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Tender Is the Night by F Scott Fitzgerald
Of all the books I could recommend to show writing in full flight, I pick Tender because it also comes with the unlikely extra shine of an underdog. The Great Gatsby is accepted to be Fitzgerald’s greatest work, but this is secretly his best, a connoisseur’s choice. Which, according to [Pierre] Bourdieu, makes us snobs.
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