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The Last Tycoon

3.66  ·  Rating details ·  8,127 Ratings  ·  566 Reviews
The Last Tycoon, edited by the renowned literary critic Edmund Wilson, was first published a year after Fitzgerald's death and includes the author's notes and outline for his unfinished literary masterpiece. It is the story of the young Hollywood mogul Monroe Stahr, who was inspired by the life of boy-genius Irving Thalberg, and is an expos
Paperback, 176 pages
Published August 1st 1988 by Scribner Classic (first published 1941)
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Jeff
Aug 29, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'm not precisely sure why this book effected me the way it did, but it certainly did. Fitzgerald finished writing the fifth chapter of this book before he had a heart attack and died. When you get to the end of this unfinished novel, you find the last word one of the greatest American writers ever wrote. Something about this is chilling. And despite the fact that one can not make any substantial investment in characters who we know in advance we'll never know completely or whose stories we won' ...more
Jamie
Dec 08, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Oh, Fitzgerald, Fitzy, Scott, F. I kept putting this one off because I knew exactly how it would leave me, and I was exactly right. As much as I love Gatsby, as much as I love Tender is the Night and the short stories and the essays and every wastebasket scrap he’s written, this would have been It. Capital-I It. It still almost is, even terribly unfinished.

Now what? The other woman was more missed in her absence. They were alone and on too slim a basis for what had passed already. They existe
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Tom
Aug 10, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, classics
Reading F. Scott Fitzgerald’s penultimate novel, “Tender is the Night,” saddened me, because it showed a once-great man struggling—and failing—to write a novel worthy of his prodigious talent and storied past.

Reading “The Last Tycoon” saddens me, because he found that novel, then suddenly died before he could finish it.

“The Last Tycoon” tells the story of Hollywood golden boy Monroe Stahr.
He’s a good guy, pays his people well, and works hard to make good, profitable films—he’s not even afraid
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Ben
Mar 17, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: american-lit
I have now read all of Fitzgerald's major published works. After finishing The Love of The Last Tycoon, the incomplete manuscript on his desk when he died, I ask immediately wonder how this novel differs from his other works. Did he know he had this one last chance to voice his ideas? Did he compile the breadth of his lifelong learning into his final literary hero? Unfortunately, we can only speculate on these questions. But I find comfort in the idea that we would not have these questions had n ...more
Hana
Sep 12, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classics, 2016-reads
This was F. Scott Fitzgerald's final book. He never finished it. On December 21, 1940, the day after he wrote chapter 6, Scott Fitzgerald died of a heart attack. For an unfinished novel The Last Tycoon is a powerful work. I feels like a second draft rather than the first draft that it apparently is. Heavens, the man could write!

I'm not sure why GR has this book listed under the title The Love of the Last Tycoon. My copy was a first edition, published in 1941 and is titled simply, The Last Tycoo
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Denis
Dec 13, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 ...more
Chester Dean
Jun 16, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned, books-2015
Después de El Gran Gatsby, no había podido leer nada más de Fitzgerald, intenté leer Éste lado del paraíso, pero creo no llegué ni a la mitad (algún día planeo terminarlo) así que sentí como una excelente oportunidad continuar con los libros de Fitzgerald con ésta novela. Cuando leí la sinopsis quedé convencida, ya que amo el mundo del cine, tanto nuevo como antiguo, así que tenía muchas ganas de leer al respecto.

El libro es narrado a dos voces, la principal, que es un narrador en tercera person
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La Mala ✌
EDIT: Junio, 2015

I Watched the movie again last night. Sick and all, STILL LOVED IT.

Reseña Original: November, 2014

3.5

I read the book a looong time ago, but last week I saw the movie for a fourth time and..

I'm not sure why but, for some reason, I prefer the film version to the book.


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I wonder why that is...


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Bettie☯
May 17, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Bettie☯ by: Laura
Shelves: spring-2013


BBC Blurb: The celebrated theatre director Bill Bryden adapts F Scott Fitzgerald's last and unfinished novel. Starring Aiden Gillen, Jack Shepherd and Charlotte Emmerson.

Haunted by the death of his wife, 1930s Studio Head Monroe Stahr works eighteen hour days, each one a collision of talent meetings, set visits, script brainstorms and preview screenings. He's the "last of the princes", is making the studio millions and seems bullet proof.

At the end of an epic day, an earthquake breaks two water
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Laura
May 16, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Bettie, Wanda, Carey
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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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