Thursday, March 31, 2022

Tender is the Night by F. Scott Fitzgerald -- BOOK BEGINNINGS


Do you reread books? 

I didn't used to. But in the last year or so I've been revisiting some favorite books that I read in high school and college. It's time. So far, I've concentrated on my favorite classics, like Lucky Jim, Oliver Twist, and A Tale of Two Cities. But I plan to make more of a habit of rereading and broaden my scope to include general favorites.

What are you reading this week? Please share the opening sentence (or so) with us here on Book Beginnings. You can also share the first lines from a book you want to highlight, even if you aren't reading it right now. 


I am rereading my favorite book from high school:

On the pleasant shore of the French Riviera, about halfway between Marseilles and the Italian border, stands a large, proud, rose-colored hotel. 

-- Tender is the Night by F. Scott Fitzgerald. I went through a big Fitzgerald phase in high school. Jazz Age Paris and the American authors who were part of that scene are always popular and I fell hard for the whole thing. 

Reading Tender is the Night again, I am surprised that I remember none of the plot! I remember that Dick and Nicole Diver hang out at the French Riviera. But I remember nothing about what happens. I find it more entertaining -- if less fraught with meaning -- than I did as a teenager. 

My reread of Tender is the Night is one of my Classic Club books


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The Friday 56 hosted by Freda's Voice is a natural tie in with this event and there is a lot of cross over, so many people combine the two. The idea is to post a teaser from page 56 of the book you are reading and share a link to your post. Find details and the Linky for your Friday 56 post on Freda’s Voice.


From Tender is the Night:
They were all very nice people for a while, very courteous and all that. Then they grew tired of it and they were funny and bitter, and finally they made a lot of plans.

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