Tender is the Night (Illustrated)

Tender is the Night (Illustrated)

by F. Scott Fitzgerald

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ISBN-13: 9783736816428
Publisher: BookRix
Publication date: 06/05/2014
Sold by: Bookwire
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 436
Sales rank: 1,211,305
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

Author of the widely lauded novel The Great Gatsby, as well as This Side of Paradise, The Beautiful and the Damned, and Tender is the Night, F. Scott Fitzgerald is best known for chronicling the excesses and tribulations of the Jazz Age. One of the leading authors of the post-World War I "Lost Generation," Fitzgerald often invokes themes of youth, beauty, and despair in his books and short stories. He was also known for his hard-partying lifestyle, as well as his marriage to the beautiful yet troubled Zelda Fitzgerald.

Date of Birth:

September 24, 1896

Date of Death:

December 21, 1940

Place of Birth:

St. Paul, Minnesota


Princeton University

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Tender Is the Night 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 128 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Prior to reading Tender Is the Night the only thing I had ever read by Fitzgerald was The Great Gatsby and I wasn't too crazy about that. Taking a chance with this one, I was well rewarded. This book was so sad, but compelling. I felt it was about the choices people make, how so many people do what they feel is the right thing, but it really isn't. I also found the atmospheric details of Americans in Europe during the 1920s to be rich and vivid. I found Rosemary to be an especially interesting character, and wondered what happened to her long after the novel ended. Dick was the saddest character, starting with so much promise and eventually fading away.
DaisyMae61 More than 1 year ago
I couldn't open it either. It's listed in my library and says "Download." When I click on it, nothing happens.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I wasn't sure what to expect when I first started this book. I'd read The Great Gatsby, and loved Fitzgerald's prose, but wasn't sure what to anticipate with something else. But I was pleasantly surprised. Never failing, Fitzgerald manages to depict and enhance his characters and their interactions with details that most other authors are unable to capture. The story lays out the lives of wealthy American expatriates, focusing on the deterioration of a marriage between Dick and Nicole Diver. With Dick, we see a man once regarded for his genuine charm, care, and gregariousness. Yet entrenched in the superficiality of European life...being a doctor at a sanitarium bombarded with a spectrum of psychiatric patients...married to a woman with frequent nervous breakdowns...and lured on by the whimsical innocence of an American actress, once heartfelt outgoingness turns into bitterness and a tool Dick uses to deride others. Additionally, Nicole's fluctuation of emotion, inability to fit in because of it, and dissatisfaction with Dick's distancing himself, combine to ruin their marriage. This was one of the saddest, yet truest love stories I've read--being almost circumstantial that they ceased to love each other, and nothing of their own doing. I strongly recommend.
tortuga24 More than 1 year ago
The "free" books I tried to download all had problems. This one wouldn't download.
Mike Bradshaw More than 1 year ago
Gives me an error message every time.
Aiowin More than 1 year ago
I was twelve when I read this, I was staying in Italy and was homesick, this book had me hanging on each word, amaing eve a thirteen year old could see that!
SilentClown22 More than 1 year ago
Ernest Hemingway, Fitzgerald's "frienemy", called this book a masterpiece. And he was right. Every word on every page of this book is utterly gorgeous. The plot, the characters, the dialogue, the setting in the Riviera, all of it breathtaking perfection. The first time I read it, I could not put it down for two straight days. It was just that good. Bless you, Mr. Fitzgerald, wherever you are, for giving us this work of art.
Elizabeth_Anderson More than 1 year ago
While Fitzgerald proved his genius with The Great Gatsby, I might not so readily attribute that much to this somewhat autobiographical story about people mostly abroad in Europe. I found it hard to like the characters in the story, and things don’t all resolve substantially at once like in The Great Gatsby. The narrative style is what kept me reading this book to the end. Also, there are enough other characters who pop up in the story to keep things lukewarm interesting. A product I would recommend is Sirens of Morning Light by Benjamin Anderson, a quest for a man in Iowa to regain his identity, which becomes entangled with people who claim to have known him when he discovers he is a scientific experiment. I believe the characters make sense in following through for what seems to be their rights.
Bookworm95AO More than 1 year ago
It's one of those books that is about nothing, yet about everything. A good read, and hard to put down.
basiaaa More than 1 year ago
I don't think I've ever read anything that was written quite like this novel. The language is exquisite, each sentence like a glorious shiny unique gem.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This romance novel is about multiple relationships mingling together. Rosemary first meets Dick Diver and instantly falls in love with him. The one problem is that Dick is married to Nicole. However, does Dick really love Nicole enough to stay with her, or is the beautiful Rosemary the one he loves? This novel is filled with interesting twists and turns on love. F. Scott Fitzgerald had a wonderful plot in this novel. He did an excellent job of showing his readers that money can lead to power, and all of that combined can destroy a wonderful person. This novel was wonderful, but the style in which he used was not my favorite. I have never read any of his other books and could not compare them, but if the style of his others were this horrible, then I would probably dislike them as I did this one. I did not like how he wrote the book in different time periods. He had his first book (the beginning) in present time, the second book (the middle) took place a few years before the first book, and then the third book (the end) took place a few years after the first. It was really hard to follow, but overall the story line was good.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I liked this book. The way everything was so detailed made it easier to visualize everything that was going on. Though you really had to be into it and paying attention or else you were completely lost. I also liked the short chapters, though they were packed with thrills and adventures. The French in the book would have been cool but I don't know any French so I hopped over it and continued reading and it never hindered my understanding of the book. What turned me on to this book was F. Scott's writing style, he is so photogenic in his writing style and telling of the setting make you feel like you are right there when tragedy sticks or when two characters fall in love. Also if you love the French country side or just like reading about it you will like this book. All in all I think if you like analyzing and doing some deep sea reading that you will love Tender is the Night. And tell your friends.
Guest More than 1 year ago
'Tender is the Night' is a very good book. I like Fitzgerald's style of writing and I also like how it is set in the 1920's. All of his character's were well-built and upon reading the book I felt as if I personally knew each one. This book is one of my favorites of Fitzgerald's. The only thing that I didn't like about it were the French words because I don't speak French. The rest of the book, however, was very good and an excellent read for fans of Fitzgerald.
Smiler69 on LibraryThing 7 months ago
It's taken me a long time to get around to this review. Truth is, I still can't find interesting to say about it. After reading The Great Gatsby, I became an instant fan of Fitzergarld¿s, which is why I picked up this book. But the style I found so enchanting in TGG quickly became cloying this time around, and furthermore I didn¿t connect with any of the characters or their experiences in this story, even though they are faced with issues, such as mental health problems, which normally touch me in some ways. This book had it's moments, but it's safe to say that had I started with Tender is the Night first, it would have given me a much less favourable impression of Fitzgerald's great talent. More tedious than enjoyable, but still glad I added it to my repertoire. Three stars because no matter what, you can't deny his genius as a writer.
amerynth on LibraryThing 8 months ago
I really didn't have a particularly strong reaction to F. Scott Fitzgerald's "Tender Is the Night" -- I really didn't love it or hate it... reading it didn't really impact me in any way. (I had expected to love it, having read and enjoyed "The Great Gatsby" many times.)The novel is the story of the Divers, a wealthy American couple, who spend time with a glittering crowd on the French Riviera, including a 19-year old actress named Rosemary Hoyt. It has all the hallmarks of the 1920's era lifestyle of fabulous parties and interesting characters wandering around alcohol soaked rooms. I especially liked "Book 1" of the story, but as the novel moved on it felt a bit rambling and disjointed. Not all of the pieces seemed to meld together. Perhaps this is because F. Scott Fitzgerald wrote this over nine years and included bits and pieces of other half-started novels before settling on this particular story. Overall, I just found this book to be "okay."
dalla on LibraryThing 8 months ago
Heavy going but beautifully written in parts. Slightly rambling and disjointed.
charlie68 on LibraryThing 8 months ago
Very well written, although I thought the plot meanders alot and ends a bit flat.
elizabrown on LibraryThing 8 months ago
an unusual winding tale that begins with great fourish and detail and has a non-ending tinged with hollow sadness, interesting in a historical sense ... wealthy americans in Europe in the 20's ... but left me feeling let down
sarathena1 on LibraryThing 8 months ago
One of the greatest novels of all time, beautifully (though esoterically) written. A love story encompassing mental illness, alcoholism, infatuation, tragic flaws, power, and pride.
Allisinner on LibraryThing 8 months ago
I debated rating this book higher and it may well deserve to rate higher as once I got through the first third of the book, I found it quite engaging. However, the first part of the book, I found the story and characters off putting enough to put it down and not touch again for a year. It may well be that high school English teahers were haunting me with their whispers of finding themes and symbols in a story that I was looking so hard for deeper meaning in every word that I was missing the story. I couldn't see the forest for the trees, so to speak. I must admit though, that once I did pick up the book again I found myself quickly involved with the story and caring about characters that I had previouly dismissed as unlikable. In the end I am glad I picked up this book once again and gave it a second chance.
rainbowdarling on LibraryThing 8 months ago
I gave this book a solid try - I really did. It's been on my shelf for ages, and I've never seemed to get past the first ten pages or so. This time, I really endeavored through, only to find that not one of the characters was compelling enough to make me want to see what happened to them. The style, while highly praised to me, just grated on my nerves after several pages and I found myself hesitant to read on.Ultimately, even the ending isn't satisfying as the "main character" ends up in ruin while other characters had a standard, uneventful existence at the end.
juliabeth on LibraryThing 8 months ago
For me, this was a disappointment for Fitzgerald; the story is a little scattered and the characters do not interest me or seize my investment the way I'm accustomed to his characters doing.
samantha464 on LibraryThing 8 months ago
While not as accessible as The Great Gatsby, this somewhat autobiographical novel is just as beautifully written and intensely felt. It shines the same subtly bleak light on a life that seems glamorous, showing in striking detail, without sentametality or banal description, the hidden lives of a family that seems to lead an ideal life.
mariamarthe on LibraryThing 8 months ago
Not an easy read - there is a lot of pain in this book, no doubt based on Fitzgerald's own experiences with his wife Zelda, who suffered from schizophrenia. It is a beautiful, touching, truthful book. I couldn't put it down.
donaldgallinger on LibraryThing 8 months ago
Not the most cohesive of Fitzgerald's work, Tender is the Night does deliver on Fitzgerald's beautiful prose and heartbreaking characterizations. The novel explores the disintegration of a promising young American doctor whose idealism comes under the crushing weight of hard capitalistic power. At times it becomes difficult to believe in the main character's steady decline since early in the novel he is depicted as so brilliant and thoughtful. However, Fitzgerald tries (and generally succeeds) in making the argument that American idealism is a fragile thing and not impervious to the destructive power of money.