Tender is the Night
Tender is the Night by F. Scott Fitzgerald
4 of 5 stars
When the young starlet Rosemary meets Dick and Nicole Diver, she idolizes the couple and sets off a series of events in their lives which slowly disintegrates their marriage.
Her ego began blooming like a great rich rose as she scrambled back along the labyrinths in which she had wandered for years. She hated the beach, resented the places where she had played planet to Dick’s sun.
Of all Fitzgerald’s books which I’ve re-read, this is the one which I remembered the least, which is maybe why it drew me in so much. I didn’t know what to expect, and the plot kept twisting and turning in ways I hadn’t expected. Tender is a bit of a midpoint between the plot-driven Gatsby and the philosophical Paradise — exploring the depths of the human experience through the fascinating characters of Rosemary (a naive young girl that views the Divers through rose-colored glasses in Part I), Dick Diver (a somewhat egotistical man who sees himself as a martyr to his wife’s psychosis in Part II), and Nicole Diver (a woman watching her husband spiral out of control and turn into someone whom she can’t trust or love in Part III). The competing points of view together paint a picture that reminds the reader not all is as it seems with others and there are two sides to every story.
Overall: Striking a balance between plot and philosophy, this is a tender story of love found and lost.