Book Club: Tender Is The Night

Monday, November 19, 2018
We read a modernist classic this month for book club: Tender is the Night by F. Scott Fitzgerald, bringing me back to my English Lit. major days at Portland State University.

I was most intrigued by reading more about the genre of modernist classics, which was a genre that emerged from reaction to World War I.  The parallels between war and love were interesting to explore through our discussion.  Just as the Europe was broken to pieces, so are the lives of the characters of this novel.  As they pick up the pieces, they rebuild something that looks very different from before.  Did Rosemary really love Dick?  No, I don't think so.  Did Nicole really love Dick?  Doubtful.  Who does Dick love?  Love takes on many forms in this novel, but through those various love stories, lives are forever changed.  Their hearts are forever changed, as well as their identifies.  How many National identities were changed at the end of World War I?  Poland became an independent country, Russia became the Soviet Union, Czechoslovakia became its own nation, and The Ottoman Empire was replaced with Turkey and a few other countries in the Middle East, just to name a few.  The characters of the novel have a similar shift in identity with the course of the story, and, as always with literature, it is interesting to consider the historical context in which these novels were written and why.


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