Heartbreaking American masterpiece of the ‘Roaring Twenties’ based on Fitzgerald’s own experience
It is the French Riviera in the 1920s. Nicole and Dick Diver are a wealthy, elegant, magnetic couple. A coterie of admirers are drawn to them, none more so than the blooming young starlet Rosemary Hoyt.
When Rosemary falls for Dick, the Diver’s calculated perfection begins to crack. As dark truths emerge, Fitzgerald shows both the disintegration of a marriage and the failure of idealism. Tender is the Night is as sad as it is beautiful.
About the Author
F. Scott Fitzgerald (1896 -1940) is widely considered the poet laureate of the Jazz Age. He wrote many short stories and four novels, This Side of Paradise, The Beautiful and the Damned , Tender is the Night and The Great Gatsby . An unfinished novel, The Last Tycoon , was published posthumously.
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This was Fitzgerald's fourth and last novel. It was his least popular and probably too controversial for the 1930's. It is one of the great novels of the twentieth century.
It is autobiographical and Dick Divers decline and Nicole's illness mirror the lives of Fitzgerald and his wife Zelda. The schism in Nicole's mind likewise reflects the hypocrisy and decadence in 1930's American high society.
The Diver's idyllic life is seen to be a sham and disintegrates before our very eyes. The cracks appear when Dick starts a brief and furtive affair with the movie starlet Rosemary Hoyt. He has commenced this as a defence against the infidelity of Nicole whose illness has become an increasing burden.
The plot pivots around an incident in Rosemary's apartment which brings certain unpleasant truths to the surface. Including Dick's betrayal of justice to cover up for another's indiscretions and possibly crimes.
In the constant flashbacks to Nicole's treatment we discover the trigger for her illness. A true understanding of her condition and strange behaviours ensues for the reader.
This is a truly brilliant romantic novel and study of the complexity of mental illness.
"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
Number Of Pages: 344
Published: 1st March 2011
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 13.0 x 19.9 x 2.2
Weight (kg): 0.25
Edition Number: 1