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Tender Is the Night by F. Scott Fitzgerald
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Sep 08, 12

Read in August, 2012

If I had ever been on the literary cocktail party circuit, I woudl stated firmly that Tender is the Night was Fitzgerald's best novel. However, now that Ihave sobered and grown up, and re-read both novels this year, I would have to retract that - The great Gatsby is the Gtreat American Novel (reserving the right to change my mind again if I eveer get to re-re-reading Moby Dick) and Tender is tne Night is flawed. I think reading about the decadent and glamourous life styles of the Jazz Age literary lions in the Tewenties in Paris and the Riveriera is more compelling when you are in college and have never been. ihave been several times to teh french Riviera, and its hard not to visualize Dick and Nicole Diver (aka Scott and Zelda Fitsgerald) being beautiful and brillinat at their favoirte haunts. But decades later, its hard to feel deeply inovlved with teh characters in Tender as they waste their potenial in shopping, drinking and mental illness. The fact that its such a thinly veiled recoungint of his own life seems very brave on Fitzgerald's part, and there is plenty of gorgeous writing. But there are alot of dead spots where I lost interest. Taht is the difference with Gatsby - every sentence, every word hits the mark, and you cannot get teh book out of your mind(especially if you see The Gatz, a 7 hour dramatic reading of the book whihc was my best night in the theeater in years).

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message 1: by Elaine (new)

Elaine I was just thinking of Jay Gatsby...on the ferry from Sag Harbor to Greenport I picked out a house I was sure was his!

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