts are possible if you have the energy and will. Ask Richard Nixon.
To be fair, I wil...more
You also got to peek in his notes, at the end of the book. You could see how dedicated he was to his writing, seeing all his perfectly made...more
Of the Hollywood Region novels in LA Weekly's Best LA Novel Tournament which I had not read previously, I have to give the edge to Budd Schulberg's "What Makes Sammy Run?" but only because it was a finished product.
This edition contains a wealth of material showing the rigorous process...more
The novel features everything Fitzgerald needed to make it great, an honorable main character that the reader is inclined to root for, a love story that throws the man off balance, and a plot of deception which delivers the...more