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In the novel, Dick is eventually ruined--professionally, emotionally, and spiritually--by his union with Nicole. Fitzgerald's fate was not quite so novelistically neat: after Zelda was diagnosed as a schizophrenic and committed, Fitzgerald went to work as a Hollywood screenwriter in 1937 to pay her hospital bills. He died three years later--not melodramatically, like poor Jay Gatsby in his swimming pool, but prosaically, while eating a chocolate bar and reading a newspaper. Of all his novels, Tender Is the Night is arguably the one closest to his heart. As he himself wrote, "Gatsby was a tour de force, but this is a confession of faith."
I have been intending to read one of F Scott Fitzgerald's novels for a long time, and decided against The Great Gatsby when the movie came out. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Amazon Customer
I see so many Gatsby fans completely bash this work, but it's one of his most complex when it comes to the characters and relationships. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Travis Mataya
It brought me back to the post WW1 era, a romantic time for expats in Europe. The story was a little shallow but his descriptions of places and people are special. An easy read.Published 17 months ago by Patricia Gaudet
I couldn't find this book in the US, so looked to amazon.ca for some help! Book arrived promptly, in beautiful condition. Thanks so much!Published on Jan. 8 2012 by steph
I was expecting to like this book more, and only checked it out because the library didn't have 'The Great Gatsby. Read morePublished on July 12 2004 by Anyechka
It's an utter failure. Because it's a character study without the slightest trace of characterological depth. Dick & Nicole remain dead on the page all the way thru. Read morePublished on June 23 2004 by Gooch McCracken
Tender Is the Night is uncomfortably autobiographical, written after Fitzgerald's wife, Zelda, was institutionalized. Read morePublished on April 7 2004 by "mr_corvo"
I struggled to finish this book. It is laden with trivial charactersand the plot drags on endlessly while Fitzgerald keeps blindly grasping for the magic he had before he... Read morePublished on March 22 2004 by W. Thomas McAllister