I'm just wanting to know what everyone thinks about the assertion that Fitzgerald is a tough writer, as in hard to read. I read The Great Gatsby and now Tender is the Night (about a third of the way through, so no spoilers please, haha), and his prose just seems to get me lost every now and then. I think it's just because of his beautifully elegant descriptions; Fitzgerald takes the idea of "show, don't tell" to its highest level, even in the dialogue. Rarely does a character ever say something that makes the reader understand something better, it's usually the opposite.
So, I guess I'm asking, is this common for Fitzgerald? I guess I'm just letting my insecurity show, but I'm curious. And, to be clear, I'm really enjoying Tender is the Night--I like, what is to me, the challenging prose. His amazing writing style is enough to really like the book even if it is a romance story, which just isn't my thing (and, yes, I do realize it is much deeper than "just a love story").