**spoiler alert** A book very much of it's time - all the references to the capabilities/power of technology and the Internet, and the references to G**spoiler alert** A book very much of it's time - all the references to the capabilities/power of technology and the Internet, and the references to Google ad it's operations means that though it makes for an interesting read right now, it will date quickly. In a strange way, the whole thing - all the characters and the settings (except the bookshop) - felt a little like SF to me. I've never really delved into IT, so to have Google headquarters described to me, and the ability and limits of the abilities we have to process data... it just made it more fun to read if I believed this was more fiction that it probably is. A few interesting conversations happened - one in particular that I will remember is that creating a computer model of the people of NYC would be impossible. Not because we can't create algorithms that are lacking in accounting for human behaviour, but because there is no computer in the world that could actually make the model function - there is not enough memory....more
**spoiler alert** I was amazed at the way Murdoch was able to realistically portray such an ugly man. A narcissist; where his experience is the only e**spoiler alert** I was amazed at the way Murdoch was able to realistically portray such an ugly man. A narcissist; where his experience is the only experience and the ultimate experience - whether it be with food, solitude, love, marriage, women, friends. His opinion is unfailingly ALL that matters. Impressed at how I was very aware that I kept waiting during the whole book to hear more about Clement - the person who had the biggest impact on his life - and yet though she is barely mentioned, I don't feel like any part of the story is missing.
"She must have spent her whole life regretting that she had not married me. 'I saw you on telly.' What was that like? What mean gnawing pains of remorse did she feel when she saw me as a 'celebrity'?... And must she not think of me as surrounded by attractive women, probably possessing a permanent mistress?" p 120
"...someone had been in since yesterday and had put upon the altar a wast odorous bowl of white roses which disturbed me with all sorts of deep incoherent unconceptualized apprehensions. Time had suffered a profound disturbance, and I could feel all sorts of dark debris from the far past shifting and beginning to move upwards towards the surface." (my italics) p131
"With a view to self defence I searched Shruff End for a suitable blunt instrument" p 438...more
Tender is the Night is remarkable. The Penguin Books (orange covers) edition I read is printed from the 1934 first edition text and as such, the threeTender is the Night is remarkable. The Penguin Books (orange covers) edition I read is printed from the 1934 first edition text and as such, the three books of the novel are not in chronological order. However this is not a problem for the storytelling. I actually think that it created a richer, more human aspect. We don't live our lives in chronological order - our memories, our nostalgias, our old friends; they let us live in the past, even if it is only for a moment or two.
I want to compare this book in one particular way to The Getting of Wisdom by Henry Handel Richardson - the remarkable way that a novel, written approximately one hundred years ago, can tell plausible, modern stories of people you, the reader, can identify with today. The marriage of Dick and Nicole, the presence of the 'bright young thing' Rosemary, the supporting actors, all add up to a very realistic portrayal of adult life.
Basically, I thoroughly enjoyed this book for both its characters and Fitzgerald's storytelling. I also took several notes on those everyday aspects of life that have changed in the ensuring century e.g. using sulphur to clean the bath before one has a bath....more