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The Love of the Last Tycoon by F. Scott Fitzgerald
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Dec 13, 2010

it was amazing

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. But it's actually an incredibly fascinating read. It is very moving to dive into this manuscript knowing it's an incomplete draft, that was supposed to be perfected - you can almost feel Fitzgerald writing it. More than that, it is one of the very best (if not the best) novels ever written about Hollywood: Fitzgerald has perfectly understood how the whole system worked - which makes his own failure at working within this system heartbreaking. Monroe Stahr, reminiscent of Gatsby in some aspects, is a wonderfully enigmatic character, he's the heart of a deeply melancholic story that, once more, goes to the heart of the American dream - this time as it's been shaped by Hollywood and its mythology.
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