Nicole is beautiful, brilliant, and a very broken young lady. When Nicole is feeling well and Dick isn't drinking, the couple draws people to their youth and beauty. One of those admirers is the young actress Rosemary Hoyt.
However, this novel fails on many account for me. Although the prose is undeniably beautiful and clever, the opposite can be said about the structure of the novel and its plot.
A group of rich white people having uninteresting conversations and trying to create drama at a party. This sums up the first part of the novel quite neatly- except add the a starlet falls in love with the main character, Dick Diver, but she is hesitant to snatch him away from his wife, as she admires them both.
What is clever, is that in the 2nd part, this supposedly ideal relationship and couple are deconstructed- their past is told and the reader realises that all is not as it seems.
The narrative blames his mentally ill wife Nicole as being the culprit for his demise- she was too much of a burden on him, etc. He had a lot of support from his friends one of whom begs him to work as a psychologist at his new laband many of his failures derive from his own choices and actions- such as choosing alcoholism instead of hard work, causing a mess and getting into trouble with the police abroad, etc.
Like Dick Diver, Fitzgerald saw himself as a man of great very great potential, and like Dick Diver, he had a mentally ill wife, who both seem to blame their lack of success on their mentally ill wives rather than looking at other factors such as their own actions and alcoholism!
This line in Wikipedia sums it up very neatly: Blaming Dick Diver and more subtly, his own failures on the figure of the mentally ill wife is both misogynistic and increases the stigma surrounding mentally ill people.
Unfortunately Rosemary is subject to the same sexism that afflicts other, less independent female characters like Nicole.
Furthermore, the novel is not only sexist, but racist. The reputations of white characters is seen as far more important than the actual lives of a black character. Overall, this novel falls far from deserving its fame and acclaim.
The Great Gatsby was much better. I wonder how this mindset continues into academia and the literary world. But on another hand, perhaps the critics potentially owing to their own positioning in the world were just blind to the misogynist and ableist cores of the novel.
What did you think of the novel? Feel free to tell me in the comments below. Originally written on 14 Septmberscheduled for 16 November The edition I read was the Cambridge University Press edition Book Review: Tender is the Night by F.
Scott Fitzgerald Tender is the Night, F. Scott Fitzgerald Reading a Fitzgerald is always a strange experience; his books are sad, but you feel almost happy in the sadness. F. Scott Fitzgerald was born in St. Paul, Minnesota, in He attended Princeton University, joined the United States Army during World War I, and published his first novel, This Side of Paradise, in That same year he married Zelda Sayre and for the next decade the couple lived in New York, Paris, and on the Riviera.
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Nov 16, · Review: Tender is the Night by F. Scott Fitzgerald November 16, September 14, nheiyan F. Scott Fitzgerald’s final novel is supposed to be about the failed potential of a great man, Dick Diver and his complex relationship with his wife, Nicole Diver.
Tender is the Night, the book that caused F Scott Fitzgerald the most artistic heartache, was neither a critical nor a commercial success when it was first published in F.
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