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Tender is the Night [Kindle Edition]

F. Scott Fitzgerald
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Tender Is the Night is a novel by American writer F. Scott Fitzgerald. It was his fourth and final completed novel, and was first published in Scribner's Magazine between January-April, 1934 in four issues. The title is taken from the poem "Ode to a Nightingale" by John Keats.

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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


"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: 608 KB
  • Print Length: 302 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0543722082
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Green Light (18 Jan. 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004JU0K7K
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Not Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (124 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #96,158 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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96 of 100 people found the following review helpful
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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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Once read, never forgotten... 8 Jan. 2004
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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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful Writing 4 Jun. 2007
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This review is intentionally very short, as other reviews consider the novel in more detail. It is worth noting that this novel demonstrates Fitzgerald's skill as a writer to the full, and is a pleasure to read.

The purpose of this review is to clarify a point raised in another review, which asks about why this Popular Classics edition appears to present a corrupt, or at least unauthorised text. The reason for this is that it follows the structure of the novel as set out in the 1951 revision, edited by Malcolm Cowley, based on notes and corrections made by Fitzgerald himself. This revision of the original 1934 text rearranges the novel into chronological order, and divides the text into a different number of sections. This is why the Spark Notes referred to by another reviewer are confusing: they describe the 1934 text. It should be noted that, according to the Penguin Modern Classics edition at least, current critical thinking prefers the 1934 edition, as Cowley's interventions in the later edition make it unclear the extent to which Fitzgerald's intentions were followed.

Of course, no exam board would ever bother to be clear as to which text is to be studied: that would be far too easy for us all, wouldn't it?
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5.0 out of 5 stars "First the Morale Goes, then the Manners" 17 Aug. 2004
Format:Mass Market Paperback
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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars A poor novel, full of obscure passages and dull characters with no...
I've read 'The Great Gatsby' and thoroughly enjoyed it. But parts of the writing in this book is so obscure and hard to understand that the it's spoilt. Read more
Published 14 days ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating classic
First book by F Scott Fitzgerald I have read. Didn't know what to expect, but was not disappointed. Fascinating story line and characters, giving an insight into a bygone age. Read more
Published 17 days ago by Butler john
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Excellent, I love this writer.
Published 2 months ago by Mrs Janet Pasons
4.0 out of 5 stars .
Bought for my niece who 'loves' F. Scott Fitzgerald. Highly pleased with them and the covers look gorgeous also.
Published 3 months ago by florian
4.0 out of 5 stars Good read
Different and a good study in human behavour
Published 4 months ago by Doreen Dyson
1.0 out of 5 stars but I'm sorry I hate this book it so reminds me of a lot ...
So I know I'm not very well read, and I joined a book club to broaden my horizons, but I'm sorry I hate this book it so reminds me of a lot of z list actors who are in between... Read more
Published 4 months ago by trudi
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 6 months ago by Holly
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting
This is the first F. Scott Fitzgerald book I have ever read, an interesting choice given that this is one of his last book. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Aya
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Good classic
Published 7 months ago by JP
4.0 out of 5 stars Most people think that this original version was the better one, and F...
Book arrived quickly. These Collins Classics are of lesser quality than you expect of a Penguin Classic for instance, but then they are usually cheaper. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Michael Fellows
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