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Tender Is the Night by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Frances Scott Fitzgerald (1896 – 1940) is the most famous American writer of the “lost generation”.

The novel “Tender Is the Night” is composed of three parts, intertwining stories of the young actress Rosemary Hoyt, psychiatrist Dick, and his wife Nicole.

Scott Fitzgerald left seventeen manuscripts of the book. As he continued to refine the book, he wanted to portray a man, an idealist by nature, a lost cleric, who ascends to social heights, loses idealism, talent, sinking into the lion of alcoholism and fornication.

I was impressed by the book. It is a very psychological novel with many descriptions of psychoanalysis and trials of its uses. It is also a difficult psychological story where traumas and their consequences during childhood accompany the whole human life.

After reading it seems like the end of the novel is a good one, but it still feels like a depressing feeling as one of the main heroes chooses the life of an unfortunate self…

I read on the internet that this novel is a very biographical novel by F. S. Fitzgerald, based on his and his wife Zelda’s personal life experiences.

As you flee from pain, it seems like you have to go through all the steps that led to that pain.

© Fortune, 2009

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