Which version of "Last Tycoon" is best? Mateusz Nowak I have only read the '68 edition and loved it but don't have anything to compare against, interested to hear what people think. See 1 question about The Love of the Last Tycoon…. Lists with This Book. I do not know how to review this book. Maybe not his most well-read Gatsby is perfect for high school underclassmen reading lists - theme-filled AND obvious but definitely his best.
I shall make them bright, and whether they shine or not, it is in these fingers that they shall succeed or fail. Fitzgerald treats his women better, even his minorities better. I wonder how they manage it. Thorough Sparknoting, but Sparknoting all the same.
Maybe he would have gotten too wrapped up in it - made it too much like Gatsby, rewritten the themes as too obvious, changed the ending or added more motifs. Maybe Kathleen would have gotten the treatment Daisy Buchanan did. Maybe it would have always been way too overshadowed by Gatsby to get any attention. I loved this so, so, so much. If only you had another year. View all 5 comments. Aug 29, Jeff rated it it was amazing.
I'm not precisely sure why this book effected me the way it did, but it certainly did. Fitzgerald finished writing the fifth chapter of this book before he had a heart attack and died. When you get to the end of this unfinished novel, you find the last word one of the greatest American writers ever wrote. Something about this is chilling. And despite the fact that one can not make any substantial investment in characters who we know in advance we'll never know completely or whose stories we won' I'm not precisely sure why this book effected me the way it did, but it certainly did.
And despite the fact that one can not make any substantial investment in characters who we know in advance we'll never know completely or whose stories we won't ever realize; there is something in the simplistic and honest quality of this novel that pits it amongst Fitzgerald's greats. He himself said in his notes and letters to friends that he had no fear in writing this novel and that it was to most resemble Gatsby, but in a new way. He wanted to expose things to people in nuanced ways. My version came with the author's original outline and plot synopsis so you can piece together the original intention; but what is really important is what you get: Calamity in the real world.
What you get is Fitzgerald's last hurrah; his final statement. What you get, is a novel that could have been, and is enough. Oh, Fitzgerald, Fitzy, Scott, F.
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I kept putting this one off because I knew exactly how it would leave me, and I was exactly right. It still almost is, even terribly unfinished. The other woman was more missed in her absence. They were alone and on too slim a basis for what had passed already. View all 3 comments. May 14, Daniel Clausen rated it it was amazing Shelves: Originally, I had planned not to rate this book at all.
After all, it's an unfinished novel. Here on display is one of Fitzgerald's best literary tricks -- to have characters act in peculiar and implausible ways and to make them completely realistic and plausible. I loved every scene in this book. There is not a single sentence in this book, a single line, that doesn't crackle with energy. I just wished I could have read the finished product.
Monroe is a widower, his work now his mistress. One night, a water main breaks during an earthquake, and two young women are being swept away in the deluge.
He manages to rescue them. One of the girls looks like his late wife. Monroe is intrigued, and searches her out. Monroe finds himself smitten, but Kathleen has a secret. Cecilia wants Stahr in a most grown-up way, even though he looks at her rather like a niece. Why, literary gods, why? I think the reason is Hollywood. The author had, of course, spent his final years working in Hollywood, miserably writing miserable screenplays just for the big paychecks he needed.
If he followed-through on his notes and outlines, I think it could have fizzled in unnecessary melodrama. An incomplete first draft only of the book FSF was still writing when he died, this feels like a new departure or at least a fresh start. As in Gatsby there is a first person narrator who isn't one of the romantic protagonists, and large sections of what exists are almost third-person narratives of the doomed love between Monroe Stahr and Kathleen. What marks a diversion from the previous books is that this is set in Hollywood and that Stahr is a film producer: Offering up an insider's view of Hollywood, complete with concerns about unionization and communism, this is a book about a man who works, and works hard at his trade.
Does anyone write romance like FSF? For an instant they made love as no one ever dares to do after. Their glance was closer than an embrace, more urgent than a call. Mar 17, Ben rated it liked it Shelves: I have now read all of Fitzgerald's major published works. After finishing The Love of The Last Tycoon , the incomplete manuscript on his desk when he died, I ask immediately wonder how this novel differs from his other works. Did he know he had this one last chance to voice his ideas? Did he compile the breadth of his lifelong learning into his final literary hero?
Unfortunately, we can only speculate on these questions. But I find comfort in the idea that we would not have these questions had n I have now read all of Fitzgerald's major published works. But I find comfort in the idea that we would not have these questions had not Fitzgerald left The Love of The Last Tycoon as his final stamp on American literary art. Fitzgerald's protagonist, Monroe Stahr, stands apart from the other heroes of his novels. Amory Blaine endures a sort of intellectual maturation which coincides with his struggle with humility.
Anthony Patch, born to privilege, would rather spend his time thinking about his future instead of pursuing it. Jay Gatsby put a human face on the iconic rich and influential socialite image of the s. And the autobiographical sketch of Dick Diver portrays a man burdened with a sick love. Only with Monroe Stahr do we meet a hero who seems to have it all, a self-sustaining character who does not need a feminine Virgil to guide him, a successful businessman who nobly soars above a town of flared egos and disingenuous fakes. We might think of Gatsby, but Stahr differs by bearing his full persona to everyone, even by mixing an arrogant sense of savior ethics into his professional career as a producer.
He also seems to embrace any self-inflicted personal detriment and defends his methods like a Hollywood mystic who confidently awaits others to naturally arrive at his conclusions. I wanted to appreciate Cecelia's first-person narrative more than I did. Nick Carraway remains the heavy-weight champion in this arena. But I did appreciate her overall tone. For a young woman, writing about something which happened in her childhood, I liked the contrast of her tired and seemingly cynical tone with her proximity to the glamorous bustle of Hollywood life. Fitzgerald positions her as a Hollywood insider but with no personal credits in movies - the privileged fly on a wall in a town which hasn't wrapped her in its spider silk.
Fitzgerald presents her with a keen sense of simile which cleverly meets the demands of the situation while cultivating her consistently disenchanted tone. At least half of the novel, however, happens away from her presence. So how much do we believe about a story which takes place in Hollywood about the most successful and revered contemporary Hollywood producer from someone who was absent from much of the story? I don't believe Fitzgerald made a mistake. I think he wants us to ask this question - a scripted silver screen drama based on real life.
And he developed her tone to draw us in just enough to consider how these people relate to us. Unfortunately, Fitzgerald did not have the chance to finish this book, and though I commend Matthew Bruccoli for producing a publication enhanced with editing notes and outlines from Fitzgerald himself, readers can only contemplate open-ended themes doomed to resolution purgatory. Nonetheless, I think Fitzgerald did reach an important stage of the story as Stahr vulnerably enters the center of the hero's labyrinth and faces himself.
And, again, as opposed to Fitzgerald's other heroes, I don't think Stahr felt familiar with himself when coupled with some of the people who enter his life. His brief love affair with Kathleen tests his conviction for his Hollywood work by presenting an escape into a more traditional American life.
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The last episodes with the visiting communist force him to acknowledge his personal ethics particularly regarding relations with writers. Stahr strikes me with his honesty as he faces himself. While many heroes wage bloody battle against the beast representing their other half, I imagine Stahr finding the beast, introducing himself with one hand in his pocket, his head tipped to one side, slightly squinting as he assesses his adversary. The beast says nothing to disarm him. Perhaps he defends his choices and his noble intentions.
Perhaps he even describes what he sacrifices for a growing town which transforms the imagination into a reality of sensory overload. But we don't see Stahr come out of the labyrinth. And we don't know who "survives" the interaction in the center. But we do meet a very different Fitzgerald vision - a confident man, a brilliant and intuitive Hollywood producer, a loveable persona and the last of the traditional Americana icons. Dec 13, Denis rated it it was amazing. Another Fitzgerald novel that I read in French a long time ago, and have just rediscovered with wonder by reading it in English.
There's something about Fitzgerald's writing style that is really unique and that no translation, as good as it may be, can communicate.
Because The Last Tycoon is unfinished, and is a work in progress that will always stay this way, it can come across as frustrating not to have the complete novel, and to read sentences and paragraphs that the author may have rewritten Another Fitzgerald novel that I read in French a long time ago, and have just rediscovered with wonder by reading it in English. Because The Last Tycoon is unfinished, and is a work in progress that will always stay this way, it can come across as frustrating not to have the complete novel, and to read sentences and paragraphs that the author may have rewritten.
But it's actually an incredibly fascinating read. It is very moving to dive into this manuscript knowing it's an incomplete draft, that was supposed to be perfected - you can almost feel Fitzgerald writing it. More than that, it is one of the very best if not the best novels ever written about Hollywood: Fitzgerald has perfectly understood how the whole system worked - which makes his own failure at working within this system heartbreaking. Monroe Stahr, reminiscent of Gatsby in some aspects, is a wonderfully enigmatic character, he's the heart of a deeply melancholic story that, once more, goes to the heart of the American dream - this time as it's been shaped by Hollywood and its mythology.
Feb 25, Phee rated it liked it Shelves: I really wish that Fitzgerald had the chance to finish this before he died. I think out of all his novels this had the potential to be as great as the Great Gatsby. My copy of this book had notes on how Fitzgerald planned to finish the novel, he planned meticulously by all accounts.
Junio, I Watched the movie again last night. I'm not sure why but, for some reason, I prefer the film version to the book. I wonder why that is I mean, I think the movie had a certain something a superior someone I know it had something someone definitely superior Of course, the book was amazing But the movie had a 'something' and it was certainly more amazing Sep 12, Hana rated it really liked it Shelves: Scott Fitzgerald's final book.
He never finished it. On December 21, , the day after he wrote chapter 6, Scott Fitzgerald died of a heart attack. For an unfinished novel The Last Tycoon is a powerful work. I feels like a second draft rather than the first draft that it apparently is. Heavens, the man could write!
My copy was a first edition, published in and is titled simply, The Last Tycoon--a much more fitting title. Unlike many of Fitzgerald's characters, Stahr is no playboy but rather a hard driven producer, immensely talented, working often around the clock at an impossible business.
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At one point Stahr pops a Benzedrine and I was reminded of my time on Wall Street where almost all of the traders and quite a few of the investment bankers lived on cocaine and coffee. The atmosphere and pace of Hollywood life is vividly captured here. The romance s is secondary--and from the notes that was intentional. This is primarily a book about an industry and the powerful men who dominate it. The issues of the day are central: Communism, censorship, unions, tight studio budgets.
It was a time when ordinary Americans were still so damaged from the Depression that going to the movies was a nearly impossible luxury and class resentment was so sharp that the rich often feared that revolution was nigh. El libro es narrado a dos voces, la principal, que es un narrador en tercera persona, y con ocasionales interrupciones de Cecilia, la hija de un director de cine que trabajaba con Monroe Stahr.
Aunque claro, no nos dejan con un final repentino. Si tienen la oportunidad de conseguirlo, no lo piensen dos veces, vale mucho mucho la pena. Haunted by the death of his wife, s Studio Head Monroe Stahr works eighteen hour days, each one a collision of talent meetings, set visits, script brainstorms and preview screenings.
He's the "last of the princes", is making the studio millions and seems bullet proof. At the end of an epic day, an earthquake breaks two water BBC Blurb: At the end of an epic day, an earthquake breaks two water mains, sending a roaring river of water through the studio. And with it, the huge floating head of the goddess Shiva - a film prop. As Stahr leaves his office to inspect the damage he sees the head floating by and on it two women, one of them the mesmerising Kathleen.
It's the beginning of a love affair that will destroy him. As their affair plays out, we follow the disintegration of one of the great Hollywood legends, and also witness the darker heart of the Hollywood machine as a paranoid fear of communism comes to the fore. It's a gorgeous, excruciating, heady tale - based on Fitzgerald's own painful experiences working in Hollywood as a screenwriter.
View all 4 comments. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. View all 6 comments. I finally read F. It had been on my bookshelf for decades literally! Fitzgerald died of a heart attack at 44, and this final work was only half-written. This finally compelled me to read the book. As it related to the television series, the two stories are dramatically different. While a handful of the main characters are the same, many of their actions and motivations were different, and many plot points of the story were changed.
I do recommend the show to adults interested in s era Hollywood I say adults because the show does contain profanity, some full nudity, and mostly mature content. However, I highly recommend it to writers and anyone who is interested in looking behind the scenes of how a story is written. It was fascinating to read it as a work in progress. I knew going in to The Love of the Last Tycoon that I would feel unsatisfied with it, that it would be nearly impossible to review this incomplete work in a fair light.
Yet, I dove right in with high hopes and left myself vulnerable to its shortcomings. This was the novel F. Scott Fitzgerald had been working on just before his untimely death. Because of this, the novel was left unfinished and, as a result, is riddled with flaws. The obvious critiques I have are concerned with the story not havin I knew going in to The Love of the Last Tycoon that I would feel unsatisfied with it, that it would be nearly impossible to review this incomplete work in a fair light.
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