on 6 December 2013
The book and its cover are nice enough but of course the story, unfinished and unedited, still represents the highest achievement of this author. His ability to draw characters, to let them interact naturally, to weave an atmosphere in as few words as possible are a rare talent, and were this story finished it would (in my view) be an extension of The Great Gatsby rather than Tender is the Night, based on what he did manage to finish. A great sadness that he didn't live to complete it.
As for the book itself, it is well presented and forms part of a series of "hardback classics" that are worth showing on any bookshelf, but that is of course a mere bonus for those who like good books.
on 13 March 2013
Just when I thought I had covered all the F. Scott Fitzgerald in town, this little beauty pops up and yaps at me. Down, boy, down! I love his style, I love his grace. His buddy said 'grace under pressure' but I think F. Scott was the exemplar of that philosophy.
on 13 March 2013
It's widely thought that had he finished it, this novel would have been Fitzgerald's masterpiece. As it is, about half of the planned chapters completed, it is wonderfully readable. And this edition is one to cherish, with its lovely period pictures.
on 4 February 2013
If only Fitzgerald hadn't died far too young, this might have been better than the great gatsby, what's left is certainly very good. And i like the cover with Thalberg on it, he inspired the main character!
on 4 January 2016
Auden said he would exchange all his verse for the contents of this book and it is, indeed, a goody. The book shimmers with the life of Munroe - the eponymous hero who suffers ennui despite his job. It is based on a real person, who is celebrated in The Oscars, and the book is sad and poignant on a man's life.