A must-read for Fitzgerald fans. Mirrors his own life with Zelda.
Not a big fan of Fitzgerald, no matter how hard I try...
It took me two months of reading this book off and on to finish it. That is unheard of for me. usually I plow through something or I give up on it. I stuck with it because this was a book club selection so I wanted to be able to discuss it with my friends. Also, I found the story interesting and wanted to know what happened but ultimately was let down in that area. I found this to be a very bizarre book. The story, while intriguing, is strange and difficult to follow in spots. The timeline hops around a bit. Mostly, I found the writing to be extremely wordy and there were lots of words I didn't know the meaning of, which slowed me down. I'm glad I stuck with it and finished it but it wasn't an easy read. The only other Fitzgerald I've read is Gatsby and this was much different from that so I'm not sure what is more representative of his writing. I don't think I'd recommend this book at all.
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.