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5.0 out of 5 stars Fitzgerald's most personal novel, 21 Jun 2007
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This review is from: Tender is the Night: A Romance (Penguin Modern Classics) (Paperback)
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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Initial post: 23 Dec 2011 13:35:40 GMT
Shuttergirl says:
What's the point of just writing plot spoilers?

In reply to an earlier post on 4 Jan 2012 17:12:07 GMT
willia says:
My opinion exactly!
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