Book of the Week

Tender Is The Night by F. Scott Fitzgerald, his lesser known although highly praised masterpiece. Originally published in 1934, the novel is Fitzgerald’s fourth and last completed work. Why is this novel pertinent? It is actually semi-autobiographical, mirroring circumstances of Fitzgerald’s immediate family life at the time: egotism caused by wealth, his wife Zelda becoming a diagnosed schizophrenic and his eventual demise at the hands of alcoholism. While some of the elitist, Roaring Twenties-related themes in the novel are difficult to relate to, Fitzgerald does a magnificent job in framing human nature’s many angles through beautiful prose that turns its back to cliches all throughout the novel. Well worth the read, if I may say so myself.

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