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Tender Is the Night by F. Scott Fitzgerald
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Sep 06, 2012

really liked it
Read from August 14 to September 06, 2012

Young, beautiful and a successful movie star , Rosemary meets a group a friends on a Riviera beach and is immediately included in their parties and gossip. It doesn't take long before she's under the spell of the group leaders, Dick and Nicole Diver, a pair who exude confidence and happiness, but Rosemary has been schooled by Mother to go after what she wants, so the young actress pursues the much older psychiatric doctor, exposing the secrets that have kept his marriage and career limping along for years.

When I read The Great Gatsby a few years ago it knocked me over- the writing is amazing. I understand that this book sold about half of what T.G.G. did on its first printing, which really is confounding as it's an excellent book. I didn't love like I do the other, but that's okay, because it's still great writing. Yes, it is almost entirely happiness-free and there were parts that lagged a bit for me, such as Dick's history pre-Nicole, but then I'd become fascinated again and whip through the pages. Anyone who knows the slightest about the Fitzgeralds lives together will recognize some characters. 4 stars


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