"Tender is the Night" by F. Scott Fitzgerald

In the wake of World War I, a community of expatriate American writers established itself in the salons and cafes of 1920s Paris. They congregated at Gertrude Stein's select soirees, drank too much, married none too wisely, and wrote volumes--about the war, about the Jazz Age, and often about each other. F. Scott Fitzgerald and his wife, Zelda, were part of this gang of literary Young Turks, and it was while living in France that Fitzgerald began writing "Tender Is the Night." Begun in 1925, the novel was not actually published until 1934. By then, Fitzgerald was back in the States and his marriage was on the rocks, destroyed by Zelda's mental illness and alcoholism. Despite the modernist mandate to keep authors and their creations strictly segregated, it's difficult not to look for parallels between Fitzgerald's private life and the lives of his characters, psychiatrist Dick Diver and his former patient turned wife, Nicole. Certainly the hospital in Switzerland where Zelda was committed in 1929 provided the inspiration for the clinic where Diver meets, treats, and then marries the wealthy Nicole Warren. And Fitzgerald drew both the European locale and many of the characters from places and people he knew from abroad.--from Amazon.com

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    I just joined today. I read this book years ago. Is it OK if I still come to the meeting? Is there dinner involved or a charge to attend?

    July 27, 2013

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    I'm not going to have this read in time and I've got family in the country that weekend. I'll start reading the next one.

    July 18, 2013

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    Overbooked for that weekend. Hope someone else who was on the waiting list enjoys it.

    July 11, 2013

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    Sorry, I haven't read the book yet.

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    June 2, 2013

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    sounds great. Was planning on reading that nool

    June 2, 2013

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    looking forward to this

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