Reviewed by Brandon Roy
Fitzgerald’s Unfinished Novel
The Last Tycoon, written by Francis Scott Key Fitzgerald, was one of his most successful books ever published and his last. This marvelous book was published in 1941 by Charles Scribner's Sons. The genre is fiction and could also be a romantic novel for some readers. The book took place while Fitzgerald was writing this in 1941 in mostly Hollywood. The novel is about a Hollywood producer who finds himself struggling to find love, success, and who can't find his own life.
The main character Monroe Stahr, a brilliant young filmmaker, is favored over most other characters. Through his serious manners to his greed of money they are nothing compared to his mind of artistic value. Having lost his wife he now expresses his film ideas in deep overwork. The tough side of him is almost always shown to his employees but his sympathy does show at moments of sorrow. Being the main character that he is the affair with Kathleen is the center of this novel.
The Hollywood film industry is becoming a struggle between Stahr and Brady. Stahr being a near 35 year old expert in the film industry works around the clock to make deadlines for his employees while Brady becomes a furious greedy person who only cares about money. The conflict between these two never gets fully resolved from the unfinished novel and because of an earthquake making the studio hopeless. Stahr personally manages everything in the studio and does not hesitate to release films that may lose money. Brady stays idly by while everything unravels.
Throughout the novel jealousy becomes a recurring theme every chapter. Jealousy begins with Cecilia's love of Stahr when he is already in love with another woman. When Stahr finds out his love has married he spends more time with Cecilia also expressing jealousy. "At both ends of life man needed nourishment: a breast--a shrine. Something to lay himself beside when no one wanted him further, and shoot a bullet into his head." This quote is said after Stahr finds out his lover is married. This expresses a sad, jealous man not knowing what to do with his life.
The rating for this wonderful unfinished novel should be 4.5 stars for its emotional ride between people and the mysterious ending. I would recommend this book to people who love to get into a book for its exciting ride. The unfinished ending will make anyone curious of what would have come. If you would enjoy this novel you should check out The Great Gatsby and Tender Is The Night. Thank you for your attention and I hope you enjoy the novel as much as I did.