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Old 03-09-2012, 03:46 PM   #31
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It took me a long time, but I am really glad I read it - I enjoyed it thoroughly, though the prose was at times beyond me, but as a non native speaker I am (sadly) used to it!

I am also glad I am late, as I have really enjoyed your comments - so let me only mention three that I don't think you have touched upon.

First, I wondered whether Dick's total obliteration in the end was really necessary from the narrative point of view: it is story of love that fades, and the final paragraphs describing Dick's demise felt a bit of an overkill to me.

Secondly, the Divers children felt a bit of an afterthought, and the scenes with them for me did not feel as compelling as the rest.

Finally, one thing which struck me is that, this book being written when it was, I was really surprised by the lack of any reference to what was happening politically (the rise of fascism and the Nazi), besides the funny hats of Italian carabinieri!

It is (shamefully) my first Fitzgerald book, but it won't be the last!
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...I wondered whether Dick's total obliteration in the end was really necessary from the narrative point of view: it is story of love that fades, and the final paragraphs describing Dick's demise felt a bit of an overkill to me.
When I read the following at the end of a chapter near the end of the ebook (book three chapter nine) I thought it was over and wish it had ended here. Being an ebook I didn't realize it was not finished yet until I clicked further.

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And suddenly, in the space of two minutes she achieved her victory and justified herself to herself without lie or subterfuge, cut the cord forever. Then she walked, weak in the legs, and sobbing coolly, toward the household that was hers at last.

Dick waited until she was out of sight. Then he leaned his head forward on the parapet. The case was closed. Doctor Diver was at liberty.

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First, I wondered whether Dick's total obliteration in the end was really necessary from the narrative point of view: it is story of love that fades, and the final paragraphs describing Dick's demise felt a bit of an overkill to me.
I think the story that Fitzgerald was telling is that Nicole ultimately was a parasite, that her recovery took something vital from Dick. I think your your version also would work, however; why not have it be a love that ended without annihilation of one of the lovers? But I continue to see Dick as a Icarus-like figure, one who flew too high and crashed.
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I think the story that Fitzgerald was telling is that Nicole ultimately was a parasite, that her recovery took something vital from Dick. I think your your version also would work, however; why not have it be a love that ended without annihilation of one of the lovers? But I continue to see Dick as a Icarus-like figure, one who flew too high and crashed.
I did not know (before reading this thread, shame on me!) about Fitzgerald's wife, so I definitely have to agree with you, I had not thought about this take on their story.

As somebody else said above, this is a book that keeps "growing" on you long after having finished it!
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