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Tenera è la notte

3.83  ·  Rating Details  ·  71,680 Ratings  ·  2,944 Reviews
Francis Scott Fitzgerald ha condensato come in uno straziante testamento in questo libro che conosce molte versioni, ma non quella definitiva, la cronaca del naufragio di una generazione, la storia di un amore esigente e crudele vissuto, anzi patito, come un peccato capitale, la denuncia della seduzione del denaro e la confessione dell'inevitabile sconfitta della sensibili ...more
Paperback, ET Scrittori #16, 371 pages
Published January 11th 2005 by Einaudi (first published 1934)
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M. Alex Goldsmith I read the 1934 version unaware of Malcolm Cowley's revision. I found the novel disjointed because of the flashbacks. Looking up its reception…moreI read the 1934 version unaware of Malcolm Cowley's revision. I found the novel disjointed because of the flashbacks. Looking up its reception history, I found that critics believed this to be one of the greatest detractors from the narrative. Cowley rewrote the narrative in chronological order to remedy this. (less)
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Ann
Aug 03, 2007 Ann rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
When Fitzgerald finished this gem, he was stunned by the poor reviews it received. I honestly think it's a profoundly more true and powerful book than Gatsby ever will be. His effortless and viceral writing tells a story of such complex and accurate human relationships, I often find myself reflecting on Dick Diver as a friend I should check up on, and part of me thinks I spent a year of my youth hanging out on the French Riveria having too much to drink, but somehow pulling it off sophistication ...more
Martine
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 ...more
Jeanette  "Astute Crabbist"
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 Great Gatsby, don't get your hopes up for this one to be anything close to that good. You'll be disappointed.
Jonathan
Feb 09, 2009 Jonathan rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people who don't do anything without first consulting Mother.
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Shovelmonkey1
Jul 05, 2012 Shovelmonkey1 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people who want to see beyond Gatsby
Recommended to Shovelmonkey1 by: 1001 books list
For the longest time I lived an F. Scott Fitzgerald free existence. The name was familiar enough although I mostly associated it with those bulky Penguin Classics which are prone to making me break out in a cold-sweat. Weighty tomes burdened by commentary on class difference, forbidden or tormented or doomed romance, some of which are drier than a mouthful of Jacob's Crackers.

I am F. Scott Fitzgerald-free no longer! And how glad does this make me? Very. I read The Great Gatsby a couple of month
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ariel
Jun 21, 2015 ariel rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
i knew a dick once. his name was sam, and he was a star. people gravitated toward him everywhere he went. i did, too. he radiated light and fun and when he talked to you, he made you feel like the most important person in the room. he partied hard, and he was the type of person you wanted to party with, because it was always a good time. he was the son of a diplomat, knew five languages, and always knew exactly what to say or do to get the situation how he wanted it. when i was about sixteen, we ...more
Kirk
Dec 21, 2007 Kirk rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a hard but necessary book to read. It should be the type of plot we're attracted to, because it's a dissolution story, not unlike LOST WEEKEND or LEAVING LAS VEGAS, to name but two examples of the genre. And yet many friends I share this with just can't get into it. Part of the blame lies with the style: it's just so damned intricate and thick, it tends to scare away those who don't want to be ravished by style. As someone who does, I can get lost in this book any day of the week. I rere ...more
Empress
Mar 04, 2008 Empress rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: poor little rich girls.
Shelves: suck-a-tating
I am trying to like this book because for some reason I think that I should.
But, in truth, I am finding it quite dull and painfully slow.
Maybe I lack in patience or sophistication, because--given other reviews of this book--there is a good chance I am missing something (or simply haven't read enough into it yet--apparently it gets good after the tedious first 100 pages...)
But so far, I am pretty seriously bored and disintersted in his saga about rich people, poor misunderstood movie stars and
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Kelly
Jun 11, 2007 Kelly rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
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 ...more
·Karen·
Jul 22, 2015 ·Karen· rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: usa
There is something deeply ambivalent about Fitzgerald's appraisal of the dissipation, drunkenness and fatuous frivolity of a world to which he himself belonged. Surely we can only condemn the characters for their snobbery, their thoughtlessness, their attitude that money should get them out of the kind of difficulty that they have brought upon themselves through ignorance, self-deception or sheer bloody-mindedness? And yet at the same time we can feel sympathy for fragile Nicole, for Dick's desc ...more
Kim
Apr 06, 2013 Kim rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

In 1932, F Scott Fitgerald was living in suburban Baltimore. His father had recently died and his wife Zelda had been committed to a psychiatric institution in Switzerland. He finally decided that the novel on which he had been working on and off since the publication of The Great Gatsby in 1925 would be about the destruction of a man of great promise through an ill-judged marriage. In writing the novel, Fitzgerald liberally used material from his life. This material included his relationship wi
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Zanna
Aug 10, 2014 Zanna rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: usa, inter-war
2.5 stars

Of course, it doesn't matter what the author really meant to say. Reading Richard Godden's introduction though, it was quite comforting to me to remember that it doesn't matter what scholars think the text means, or author meant, either. Or the press. "A tragedy backlit by beauty" is the highlighted quote.

What tragedy? There is a 'tragedy' here, if that word, so empty of agency, so forgiving and concealing, can be used for a rape. But I don't think that's what's meant; they mean poor Di
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Anh
Aug 07, 2012 Anh rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Such a beautiful title.

The only other book from Fitzgerald I read is, of course, The Great Gatsby, which didn't impress me. So only naturally, I'm reluctant to read any other book by The Lost Generation, or at least, any by Fitzgerald. I know it's ridiculously assuming of me, but first impression makes all the differences and I'm oh so prejudiced.

Ah, but the title is so, so beautiful. So I thought, why not giving it a go? It's only a fairly thin book anyway. At least it won't take long.

Another m
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Desislava
Jul 06, 2015 Desislava rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classics
“In any case you mustn’t confuse a single failure with a final defeat.”


Tender is the Night is a famous novel by the even more famous F. Scott Fitzgerald, so it's hard to critisize it. But this wasn't the easiest of books to get through.

Things I liked:
1) The idea of this novel - how one person has become strong by destroying another. There's also an interesting investigation into the power relations between couples - that one is strong while the other is weak. The person who holds the streng
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Duane
With the popularity of Fitzgerald, it's difficult to comprehend that he only wrote four novels, this being the last. It's a dark novel because it was written at a dark time in his life. Zelda's illness, financial problems, and alcoholism all contributed to Fitzgerald's frame of mind. I've read several negative reviews of this novel here on Goodreads saying it is depressing, the characters are shallow and unlikeable. That may be partly true, but their struggles and problems, their desires and bet ...more
Chiara Pagliochini
“Dick cercò di rilassarsi: la lotta sarebbe presto incominciata a casa e avrebbe forse dovuto vegliare a lungo ricomponendo l’universo per lei.”

È stato molte volte detto - e scritto certo in tutte le lingue - che l’amore dovrebbe essere una fusione tra due persone, una fusione fisica e mentale e spirituale che faccia di due esseri un essere solo.
“Tender is the night” viene a raccontarci quel che accade quando questo obiettivo è raggiunto, e le conclusioni che se ne traggono non sono felici nean
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Rob
Aug 30, 2007 Rob rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I can't believe I read this and it wasn't even for school. Although I remember I was temping at JPM Chase in Montvale NJ when I was reading this and some guy was like, "Yo, why you reading romance novels?" And I was like, "It's F. Scott Fitzgerald you mook." Of course I didn't say that, but I should have. God I hated that place. I decided that I never wanted to work in a corporate park ever. Of course, now I work nowhere, so I got my wish. The book still sucks. I mean, the main character's name ...more
Cecily
Rosemary (young movie star) and husband and wife, Dick and Nicole Diver, all expats in France… Dick is originally a psychiatrist and Nicole was his patient - a psychologically unhealthy relationship for both.

My version is the original, with time jumps (many editions were chronological). The middle period of the story (the start of the original structure), when Dick first meets Rosemary is somewhat slow. Once you understand more about Dick and Nicole, it gets better.

A bit like Thomas Hardy, som
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Marco Tamborrino
Oct 16, 2011 Marco Tamborrino rated it it was amazing
Ci si sentiva soli e tristi, ad avere il cuore così vuoto l'uno per l'altra.

Una struggente storia d'amore? L'antenato dei romanzetti rosa odierni? Non direi. Piuttosto la discesa in un abisso. Raccontarlo non è facile, recensirlo tantomeno. Del resto in questo romanzo non succede pressoché niente. Niente d'importante, almeno. È, come ho già detto, un viaggio nella follia, ma non solo follia amorosa, anche follia mentale, fisica, morale, sociale. "Tenera è la notte" è un bellissimo titolo, un tit
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Madeline
Aug 10, 2011 Madeline rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: the-list, ugh
To be fair, this really wasn't Fitzgerald's fault.

I love The Great Gatsby and I love The Beautiful and the Damned. And, as my dedication to The List proves, I love reading about rich white people and their Rich White People Problems. But everything about this book rubbed me the wrong way, for the following reasons (none of which, as I said, are Fitzgerald's fault. Well, maybe the last one.):

I first started this as an audiobook, which is a medium that I'm trying to get into thanks to my 40-minut
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Michael
Rosemary is a young movie scarlet on vacation in the French Rivera, with her mother. It is there that she meets the handsome psychologist Dick Diver and falls madly in love with him. The only problem is Dick is married and his wife, Nicole, a sophisticated socialite is just as lovable. While this magnetic couple draw in admirers and bask in the social spotlight, things are not as perfect as they seem. Tender is the Night is an exploration into a degenerating marriage and the differences between ...more
Larissa
Jul 20, 2007 Larissa rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2007, usa
When I sit down to consider Hot American Expat Writers from the 20s (which I do often), I most often divide the field into two camps: The Romantic, Tragic Disinfranchised and The Stoic Motherfuckers. Obviously (obviously), the clear choices for mascots of either camp are Misters Francis Scott Key Fitzgerald, and Ernest Hemingway, respectively. Reflecting upon this dichotomy, one might, if one is was so inclined--which (see above) I am--undergo one of the ultimate literary litmus tests:

Which one
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Tim
Oct 18, 2015 Tim rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, france
It took Fitzgerald so long to write this novel that it’s inevitably flawed. It seems to me he began with a view to distancing himself from himself and Dick Diver was conceived as a fictional character modelled on someone Fitzgerald knew. However as the novel progresses Diver becomes more and more Fitzgerald himself and the novel becomes ever more autobiographical. This is what ultimately gives it its beautiful heartbreaking quality – it’s the fictionalised story of Fitzgerald’s marriage to Zelda ...more
Bruce
Dec 19, 2010 Bruce rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The young psychiatrist Dick Diver finds himself falling in love with Nicole Warren, a young psychotic patient, the victim of an incestuous relationship with her father, in a posh in-patient clinic in Switzerland. She in her turn is infatuated with Diver. The situation is professionally unethical and therapeutically dangerous, but Diver seems passive and unable to resist. Fitzgerald’s prose is exquisite and his portrayal of interpersonal yearning is sensitive and agonizing. The characters seem ve ...more
Kecia
Jul 17, 2009 Kecia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 1001-books
Ah the roaring 20s! The Great War (WWI) is over. The stock market is going gang busters; its crash is yet to come. The Great Depression is looming in the not too distant future, but of course no one knows that. What's a rich, shallow, American to do but hang out in Europe and behave badly???

Earlier this week I heard on the news that narcissism is on the rise. I looked down at Mr. Fitzgerald in my hand and thought surely the person on television telling me this is not a student of history. Tender
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Sarah
Jun 29, 2011 Sarah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Update!: If you'd like to see the girl Rosemary was based on, skip to the 4:45 in this video:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-xK93I...
(She's the one in the apron).

Original review:
The psychology is outdated -- but the writing! The writing! So lovely. So moving. I'm in love with this book.
Sparrow
Mar 07, 2009 Sparrow rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed
The most depressing book I've ever read.
Sara
Oct 21, 2015 Sara rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Disturbante.
Tatiana Arutyunova
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Rachel
Mar 19, 2008 Rachel rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
First off, I would like to say that the description Goodreads has included for this novel is lacking any sort of sufficient plot and/or character summary; if I wanted to read a biography of Fitzgerald, I would.

Okay. I went through a phase last year of REALLY wanting to like F. Scott Fitzgerald. I read three or four of his works in a row, "Tender is the Night" being one of them. I can't deny his style is elegant and commanding, but I have yet to read a Fitzgerald novel that I really love. The rea
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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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