TENDER IS THE NIGHT by F. Scott Fitzgerald

TENDER IS THE NIGHT

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Note from Kirkus' Vintage Review Editor:

The Great Gatsby was Fitzgerald’s third full novel, published before Kirkus Reviews was founded. Tender Is the Night (1934) was the novel that succeeded Gatsby. Kirkus gave it a solid review, but certainly not one you would expect for a novel by such a now-iconic American novelist. Fitzgerald’s reputation has grown over the decades, and it is interesting to look at how he and his new book were viewed almost 80 years ago. Kirkus is always honest, and sometimes surprising in its assessments.



KIRKUS REVIEW

Again an author who has built up a more or less established market, and his non appearance (in book form) over a period of several years, has stimulated interest in this first full length work since the publication of The Great Gatsby. A story of a psychiatrist, and of his lovely wife -- a marriage, on the surface ideally happy, but eaten underneath by the insecurity of its basis, and the coils that riches have placed around the husband. Against a background of the Riviera, of Paris, of Switzerland and a mental sanitarium, the drama is played out. The comparison with Private Worlds, which is inevitable, is not a sound one. The selling point of this book is the story itself, the almost morbid fascination of the lurking mystery, the deft shift of atmosphere from the gay nonchalance of the Riviera sands, to the horrors of the tragedy in a Paris hotel, and the final, and rather unexpected denouement. The psychological aspects are neither so sound nor so interesting as the Bottome book. This is for a less serious audience -- though not the college crowd that drank in his early books. Not wholly satisfactory, in final analysis -- but good reading. Headlined as the leading book on the publisher's list and sure of a good send-off.
Pub Date: April 1st, 1934
ISBN: 068480154X
Page count: 338pp
Publisher: Scribner
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: April 1st, 1934




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