The Curious Case of Benjamin Button - F. Scott Fitzgerald

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

By F. Scott Fitzgerald

  • Release Date: 2013-01-22
  • Genre: Short Stories
Score: 4.5
From 754 Ratings


Yes, we know there’s been a rather recent movie by David Fincher starring Brad Pitt and the wonderful Cate Blanchett with this very title. But it is perhaps a good idea to plunge ourselves into the depths of the “written version”, actually the “written original”. Brad and Cate are great but, as with all movies, they are not just stories but also interpretations of stories. The original always helps us get in the shoes of a director ourselves and cast our own characters in our private movies inside our heads.
The short story belongs to F. Scott Fitzgerald, otherwise known as the author of the Great Gatsby (movies seem to love Mr. Fitzgerald. This story, however, is part of Tales of the Jazz Age, a collection of short stories from the great ’20s. Benjamin Button is a strange case of backwards-aging person: he is born with the appearance of a 70-year old man and starts getting younger. You can imagine some of the complications of such a life, but can you measure with Fitzgerald when it comes to imagination? Put your imagination power to test and read his story.

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  • Great short story

    By Moullineaux
    An interesting twist on the life we live and the perceptions we have of it.
  • Benjamin button

    By pippimanson
    Definitely a classic, a quick easy read well worth the effort. Scots Fitzgerald’s book is a lil more melancholy than the movie brad pit star’ed In but it’s wonderful in all its simplicity
  • Bored? Read this!

    By Megandyson
    Very nice and sweet short story! There are parts that were kind of sad but overall this book is very short and would be a great read while trying to kill some time.
  • Gatsby reviews bro!!

    By Customer 300
    The book was undeniably good. Such a unique tale told by none other than Fitzgerald himself. Litttttt!!!!!!!!!
  • Rewind

    By ROCK ON 🤘
    It was a very weird book I liked it though it went to a lot of detail which was cool I would read this book again just for the fun of it
  • Wow

    By SarahEverson
    What an excellent little book. The descriptive writing evokes pictures and pulls on the heartstrings. I enjoyed the book more than the movie, Brad Pitt notwithstanding. Bravo, Mr. Fitzgerald.
  • One of the best short stories ever written

    By Long legion
    I liked it better; it spoke to me on a deeper level than when I first read it 40 years ago. I seemed to relate it to the heartbreaking scourge of Alzheimer's. I saw the movie not too long ago and that was a wonderfully "in depth" portrayal of the story!
  • Swag

    By C001k1d
    Yo dis book 2 gucci
  • It's no Breakfast At Tiffany's

    By Bellicoseandra
    It shows you at the end how everything you cared about in life, what you thought important, does not matter at all. 'Cause no matter which way you go, we die, and that we all go through and feel the same things when we live.
  • excellent

    By nubx
    although i started the book way after I watched the movie, it totally surprised me. the book was not at all alike, it is totally concentrated on him telling his story rather than creating a romance out of it. I thoroughly enjoyed the difference in perspective and read the book to end in enjoyment
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