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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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Katya
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
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JoJo
I liked the stories, although I had a few problems with the first story - The Curious Case of Benjamin Button. My big problem about it is(view spoiler).

Celine
Sep 20, 2015 Celine rated it liked it
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.
Narmeen Hyder
Nov 11, 2015 Narmeen Hyder rated it really liked it
Such exquisite writing. The best of its kind.
Sarah
Mar 13, 2016 Sarah rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviewed
Some of the stories within this book really resonated with me, despite The Curious Case of Benjamin Button being the only one I had heard of upon picking the novel up.

Just as The Great Gatsby, you don't necessarily like the characters purely because Fitzgerald meant it this way; his writing has that rare ability to make you feel so much, whether that be a like or dislike for a character. Every word is beautifully placed for the purpose of feeling.
Inderjit Sanghera
Oct 22, 2014 Inderjit Sanghera rated it it was amazing
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
May 26, 2015 Joshua Gross rated it really liked it
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
Apr 01, 2014 Ting Tong rated it liked it
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
T h e  Q u e e n  O f  Y o u r  D r e a m s
No es 100% fiel a la película, pero me terminó gustando igual. El personaje de Daisy no existe, por ende esa parte etérea y romántica de la peli no aparece, pero sí fue gracioso lo que sentí al leer a Benjamin cuando nació (cuando le pide a su padre un bastón xD) y la profunda tristeza y nostalgia cuando muere de bebé. Sin dudas en una de mis historias favoritas.
Anka Räubertochter
Jul 09, 2016 Anka Räubertochter rated it did not like it
I didn't enjoy any of these short stories which was kind of a let down because "The Great Gatsby" is one of my all time favourites. Maybe I'm just a whole novel kind of person.
Clarissa
Nov 10, 2015 Clarissa rated it liked it
Shelves: library-borrowed
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
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Lynn
Jan 24, 2015 Lynn rated it did not like it
Shelves: audiobooks
Odd.
Sean
Aug 10, 2013 Sean rated it really liked it
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
Aug 27, 2015 Sanaa Hyder rated it really liked it
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
Apr 25, 2013 Bruce Henricksen rated it it was ok
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.
Paul Westwood
Nov 25, 2015 Paul Westwood rated it it was amazing
Despite being short stories five of the seven stories in this collection encompass virtually the whole lives of the characters. I believe this reveals Fitzgerald's abilities as a writer in that he was able to cover a lifetime in the space of a short story and the reader isn't left feeling short stories. Each of those stories was centered around one primary theme that was the catalyst for the events of the story: For Benjamin Button it was his reversed ageing; In Head and Shoulders it was Horace' ...more
Ana Todor
Apr 20, 2016 Ana Todor rated it really liked it
Fitzgerald was and remains one of my favourite authors. I love his writing style, although he succeeds every time in bringing my spirits down. This series of short stories is no exception. Fitzgerald's heroes belong to one of two categories: they are either losers or beautiful losers. And ultimately, as life compresses years into seconds, even those beautiful losers become simply losers. There's no greater meaning in life. There's no greater meaning in love. It is an illusion and only holds you ...more
Bea Stojanovska
Feb 28, 2016 Bea Stojanovska rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Verica
Shelves: owned
I have to admit, I haven't read the other short stories in this book. I read The Curios Case of Benjamin Button and it compelled me so much that I couldn't continue reading the other stories. Such a wonderful writing that just pulls you in. I read it in a couple of hours and now every time i try to read the other stories i just remember Benjamin Button and shivers go down my spine. I am still to watch the film and maybe then I will finally finish the book, although I have read that the other sto ...more
Rebekah
Mar 20, 2016 Rebekah rated it really liked it
Shelves: classics
I had no idea Fitzgerald wrote this. Mind blown!
Suhair
May 18, 2013 Suhair rated it it was amazing
The most creative book I've ever read.
Shaymar
Jan 06, 2016 Shaymar rated it liked it
*3,5*
Grace
Sep 03, 2013 Grace rated it it was ok
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
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Phoebe
Aug 02, 2012 Phoebe rated it really liked it
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
Jul 06, 2015 Жанна Пояркова rated it really liked it
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.
Meaghan
Dec 16, 2015 Meaghan rated it did not like it
Shelves: on-the-blog
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
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Fiona
Mar 19, 2012 Fiona rated it really liked it
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
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Dlhmoore
Mar 18, 2015 Dlhmoore rated it really liked it
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.
Amy
Jul 22, 2012 Amy rated it liked it
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
Ana
Jan 31, 2014 Ana rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction, english, fantasy
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.
bigmuzz
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
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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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