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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, 7 April 2009
This review is from: Tender is the Night (Penguin Popular Classics) (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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Initial post: 22 Jul 2009 18:45:45 BDT
In that case what do you recommend as the 'proper' version?

Posted on 22 Aug 2009 11:29:31 BDT
CW says:
In which case I think we'll give it a go - my book group of Italian friends HATE flashbacks - it's difficult enough reading another language!

In reply to an earlier post on 25 Jul 2013 14:59:36 BDT
Last edited by the author on 25 Jul 2013 15:05:09 BDT
Josef K says:
Dear Lunababymoonchild,
I've just come across your question. The Wordsworth Classics Edition gives FSF's own 'flashback' version. It also contains 'The Last Tycoon', and all in a very nice edition for £1.99. Hope this helps.
Best wishes, Josef K.

Posted on 23 Aug 2013 10:11:08 BDT
Last edited by the author on 23 Aug 2013 12:56:04 BDT
Penguin issued a new, 're-ordered' version of Tender Is The Night in the 1980's, when It was on the A Level English syllabus, and it caused havoc, as students in their second year had the original version, whereas those in Year 1 of the sixth form all had the new Penguin version. The exam board issued a statement accepting either version for the examination! We even had the Penguin editor come to address the students and I think he was rather taken aback by the strength of feeling amongst some of the them, influenced perhaps by the passion of their teacher for the novel!

Fitzgerald did come to think in his later years that Tender might be more successful if it were to be re-ordered, as he knew that the novel had something more special than had been acknowledged. In my view, however, much of the suspense and power of the original is lost in a re-ordered version, not to mention the impact of the stunning opening descriptions of the Divers and friends on the beach at Antibes on the French Riviera.
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