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am 21. April 2000
Don't be mislead by the three-star rating. This was clearly going to be a four- or five-star book, except that Fitzgerald died after completing only the first 17 of 30 intended "episodes." The writing is his most economical since Gatsby, and the setting of Hollywood provides good fodder for Fitzgerald's recurring theme of scandal among the wealthy or celebrated. The story is related, for the most part, by a woman, the daughter of a well-known producer, about events that occurred five years ealier, when she was in college and in love with a dynamic young producer named Monroe Stahr. Though she loves him from a distance, her somewhat obsessive interest in the man is a useful way to relate his story. The writing was at times vintage Fitzgerald, sometimes recognizably unfinished, but always worth the experience. The notes, letters and outlines included in the version I read were extremely interesting and worth their inclusion. This is a book that I don't think anyone can read without saying, "I wish he had finished this." This is also a book that I recommend to anyone who appreciates and enjoys the writing of F. Scott Fitzgerald.
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am 3. November 1997
This working version of The Last Tycoon provides a finely detailed look from an insider--Fitzgerald--from within the starmaking machinery of Hollywood's Golden Age. I liked best the Stahr character (read: Thalberg) when he spins out his fevered visions of how his beleaguered writers could be kicked into inspiration thanks to his ingeniously quirky re-visions (literally) of their hackwork plots. His narrator--sometimes a female "Hollywood brat", sometimes a more omniscient p-o-v, swoops in and out between these studio scenes and a somewhat slatternly love interest for the overworked and undersatisfied mogul. I was reminded of Nick Carraway when reading Fitzgerald's attempts to come to grips with an unfamiliar, fabled-but-hubristic milieu. Reading it is not an entirely smooth process, but seeing the work-in-progress along with the scaffolding affords a rare glimpse into what might have emerged, in some critics' estimate, as one of his best novels since "The Great Gatsby."
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am 31. August 1998
Writers are endlessly second-guessing their work habits, their ideas and their purpose. As a novelist myself, I found this work-in-progress comforting, because it showed that even the greatest writers struggle with "The Process." Fitzgerald's inherent talent shines through, despite the incomplete nature of the work. The notes and other addenda helped shape the story even further for me, leaving it perhaps more fascinating for the wonder of what Fitzgerald might have done had he not died so young. I have groused in the past about the release of several Hemingway books after his death, and none has come close to the feeling of this unfinished work, but I cannot dispute the value to the reader of seeing these words, these last words, of one of America's greatest novelists. I am happy I got the chance.
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Writers are endlessly second-guessing their work habits, their ideas and their purpose. As a novelist myself, I found this work-in-progress comforting, because it showed that even the greatest writers struggle with "The Process." Fitzgerald's inherent talent shines through, despite the incomplete nature of the work. The notes and other addenda helped shape the story even further for me, leaving it perhaps more fascinating for the wonder of what Fitzgerald might have done had he not died so young. I have groused in the past about the release of several Hemingway books after his death, and none has come close to the feeling of this unfinished work, but I cannot dispute the value to the reader of seeing these words, these last words, of one of America's greatest novelists. I am happy I got the chance.
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am 11. März 1999
This is a fantastic book! Though unfinished, THE LAST TYCOON lives up to the supreme writing style of Fitzgerald's which was set forth in THE GREAT GATSBY. Judging from Fitzgerald's notes, published at the end of the novel, Fitzgerald had hoped for THE LAST TYCOON to be his master work. I really liked this book and I recomend it to other fans of F. Scout Fitzgerald.
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am 20. Juli 1998
The funny thing about this book is that it was never, and will never be, finished. However, the "end" is somewhat fitting. But, there are many questions left unanswered. If you are looking for a quick, enjoyable read, give this one a try. If you liked the Great Gatsby, I think you'll really like it...Happy reading
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am 7. Dezember 1999
The Last Tycoon by F.Scott Fitzgerald was more than just another depiction of the Jazz Age. Fitzgerald's theme, corruptive wealth is also present in The Last Tycoon. Even in this unfinished work Fitzgerald portrays the spirit of the age well at the same time critizes the values of our society.
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