To the French Riviera come Dick and Nicole Diver. Handsome, rich and glamorous, their dinners are legendary, their atmosphere magnetic. But something is wrong - Nicole has a secret and Dick a weakness. Together they head towards the rocks on which ...
their lives crash - and only one of them really survives. Fitzgerald worked on seventeen versions of this novel, the obsessions of which consumed his marriage and his life.
About a quarter of the way through this book I realized I had read it before but enjoyed reading it again and refamiliarizing myself with the characters. This is the sad story of what too much money, alcohol and free time can lead to. Upon reading
..." about what happens to Dick and Nicole Diver I almost seem happy not to be rich. Dick and Nicole are a semi-autobiographical copy of Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald and reading about Dick and Nicole you can picture the disintegration and breakdown of both Scott and Zelda and of their marriage.Continua...Nascondi
She had somehow given over the thinking to him, and in his absences her very action seemed automatically governed by what he would like, so that now she felt inadequate to match her intentions against his. Yet think she must; she knew at last the
... number on the dreadful door of fantasy, the threshold to the escape that was no escape; she knew that for her the greatest sin now and in the futire was to delude herself. It had been a long lesson but she had learned it. Either you think - or else others have to think for you and take power from you, pervert and discipline your natural tastes, civilize and sterilize you.Continua...Nascondi
He remembered once when the grass was amp ad she came to him on hurried feet, hrr thin slippers drenched with dew, she stood upon his shoes nestling close and held up her face, showing it as a book open at a page."Think how you love me," she
..." she whispered. "I don't ask you to love me always like this, but I ask you to remember. Somewhere inside me there'll always be the person I am to-night".Continua...Nascondi
"Going home?""Home? I have no home. I am going to a war.""What war?""What war? Any war. I haven't seen a paper lately but I suppose there's a war - there always is.""Don't you care what you fight for?""Not at all - so long as I'm well treated. When
...as I'm well treated. When I'm in a rut I come to see the Divers, because then I know that in a few weeks I'll want to go to war."Continua...Nascondi