Tender is the Night
Fitzgerald is famed for his iconoclastic The Great Gatsby. But his fourth and final finished novel Tender is the Night does more than hold a candle to Gatsby’s brilliance. The evocative, elegiac tale traces the crumbling marriage of the Drivers (Dick a young psychoanalyst and Nicole a wealthy heiress and his expatient) in the backdrop of Switzerland and the fashionable French Rivera in 1925. Painting a haunting portrait of the post-war 1920s glamour, the transience of love and the debilitating quality of a hedonistic lifestyle, there are plenty of dazzling parties camouflaging the protagonists’ hollow lives. Reflecting Fitzgerald’s real-life volatile marriage to wife Zelda, this modernist mustread is suffused with the yearning for simpler love and innocent times.