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The Curious Case of Benjamin Button and Six Other Stories

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Full grown with a long, smoke-coloured beard, requiring the services of a cane and fonder of cigars than warm milk, Benjamin Button is a very curious baby indeed. And, as Benjamin becomes increasingly youthful with the passing years, his family wonders why he persists in the embarrassing folly of living in reverse. In this imaginative fable of ageing and the other stories ...more
Paperback, Penguin Modern Classics, 202 pages
Published November 27th 2008 by Penguin Books Ltd (first published 1932)
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You know, I never really got into "The Great Gatsby", but after reading these short stories, I am most firmly convinced to go back to it again. Fitzgerald is on his way to becoming one of my favorite writers, and not simply because I understand what he says in his stories *dolt*

This book contains "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button", a story about a man who starts his life as an old man and ages backwards, and six other stories set in the early twentieth century America. Equal parts wit, drama
Narmeen Hyder
Such exquisite writing. The best of its kind.
3.5 Stars

Love some of these, was a bit bored by others. Fitzgerald is a fantastic writer, and his display of life in the 1920 is fascinating.
Inderjit Sanghera
A wonderful collection of short stories; charming, wise and beautifully characterised, yet there is a sadness behind them which I cannot explain, almost a Chekhovian sadness, perhaps it is because most of the stories I read are love stories (of a sort) and present a wistfully romanticised picture of love-whether it be the 'infant prodigy' philosophy student, Horace falling in love with the dancing girl Marcia, or the whimsical tale of Merlin Grainger, book store clerk and his obsession with the ...more
Joshua Gross
This was an interesting story and lacked the 'Forrest Gump' nature of the movie. Simple story of a man who was born old in both body and mind and steadily grew younger throughout his lifetime. It was an interesting look at how women lost all value as they aged and how people regard others depending on how old they appear. Poor Benjamin's wife became completely useless to him as he became young and she became....45! She became so useless that she just moved to Italy one day. I thought it was stra ...more
Ting Tong
After watching the film I was interested to read 'The Curious Case of Benjamin Button'. I was slightly disappointed to learn it was actually a short story and nothing like the film. I think the short story is incredibly difficult to achieve a successful story with, as usually it feels rushed and as if, as a reader, you cannot be fully immersed in the plot or fully get to know the characters. That said, after I had read the stories and put the book down intermittently, I did find the imagery I ha ...more
The Great Gatsby was dismal, and shallow but some of F Scott Fitzgerald's prose was quite poetic so i decided to give his writing another chance.
Upon reflection, i don't think i'll ever love any of his writing as it really doesn't resonate with me at all. Too shallow, superficial, and far too concerned with high society. However, i actually really liked "The Four Fists" and "O Russet Witch!" which saved this book from being an utter waste of my time. I really want to like Fitzgerald as the era
I had no idea Fitzgerald wrote this. Mind blown!
I loved the Curious Case of Benjamin Button, the Cut Glass and the Four Fists. The other stories seemed almost interchangeable and almost knocked this down to a three, but the three that I liked had so much enjoyment per page that I would highly recommend them to people. The Four Fists in particular did a great job of making me genuinely like a character that in many ways was very dislikable.
Sanaa Hyder
This was my first Fitzgerald and I really enjoyed this collection of short stories except probably the last one, Crazy Sunday; although I will say it's only because Fitzgerald did a great job at making me hate the characters. I've seen the new Great Gatsby movie adaptation and the last short story reminded me why I didn't like the Great Gatsby; Crazy Sunday was very similar in its themes and characters to it, wherein human flaws are portrayed emphatically - which is just not my thing, makes me u ...more
Bruce Henricksen
Fitzgerald wrote many potboilers,books whose main purpose was just to put food and wine on his table. You'll find a few of them here--the silly, fairytale premise of a man living backwards in time drags itself out in the title story of this collection. Martin Amis made a much more meaningful novel out of this premise in The Arrow of Time.
I spent the first two stories in this book wanting to dance and wondering why on earth I had ever disliked short stories, if this sort of fare was on offer. It's like drinking vodka Cruisers your whole life and suddenly being introduced to fine wine. 'Benjamin Button' and 'Head and Shoulders' bask in their own warmth. Fitzgerald took my expectations and turned them aside quite gently, with all the amused sleight-of-hand one expects of magicians: See, you were wanting rabbits out of hats, but loo ...more
The most creative book I've ever read.
I'm one of the people who watched the film version first and then read the book. I didn't know the book existed until i did a little research on the film - little did i know the film version was based on the novel written by F.Scott Fitzgerald one of my favourite authors. And so let me begin with what i thought about the story.

The title of the book is called 'The Curious Case of Benjamin Button', i have to confess there is nothing curiously fantastic about this book. It's simple, it has a beginn
I have this one friend who exhibits this curious sociolinguistic quirk. When she's talking to someone who speaks in another dialect, unconsciously she mimics what she hears. Sometimes I'm like that--impressionable and mimetic. When I'm reading Victorian fiction, I use words like "ardently" and "amiable" in my writing. Things like that. My point is, Fitzgerald has had that effect on me. I want to write like he does. His prose is intense and poignant, and his characters real. I want to meet him. I ...more
Жанна Пояркова
В этом сборнике рассказов Фицджеральд тратит свой несомненный талант на отображение светской жизни и драм браков. Но выбери он более серьезную тему - и его тексты разорвали бы сердце. Он мог бы дерзать, но вынужден выживать. Фицджеральд постоянно там - у стола богатых и знаменитых, чтобы наблюдать их падение, возвышение, скуку, каждый раз одно и то же. Но даже семейные драмы и скучные светские любови приобретают у него пронзительную хрупкость, а психологическая точность порой заставляет онеметь.
Fitzgerald wrote Gatsby, let's remember that - but I have to admit that whatever genius there was hidden within these particular pages, it went completely over my head. I couldn't understand most of the contextual irony or humour, or sometimes even figure out the message of the stories. My least favourite was 'Head and Shoulders' but the title story 'The Curious Case of Benjamin Button' was almost as equally disappointing. However, I am no expert on American literature.

As a fan, however, I will
I bought this book after reading The Great Gatsby. I'd never read Fitzgerald before and was intrigued as to his other work. I must admit I didn't love Gatsby. But after reading this I loved Fitzgerald, and came to warm to Gatsby. Or at least appreciate him.

I was surprised as the Brad Pitt film had recently come out at the cinema and I wasn't aware Button was Fitzgerald's creation.

Like the story of Button, Fitzgerlad manages to bend time and space in his story. Other authors would need 300pages t
While this isn't a book, but a short story, so much has been made of it I decided to read it. It is a very short story and nothing like the movie that has used Fitzgerald's idea.

Benjamin is born an old man with white hair and a beard. Weird huh? He reverses age but he isn't put in a home but is raised by his father. He marries and proceeds through his life going backwards in age. Very interesting.

It was worth the read.
I had been looking to buy this book for years. I always saw it in the bookshop and didn't buy it, but then found it for $7 second hand and caved and I'm rather glad I did. I was surprised how different the stories were from one another which was really good, but also how they could flow together in terms of writing style and character introduction. Fitzgerald uses the early century setting of New York and other places really well that transport you back to when things were so different but the b ...more
Una de las ventajas de leer los libros es que uno se da cuenta de los detalles que no vienen en la película. En esté caso, el libro no tiene NADA que ver con la película.
¿En dónde está la criada que lo adopta?
¿El padre que lo rechaza?
¿La chica por la que él lucha?
El libro es más triste y cruel que la película y sin embargo lo supera en todos sentidos. Por el atractivo me quedo con la película, con la historia me quedo con el libro, así de fácil.
i read this mainly because of the buzz caused by the hollywood release of the film version of 'benjamin button', and having already read and enjoyed (to some extent) The Great Gatsby, i wanted to give the book a go before i saw the film. I was amazed to discover it was in fact a very short story (some 29 pages), and am now curious to see how hollywood extended it to a 166 minute film. the 7 short stories themselves are all quite good, with well thought out characters, great written style, but so ...more
Christina Gleason
I guess I'm just not a fan of good ol' FSF. No, I haven't seen the movie version of the title story, but the father of the tale was just so unlikable that it ruined the whole thing for me. The other stories were rather hit and miss.
I much prefer Fitzgerald's short stories to his longer ones (particularly The Beautiful and the Damned). I only read two but am I currently in book limbo having just read one AMAZING novel and can't decide on one to read next.

However, the two stories I read, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, and Head and Shoulders were delightful, though not in the happy manner. With the Curious Case of Benjamin Button, don't read this if you're expecting something like the film - it is nothing like it. It i
This book comprised of 7 stories in total, 3 taken from Flappers and Philosophers, 3 from Tales of the Jazz Age and 1 much later short story from Taps at Reveille. It was a bit of a mixed bunch, with most of the themes being similar. I loved a couple of the short stories (Benjamin Button and May Day) and felt that most of the others were okay, but one story I hated and felt that the writing wasn't up to the same standard (the much later work of Crazy Sunday)

I'd like to give this 4 stars for Ben
Pat Glaze
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Izzi Seale
The first story was great, a very unique and biazzare story... the rest however were (dare I say)... boring. They all seemed to follow a similar plot and became very repetitive.
This was probably the first book that I've read, where I have to say, the movie was ten times better. For a short story, I was struggling to finish it.
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Francis Scott Key Fitzgerald was an American writer of novels and short stories, whose works have been seen as evocative of the Jazz Age, a term he himself allegedly coined. He is regarded as one of the greatest twentieth century writers. Fitzgerald was of the self-styled "Lost Generation," Americans born in the 1890s who came of age during World War I. He finished four novels, left a fifth unfini ...more
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