Cover of Tender Is the Night
For many years I have been torn on whether I should consider Tender is the Night or The Great Gatsby as my all-time favorite novel. Both were written by F. Scott Fitzgerald, and both are masterpieces of the English language.
As I come from a fresh re-reading of Tender, I am definitely leaning toward it taking the place of my beloved Gatsby. I almost feel dirty for even considering cheating on what has been my favorite novel for over 20 years…but Tender is the Night does something to me that Gatsby, nor any other book (fiction or nonfiction) can do…
It causes deep physical and emotional reactions in me that last for days after I have finished reading it.
It is that well-written. That touching. Continue reading
L-R: F. Scotty Fitz, his only child, a daughter, “Scottie”, and wife Zelda Sayre
In case you didn’t know by now, F. Scott Fitzgerald is my favorite author. Not only was he an amazing writer, but he was one of those figures in history that lived fast, died young(ish), and should have left a beautiful corpse (oh he was stunning to gawk at…even on bad hair days), but apparently the mortician didn’t do a very good job, slopping makeup everywhere. (Jerk!)
F. Scott Fitzgerald’s literary works are known the world over for their heartbreakingly beautiful descriptions of one of the fastest decades in the 20th century—the 1920s. And like most good writers, a lot of it (dare I say most of it) was based on his wild life with his wife Zelda Sayre. Continue reading