Early this year I read The Great Gatsby with, I'll admit, some trepidation, since I'd read it in high school pretty much hated it. But my second exposure was much more pleasant and, if not my favourite book, I could definitely appreciate certain aspects of its structure, and especially Fitzgerald's descriptive power. So when my Goodreads group decided to read Tender is the Night, I was in with only minor hesitation.
|Menton, South of France|
Possibly autobiographical, at the very least, it is said that Fitzgerald drew from his own life experiences. Yet Fitzgerald did not delve very deeply into the mental illness aspect, which lessened the impact of the characters and perhaps made their shallowness stand out more prominently. And, if indeed it is autobiographical, Fitzgerald lumped himself (Dick) in with all the shallow people who had nothing better to do but party, cheat on their spouses and try to ignobly wiggle out of any trouble they found themselves in.
|Villa Ephrusi, Cap-Saint-Jean-Ferrat|
It's not often that I don't finish a classic but I just couldn't make it through this drivel. Will there be any more Fitzgerald's in my future? One never can say for sure, but I doubt it.
On a positive note, the title for this book was taken from the poem, Ode to a Nightngale by John Keats, which can be read here for those who are interested!