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Tender is the Night by F. Scott Fitzgerald
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Aug 12, 2007

did not like it
bookshelves: suck-a-tating
Recommended for: poor little rich girls.

I am trying to like this book because for some reason I think that I should.
But, in truth, I am finding it quite dull and painfully slow.
Maybe I lack in patience or sophistication, because--given other reviews of this book--there is a good chance I am missing something (or simply haven't read enough into it yet--apparently it gets good after the tedious first 100 pages...)
But so far, I am pretty seriously bored and disintersted in his saga about rich people, poor misunderstood movie stars and their shallow love affairs, dull parties and dumb problems. I keep thinking of that Edie Sedgwick movie for some reason...(no offense to Edie or Andy, or Scott for that matter!)
Every once in a while there is a great line though, so, hey.
And, I do so love the name of this book--five stars for that at least!

OK, now I feel justified in my dislike of this book:
their night: by bukowski
"never could read Tender Is the
but they've made a
tv adaptation of the
and it's been running
for several
and i have spent
ten minutes
here and there
watching the troubles of
the rich
while they are leaning
against their beach chairs
in Nice
or walking about their
large rooms
drink in hand while
making philosophical
fucking up
at the
dinner party
or the
dinner dance
they really have no
of what to do with
drive up the
new beds?
lose old
fuck with the
arts and the

having nothing to struggle
they have nothing to struggle

the rich are different
all right

so is the ring-
maki and the

Thanks Hank (and Rob!) :)
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Reading Progress

August 12, 2007 – Shelved
Started Reading
October 1, 2007 – Finished Reading
March 4, 2008 – Shelved as: suck-a-tating

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Everett Darling I had the same reaction. Did you actually get back to it yet?

message 2: by Empress (last edited Jan 11, 2008 02:07PM) (new) - rated it 1 star

Empress No, I think I am done with it. If it's been this long and I don't want to pick it up again, and don't regret it, I figure I made the right decision. I really wanted to like it! What a great title, but what a boring (first 100 pages) book! Sorry, F. Scott! It might have just been the characters, they really bugged the crap out of me, especially the main girl...
If I remember correctly, I had a similar reaction to all the characters in The Great Gatsby, though I liked that one better.

message 3: by Shannon (new)

Shannon Oh Ryeee, If my book choices reflect who i am, then what does reading F. Scott Fitzgerald say? :)

Empress Hey, I hated this book.

message 5: by Ally (new)

Ally The brand new group - Bright Young Things - is nominating books to read in January & Tender is the Night is among them. Its the perfect place to discuss your favourite books and authors from the early 20th Century, why not take a look...


Morgan What's funny is that although not much happens in the first 100 pages, that's my favorite part of the book. Reading Scott's prose in the beginning of Tender Is The Night feels like the literary equivalent of a day at a spa; nothing happens, and it's luxurious.

Empress it bored me to death. but i do like the spa.

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