The Curious Case of Benjamin Button and Other Jazz Age Stories

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button and Other Jazz Age Stories

Book - 2008
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Presents the title story about the curious case of a baby, born in 1860, who begins life as an old man and who proceeds to age backward, accompanied by eighteen other stories set against the backdrop of Jazz Age America.
Publisher: New York : Penguin Books, 2008, c1998
ISBN: 9780143105497
0143105493
Characteristics: xxvi, 427 p. ; 20 cm
Additional Contributors: O'Donnell, Patrick 1948-

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c67macdonald
Jan 06, 2017

Enjoyed the movie, did not read the book.

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scrittenden
Apr 19, 2011

I have read all of F. Scott Fitzgerald's novels and would recommend any of them without hesitation. This is a collection of his early works and stories that appeared in popular magazines. I would recommend these stories to fans of Fitzgerald's novels and those interested in his life and times. There are flashes of the brilliance he is capable of, however they are not as polished as his novels and clearly not his main focus as a writer.

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DavidB
Apr 11, 2009

Don't read the story of Benjamin Button if you loved the movie and think that you'll love the writings of F.Scott Fitzgerald.

The cover rightly says that this is the 'Inspiration' for the film. Aside from the name and the general premise they are not one and the same. I try to read the original books before seeing a movie and sometimes boycott the movies all together, but in this case it hardly seems necessary; the story and the movie are as different as can be.

In the story of Benjamin Button there's a slight allegorical allusion to the innocence and helplessness of youth and old age but any metaphors are accidental and not the intention of the author. Benjamin's odd perdicament is viewed as a silly inconvenience by the characters in the story. When faced with his uncontrallable perdicament they're indignant and incensed saying things like "It's very inconsiderate" or "this has gone to far to be a joke".

Fitzgerald's writings are preoccupied with the superficial. His stories are nothing more that acts of whimsy devoid of meaning. Many of his characters are self described egotists. The best part of this book is Fitzgerald's own short descriptions of his stories which help elucidate them.

As always, you dan't have to take my word for it; read for yourself and make your own opinions.

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DavidB
Apr 11, 2009

Sir--- I have read the story of Benjamin Button in Collier's and I wish to say that as a short story writer you would make a good lunatic. I have seen many pieces of cheese in my life but of all the pieces of cheese I have ever seen you are the biggest piece. I hate to waste a piece of stationary on you but I will. ---Pg. 415

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