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The Last Tycoon (Anglais) Relié – 29 mars 2012

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These sumptuous new hardback editions mark the 70th anniversary of Fitzgerald's death.Their eyes 'met and tangled. For an instant they made love as no one ever dares to do after. Their glance was slower than an embrace, more urgent than a call'. A novel of the glittering decadence of Hollywood in its heyday, this was Fitzgerald's last work and he died without completing it. The novel's tragic tycoon hero is Stahr. Caught in the crossfire of his own effortless cynicism and his silent, secret vulnerability, Stahr inhabits a world dominated by business, alcohol and promiscuity. If there is a moral or social necessity to film-making in this West Coast never-never land, Stahr does not always believe in it. If there is love he does not always see it. The sharpness of Fitzgerald's prose, the steely simplicity of his style, give a cutting edge to this study of Hollywood in the thirties, from which Fitzgerald draws a painfully bitter-sweet love affair and bids his own poignant farewell to the Great American Dream.

Biographie de l'auteur

F. Scott Fizgerald was born in 1896 in St Paul, Minnesota, and went to Princeton University, which he left in 1917 to join the army. He was said to have epitomized the Jazz Age, which he himself defined as 'a generation grown up to find all Gods dead, all wars fought, all faiths in man shaken'. In 1920 he married Zelda Sayre. Their traumatic marriage and her subsequent breakdowns became the leading influence on his writing. Among his publications were five novels, This Side of Paradise, The Great Gatsby, The Beautiful and Damned, Tender is the Night and The Last Tycoon (his last and unfinished work). Fitzgerald died suddenly in 1940.

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  • Relié: 208 pages
  • Editeur : Penguin Classics (4 novembre 2010)
  • Collection : HBK CLASSICS
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ISBN-10: 0141194081
  • ISBN-13: 978-0141194080
  • Dimensions du produit: 13,8 x 2,3 x 20,6 cm
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Par butterfingers le 26 mai 2010
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Excellent chef d'oeuvre de Fitzgerald. Édition poche, le papier n'est pas terrible, en revanche les notes originales de l'auteur sont aussi présentées. Ça vaut la peine.
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Gorgeous Coralie-Bickford Smith cover art! 7 mars 2011
Par Sara Burton - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Relié
I purchased all six of these books from the Canadian Amazon website (amazon.ca) several weeks ago because I couldn't bear to wait any longer for them to show up on the American site.

The covers are just gorgeous. The art is metallic and beautiful and the covers have a soft feel to them. The inside flap of the cover is perforated and is designed to be removed and used as a matching bookmark.

The cover art for this set of F. Scott Fitzgerald books was designed by Coralie Bickford-Smith - the genius behind the similarly beautiful Penguin cloth-bound classics series. Not only is the literature itself classic, but the books look like a classic collector's item as well! Friends compliment me on them all the time when they see them on my bookcase!
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A masterpiece in the making 23 mai 2009
Par David Bonesteel - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché
F. Scott Fitzgerald's final novel, left uncompleted because of the author's death, tells the story of Monroe Stahr, a hotshot Hollywood producer facing his mortality and longing for a second chance at love. The Hollywood sections, which were informed by the time Fitzgerald spent as a screenwriter, are wonderful, featuring the snappy dialogue and fast pace of a screwball comedy from the 40s. The prose in the romantic parts is a bit overheated and sappy, but no doubt that would have been improved by the author had he lived. A brilliant scene near the end, in which three children encounter the wreckage of a plane crash, makes me ache to read the novel that will never be.
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F. Scott Fitzgerald's last novel 2 mars 2014
Par Nucci - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché Achat vérifié
Fitzerald is one of my son's favorite authors and for Christmas one year I bought all of his books for their library. I finally bought this one for my own library. It is a challenge seeing the narrator, (Fitzgerald) as a female. Monroe Stahr is a Hollywood big shot and Fitzgerald doesn't finish his last novel before he dies. If you're looking for another Gatsby, it's not going to happen here. It's a good read, but it's not Gatsby.
F. Scott Fitzgerald At The Movies-Almost 24 février 2015
Par Alfred Johnson - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Relié
I suppose that it is just a matter of taste, or maybe just being a cranky literary guy of sorts, but publishing a well-known author’s last unfinished work, as here with F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Last Tycoon seems rather sacrilegious or perhaps just publisher’s greed to play off one last time on an author’s fame. I have no problem with, say, a publisher publishing a posthumous book like one did in 1964 with Ernest Hemingway’s A Moveable Feast since that book had been completed and moreover provided a great snapshot into the self-imposed American literary exile community, including some interesting insights into Fitzgerald as well, of post-World War I Paris.

The subject here, the partially told saga of the last of the self-made maverick movie producers, is hardly definitive, or as compellingly told about the corporatization of that profit-filled medium. Moreover the pieces here add nothing to Fitzgerald’s reputation which will always hinge on the novel, The Great Gatsby, maybe Tender Is The Night, and a slew of his prolifically produced short stories.
That said, that off my chest I will say that Fitzgerald who did do work as a screenwriter, although it is not clear how successfully, has a pretty good idea of what was going on in Hollywood once the “talkies” came in and forced the story line and dialogue of a film to ratchet up several notches. And then there is the question of putting what looks like a good idea on the screen with many times temperamental actors and inadequate financial backing. In any case the movie producer here, Monroe Stahr, is foredoomed to be the last of the independent filmmakers not only by the new system coming in place but by the fact that despite his “boy wonder” status for producing mostly hits and getting the most out of his employees come hell or high water he is headed for an early grave due to rough living and a weak heart.

The story, his story as far as it goes, is told by the daughter of one of his associates who is young enough, a college student at Bennington, to be seriously in love with him although he is only, at best, tepid toward her. The reason, or rather the big reason Monroe was still in thrall to the memory of his late actress wife, and, was smitten by a woman he met randomly on his studio lot who preternaturally looked like his late wife. That short tremulous love affair which ended in sorrow and departure is the human interest center of the story. Additionally there are scenes like how screenwriters write individually and collectively (or don’t write under either category), the importance of skilled cameramen in getting just the right effect that the director or producer whoever is hanging over him or her, how stars are made (or unmade), which gives an insight into the collective nature of the film industry no matter who produces, who directs, and who stars. That theme was done very well cinematically in the 1950s film, The Bad and the Beautiful about a post-World War II Monroe Stahr –like figure and the director, the rags to riches actress and the screenwriter he put the screws to in order to produce what he thought were great films.

There are also some interesting scenes, and some references sprinkled throughout The Last Tycoon, about the coming unionization of the industry, the fears that thought produced in the movie moguls, including Stahr, and a decidedly more morbid fear about the “reds” bringing revolution to their Hollywood front door which, perhaps, foreshadowed the post-war red scare Hollywood Ten blacklist night. Nice pieces, nice insights but as a whole the thing does not hang together since the driven Fitzgerald have not worked out all the kinks. Enough said.
The Last Gatsby? 4 juin 2015
Par SandwichGuy - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Relié
The prowess of Fitzgerald is palpable even through this rough form of the story he was molding. I admit some parts seemed somewhat lethargic and even at points even extraneous. The beauty of this work is the glimpse of its potential you feel while reading it. I honestly believe this novel could have compared to The Great Gatsby, had Fitzgerald lived to finish. The character of focus, Monroe Stahr is an intriguing and dynamic individual, and I found myself eagerly reading to learn more about him. If you are on the fence, do yourself a favor and get this book.
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