Tender is the Night – F. Scott Fitzgerald

F. Scott Fitzgerald’s Tender is the Night feels rushed and, often times, wearisome. It’s a tale about the lives of two people, Dick and Nicole, and how they navigate the currents of their elitist and dramatized world.

It could have been a tragic encounter in the simplest and humane manner. The vibe of the book feels incomplete like a story haphazardly penned down for effect. Being his fourth and final novel, Fitzgerald leaves a lot to the reader’s imagination and grit.
The characters possess inconsequential personalities, it seems, mostly for the protagonist to have some kind of control over them.

Within its own narrative, the book fails on many counts. The stories within are interlaced and not given enough time to seep into the theme of the book. And so, at the end of the book, the feelings are the same as when you read the first page.