Tender is the Night – By F. Scott Fitzgerald

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Goodreads Synopsis: Set on the French Riviera in the late 1920s, Tender Is the Night is the tragic romance of the young actress Rosemary Hoyt and the stylish American couple Dick and Nicole Diver. A brilliant young psychiatrist at the time of his marriage, Dick is both husband and doctor to Nicole, whose wealth goads him into a lifestyle not his own, and whose growing strength highlights Dick’s harrowing demise. A profound study of the romantic concept of character, Tender Is the Night is lyrical, expansive, and hauntingly evocative.

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Like most people I’ve read Fitzgerald’s famous book, The Great Gatsby, and I liked it and so I thought it was high time that I read another of his books. Tender Is the Night is Fitzgerald’s last completed novel.  I’ve always loved the way that F. Scott Fitzgerald writes, it always has a haunting nostalgic quality.

The story follows several characters, Rosemary and Dick being the principle characters. It’s sometimes hard to get to know characters in classic literature because the writing style is so different from what it is now. But this book was enjoyable nonetheless.

I personally wanted to hear more of the story from Nicole’s side. Her life in the story is troubled and yet she’s a very strong person.  Dick is an unusual man, to me he felt very lost throughout the whole story, like he never quite settled on what he wanted to do with his life. And despite Rosemary being one of the main characters I felt like she had the least substance of all of them. She’s pretty and a talented actress, but besides that there wasn’t much to her. In fact she falls into the old cliche of falling in love with Dick at first sight.

I was surprised by the issue that Tender is the Night brought up. Nicole suffers from an extreme irrational fear of men, because she was abused by her father as a young girl. I thought it was interesting that Fitzgerald explored something like that.

In the end this story was a solid 3 star book.

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