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New Meetup: Fitzgerald: Tender is the Night

From: Arlinda S.
Sent on: Monday, June 7, 2010 12:49 PM
Announcing a new Meetup for Classic Books!

What: Fitzgerald: Tender is the Night

When: Sunday, June 20,[masked]:00 PM

Price: $2.50 per person

Crema Cafe
27 Brattle St
Cambridge, MA 02138

"There were fireflies riding on the dark air and a dog baying on some low and far-away ledge of the cliff. The table seemed to have risen a little toward the sky like a mechanical dancing platform, giving the people around it a sense of being alone with each other in the dark universe, nourished by its only food, warmed by its only lights." -- from "Tender is the Night"

Fitzgerald distilled much of his tempestuous life with his wife Zelda in this tender, supple and poetic portrait. To the just-fashionable French Riviera come Dick and Nicole Diver--handsome, rich, glamorous and enormous fun. Their dinners are legend, their atmosphere magnetic, their intelligence fine. But something is wrong. Nicole has a secret and Dick a weakness. Together they head towards the rocks on which their lives crash.

"Gatsby was a tour de force, but this is a confession of faith." -- F. Scott Fitzgerald

A clue to unlocking the novel lies in the epigraph, a freely quoted excerpt from John Keats' "Ode to a Nightingale":

"Already with thee! tender is the night.
? But here there is no light,
Save what from heaven is with the breezes blown
Through verdurous glooms and winding mossy ways."

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