Monday, January 24, 2011

Tender Is the Night

Finished Tender Is the Night by F. Scott Fitzgerald. Set in the south of France and Switzerland, it is the story of Dick Diver, a promising and attractive young American psychiatrist who befriends Nicole, a rich, young American mental patient, and eventually marries her. In his careful keeping of Nicole, Dick deeply immerses himself. Over the years as she grows stronger, Dick encounters several personal crises which manifest a downturn in his career and overall character. This is a quietly painful portrait of a marriage as it dissolves. It's been a long time since I read Fitzgerald. I'd forgotten the high quality of his prose.

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