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82 of 86 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Once read, never forgotten...
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...
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1.0 out of 5 stars DO NOT READ THIS PENGUIN VERSION- unless you want the re-ordered chronological version, not Fitzgerald's 1934 original
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...
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81 of 84 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars DO NOT READ THIS PENGUIN VERSION- unless you want the re-ordered chronological version, not Fitzgerald's 1934 original, 7 April 2009
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Mr. J. G. Nixon "MJN" (Hartlepool, UK) - See all my reviews
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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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82 of 86 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.
Closing with a superbly structured final paragraph that ranks as one of the most effective I’ve ever read – bringing together everything that the book seeks to explore in a few cogently dismissive and understated sentences – this is writing at its very best: compelling, perceptive, complex, timeless and, beneath its superficially “glossy” exterior, very true. If you haven’t read it do: it’s one of the best books out there.
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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
This review is from: Tender is the Night: A Romance (Penguin Modern Classics) (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.
Closing with a superbly structured final paragraph that ranks as one of the most effective I’ve ever read – bringing together everything that the book seeks to explore in a few cogently dismissive and understated sentences – this is writing at its very best: compelling, perceptive, complex, timeless and, beneath its superficially “glossy” exterior, very true. If you haven’t read it do: it’s one of the best books out there.
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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
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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. The result is a particularly bleak view of life, in which the tenders may end up more injured by life than those they tend. What good is it to please everyone else, if they offend rather than please you instead?
The character portrayals of Rosemary Hoyt, Dick Diver, and Nicole Diver are remarkably finely drawn. I can remember no other book where three such interesting characters are so well developed. You will feel like each of them is an old friend by the time the novel ends.
If you have ever had the chance to read Freud, the novel will remind you of his writings. There is the same fine literary hand, the succinctness and clarity of expression, and the remorseless directness of looking straight at the unpleasant. I felt like I was reading Freud rather than Fitzgerald in many sections.
This book should open up your mind to thinking about which social conventions you observe that leave you uncomfortable . . . or which are in contradiction to your own nature. Having surfaced those misfitting parts of your life, I suggest that you consider how you could shift your observation of conventions to make them more meaningful and emotionally rewarding for you.
Be considerate because it pleases you to be, not as a ruse to obtain love!
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8 of 8 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 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Clean edition of a classic book, 17 Jan 2013
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This edition is F. Scott Fitzgerald's 1934 original novel. There is a cheaper edition, but I noticed reviews saying it had spelling and punctuation mistakes, and even missing text. So I was glad I bought this edition which is free from errors and well laid out. There are contemporary photographs between chapters which are unique to this version as well.

If you haven't read Tender is the Night before, it's a longer and more challenging work than The Great Gatsby, more ambitious and more rewarding in my mind. You can see the influence of Sigmund Freud and notions of madness. I would recommend you Google 'Hemingway's Letter to F Scott Fitzgerald' to see what another great writer thought about this classic book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Diver Sinks, 12 July 2013
F. Scott Fitzgerald's masterpiece is the story of the incredibly named Dick Diver and his fall from grace that occurs over a 6 year period after the First World War.

Diver is a young psychoanalyst (dives into the unconscious) who rescues young heiress Nicole (both Americans abroad in Europe) from madness, and then dives down into alcoholism and ultimately, into the lower classes by the end of the book. Diver falls from the matinee idol, supremely intelligent up and coming Doctor into an abused and self-abusive victim in a few short years.

Brilliantly structured (it starts in the middle, goes back to the beginning and ends tragically) and written with skill and assurance that simply takes the breath away, this tale has transformed my already high opinion of this writer into one of great reverence.

Nicole Warren Diver transforms from a victim rescued into his independent persecutor, while Dick mutates from super-special hero into pathetic victim. It happens so gradually, you hardly notice. You see the corrupting influence of too much money and too much leisure and wonder how anyone can life such stupid, idle, wasted lives.

As Dylan said, 'you've read all F. Scott Fitzgerald's books' - well, now I have, and I declare myself, blown away.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fitzgerald's most personal novel, 21 Jun 2007
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In a Swiss sanatorium above lake Zürich, Dr Richard (Dick) Diver meets a fascinating young patient, Nicole Warren. Nicole suffers from Divided Personality at its acute down-hill phase which translates in her fear of men because she was the victim of incest after her mother's death.

Nicole's state improves after some time at the clinic and Richard marries her. They move to the French Riviera where they live in the glamour provided by Nicole's family money but soon their luck runs out.

This novel is Fitzgerald's most personal one if one considers that his own wife Zelda became increasingly troubled with mental illness in the 1930s and so the story of Dick Diver and his schizophrenic wife Nicole shows the pain that the author went through himself. It is the moving account of the collapse of a marriage and an attempt to diagnose the sickness and destruction that money breeds. Dick's final loneliness in the novel reflects Fitzgerald's own dive into drink and despair.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful edition, 16 Jan 2013
Just when I completed the wonderful new edition of The Great Gatsby accompanied by stylish vogue illustrations, my eyes get to feast on another fine new edition of F. Scott Fitzgerald: Tender Is The Night, again lavishly illustrated with period photographs. I feel that these new editions will appeal just as much to people coming fresh to F. Scott Fitzgerald as to seasoned veterans like myself who can enjoy these familiar works in a fresh new light. Buy it and see!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Avoid Kindle Edition, 22 Oct 2012
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This isn't a review of the novel (which is brilliant) but of this kindle edition which is atrocious. It would be nice perhaps if the kindle editions were actually read through prior to issuing as this one contains numerous spelling mistakes, weird punctuation and, worst of all, missing words and sentences. It starts out OK but gradually gets worse and I gave up about 25% in as there was one point where I really struggled to understand what was happening due to the quantity of missing sentences. I'm still in the half kindle / half proper books camp, but in this instance buy the physical item and enjoy what is a genuine classic as it should be enjoyed.
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