Tender is the Night, Paperback Book
1.5 out of 5 (2 ratings)


New Penguin Essentials edition of the heartbreaking classic of the roaring twenties, Tender is the Night by F.

Scott Fitzgerald. 'I don't ask you to love me always like this, but I ask you to remember.

Somewhere inside me there'll always be the person I am tonight.' American psychoanalyst Dick Diver and his wife Nicole live in a villa on the French Riviera, surrounded by a circle of glamorous friends.

When beautiful film star Rosemary Hoyt arrives she is drawn to the couple - Dick contemplates an affair, while Nicole believes she's found a new best friend.

But a dark secret lies at the centre of the Divers' marriage.

A secret which could destroy Dick and Nicole and those close to them ...


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Classic fiction (pre c 1945)
  • ISBN: 9780140282559

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I found this book disturbing in what it revealed about the author's mindset. A misogynist and a racist from what I could tell. A bully. The era he was living in is no excuse: read Edith Wharton to see that it's not necessary to have those attitudes. I also found it surprisingly badly written; it was difficult to read and didn't flow, and I often found it difficult to know exactly what the author was alluding to, or more bluntly, what had just happened in the story. Perhaps it was his attempt to be arty, more likely there were assumptions about what his contemporary readership would understand. To me this just makes it dated. I was hoping to have found a new (old) author to explore but I won't bother. I am now interested in reading some feminist analysis of his relationship with his real life wife. Was she also sexually abused by her father I wonder or did he make that up, or take it from another person's life?

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The Great Gatsby was my first foray into the world of F. Scott Fitzgerald.I read Tender is the Night imediately upon finishing the Great Gatsby. I can't say how disappointed I am in both.I can see that possibly this was a completely new type of story in the 1930's but, regardless, I am mystified at why Fitzgerald is considered such a great author. I find the writing stilted and strange. I find the stories almost pointless and the characters without any merit at all!

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