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Tender is the Night (Penguin Hardback Classics) [Hardcover]

F. Scott Fitzgerald , Goldman Arnold
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Book Description

4 Nov 2010 Penguin Hardback Classics

These sumptuous new hardback editions mark the 70th anniversary of Fitzgerald's death.

Between the First World War and the Wall Street Crash, the French Riviera was the stylish place for wealthy Americans to visit. Among the most fashionable are the Divers, Dick and Nicole who hold court at their villa. Into their circle comes Rosemary Hoyt, a film star, who is instantly attracted to them, but understands little of the dark secrets and hidden corruption that hold them together. As Dick draws closer to Rosemary, he fractures the delicate structure of his marriage and sets both Nicole and himself on to a dangerous path where only the strongest can survive. In this exquisite, lyrical novel, Fitzgerald has poured much of the essence of his own life; he has also depicted the age of materialism, shattered idealism and broken dreams.


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  • Hardcover: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Classics (4 Nov 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0141194065
  • ISBN-13: 978-0141194066
  • Product Dimensions: 13.8 x 3.6 x 20.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (100 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 64,701 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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 --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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A heartbreaking American masterpiece of the 'Roaring Twenties' by the author of The Great Gatsby --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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20 of 20 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
Format: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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73 of 76 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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78 of 82 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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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
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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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2.0 out of 5 stars Slow night
I buy books,in part,on the basis of reviews. In this case I came badly unstuck. Although the newspaper reviews were very pro and there were a lot of 5 star opinions I found the... Read more
Published 5 months ago by A. Benson
4.0 out of 5 stars The shrink who sank
A classic I ought to have read years ago but somehow missed. I ordered it directly after re-reading The Great Gatsby and like that work it is essentially about monied people,... Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars Tender is the NIGHT
A very well written book with a story that touches the heart and conveys the life style of the wealthy bracket of that period.
Published 5 months ago by arnold sultana
4.0 out of 5 stars A righ read
Some while ago I wrote a review of the Great Gatsby, which disappointed me, and determined me to read Tender is the Night. Read more
Published 6 months ago by David Bolton
4.0 out of 5 stars Unusual
It took me a while to get into this book, but once I did I enjoyed reading it. The style is different and the Americanisms are often frustrating but overall it's well written. Read more
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3.0 out of 5 stars a different type of read
Book very long winded at times I found it a bit boring. Ok for someone who wanted a change from the usual Mills and Boone stories.
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