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Tender Is the Night [Kindle Edition]

F. Scott Fitzgerald
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"A tragedy backlist by beauty."
"-- Daily Express

""For Fitzgerald desolation is a precondition of the lyrical. Hence the most distinctive impression of Tender: A beautiful novel about failure."
"-- Independent

""It is one of those books that you read and feel a shift... the story is told so poetically and eloquently. It is one of those books that you read and think: if I could only remember that sentence -- it is so beautiful."
"--" Sam Taylor-Wood

Review

"A tragedy backlist by beauty."
"-- Daily Express

""For Fitzgerald desolation is a precondition of the lyrical. Hence the most distinctive impression of Tender: A beautiful novel about failure."
"-- Independent

""It is one of those books that you read and feel a shift... the story is told so poetically and eloquently. It is one of those books that you read and think: if I could only remember that sentence -- it is so beautiful."
"--" Sam Taylor-Wood

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1357 KB
  • Print Length: 302 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0543722082
  • Publisher: HarperPerennial Classics (10 April 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007HBH3AK
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (106 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #37,187 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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78 of 81 people found the following review helpful
Format:Paperback
Penguin make much of the fact that there were seventeen versions of Tender is the Night; this is to justify the fact which they don't tell you- this green-jacketed version is completely different to the 1934 version. That was told in flashbacks; this version was re-ordered chronologically after Fitzgerald's death by friend and critic Malcolm Cowley.

Do not read this if you are looking for the standard edition; this is an obscure, discredited version which was assumed to have been out of print since the 1970s. It is of scholarly value, but is NOT the 'proper' version.
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81 of 85 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Once read, never forgotten... 8 Jan 2004
Format:Paperback
Thought provoking and brilliantly written “Tender is the Night” etches itself into your brain: once read, never forgotten. Longer, looser but more complex and much darker in its subject matter than “The Great Gatsby”, Scott Fitzgerald similarly transcends time & place to leave you with quite unforgettable images. For example, describing an open-air dinner party on the Cote d’Azur he writes: “There were fireflies riding on the dark air and a dog baying on some low and far-away ledge of the cliff. The table seemed to have risen a little toward the sky like a mechanical dancing platform, giving the people around it a sense of being alone with each other in the dark universe, nourished by its only food, warmed by its only lights.” And, thirty years after first reading that wonderfully evocative description, it’s still there: burned-in as a reference-point that follows me around all open-air late night parties… just waiting for that distant bark.

Replete with similar passages, “Tender is the Night” juxtaposes romantic idylls with the personal tragedies surrounding most of its characters, and, in so doing, triumphs in exploring the differences between perception and reality, superficiality versus excess, strength of character versus fear & weakness, and uncontrollable madness versus self-induced self-destruction. Drawing you into a hedonistic world that you would sincerely wish to be part of and then exploding its deficiencies in front of you, it leaves you realising that not all is what it seems.
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Once read, never forgotten... 8 Jan 2004
Format:Paperback
Thought provoking and brilliantly written “Tender is the Night” etches itself into your brain: once read, never forgotten. Longer, looser but more complex and much darker in its subject matter than “The Great Gatsby”, Scott Fitzgerald similarly transcends time & place to leave you with quite unforgettable images. For example, describing an open-air dinner party on the Cote d’Azur he writes: “There were fireflies riding on the dark air and a dog baying on some low and far-away ledge of the cliff. The table seemed to have risen a little toward the sky like a mechanical dancing platform, giving the people around it a sense of being alone with each other in the dark universe, nourished by its only food, warmed by its only lights.” And, thirty years after first reading that wonderfully evocative description, it’s still there: burned-in as a reference-point that follows me around all open-air late night parties… just waiting for that distant bark.

Replete with similar passages, “Tender is the Night” juxtaposes romantic idylls with the personal tragedies surrounding most of its characters, and, in so doing, triumphs in exploring the differences between perception and reality, superficiality versus excess, strength of character versus fear & weakness, and uncontrollable madness versus self-induced self-destruction. Drawing you into a hedonistic world that you would sincerely wish to be part of and then exploding its deficiencies in front of you, it leaves you realising that not all is what it seems.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "First the Morale Goes, then the Manners" 17 Aug 2004
By Donald Mitchell HALL OF FAME TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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Tender Is the Night is one of the most interesting examples in 20th century fiction of reversing the usual social metaphors. Dr. Dick Diver, a psychiatrist, is examined as a case of mental health. He is also placed in a classic woman's role, that of the desired, amiable beauty sought after by all and sundry. These juxtapositions of the usual social perspectives allow the reader to touch closer to the realities of human need and connection, by piercing our assumptions about what is "right and proper."
The story begins from the perspective of Rosemary Hoyt, an 18-year-old motion picture star, recuperating on the Rivera. One day she goes to the beach and becomes entranced by the Divers, Dick and Nicole, a golden couple with whom she immediately falls in love. Beautiful, young, rich, and looking for adventure, she quickly sets out to capture Dick who is the most wonderful person she has ever met.
Later, the story shifts to Dick's perspective and traces back to the beginnings of his marriage to Nicole. She had formed an accidental attachment to him (a classic psychiatric transference) while residing in a mental hospital. He returned her friendship, and found it impossible to break her heart. They married, and he played the role of at-home psychiatrist tending her schizophrenia. All went well for years, but gradually he became weary of his role. His weariness causes him to re-evaluate his views on life . . . and the psychological profile of Dr. Diver, charming bon vivant, begins.
The tale is a remarkably modern one, even if it was set in the 1920s. Fitzgerald deeply investigates the meanings of love, humanity, and connection. In so doing, he uncovers some of the strongest and most vile of human passions, and makes fundamental commentaries about the futility of fighting against human nature.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
very psycho and analytical american story but had to be read to understand american france in the 20s.
Published 9 days ago by twlbailey
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Such a great story - better than the Great Gatsby although he is more famous for it
Published 12 days ago by Shazzlebazzle
5.0 out of 5 stars and it actually became one of my favorite books of all times
I bought this only because I told myself it was a shame to have read only one book (Gatzby) of such an acclaimed author, and it actually became one of my favorite books of all... Read more
Published 16 days ago by Thiago Reis Mefano
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5.0 out of 5 stars Tender is the Night
To fully appreciate this work one has to be patient. It has an intrinsic subtlety and gives an insightful portrayal of life at the time and of the 'human condition'. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Margaret Bond
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this book
I urge anyone to read this classic novel. Superb and don't be put off by the Baz Lurhman's film version of the book.
Published 2 months ago by iloveshoes
5.0 out of 5 stars Compelling account of an ultimately wasted talent
High class American literature by a masterful writer able to create characters that define the period but this time in a largely European setting. Wonderful location detail. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Robertsjg
5.0 out of 5 stars Greater than Gatsby
I first read The Great Gatsby fifty years ago, and have re-read it regularly over the years to indulge myself in the richness of the prose and the clear morality of the story. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Martin Ternouth
4.0 out of 5 stars Renowned as Gatsby
I really enjoyed this book, I purchased it mainly to draw comparisons with it and The Great Gatsby for my English Literature AS Coursework... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Sarah
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic story
I was enthralled by the storyline, by the use of descriptive language , the French Riviera of the 1920s was brought to life vividly . Read more
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