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In 1922, F. Scott Fitzgerald penned "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button," one of his most memorable short stories. It renders the story of a gentle Marylander who, by an unexplained quirk of fate, lives his life backward: He is born an old man and, as time passes, becomes progressively younger. The graphic novel vividly captures the bittersweet resonance of Button's predi ...more
Paperback, Graphic Novel, 121 pages
Published 2009 by Guanda (first published August 1st 2008)
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Andie
I couldn't seem to get over my first thought of, "How the hell did someone actually give birth to an old man? How would that work?"
It was an interesting, quick read. It's laid out very simply, and really more of an outline of a story.
I liked it, but I had a hard time getting past the unrealistic attitudes towards Benjamin Button.
Mycala
I loved this graphic novel and am in awe of Fitzgerald's creativity. It's really too bad that the publishers and society were too narrow-minded to enjoy true brilliance, but then again the story itself is a perfect illustration of the intolerance of those who are different. I was irritated by the way that Benjamin was treated by his father following his birth -- by the way, no mention of how his mother fared? Seriously? So much concern about what others will think -- who gives a flip!? I was equ ...more
Debbie
When Fitzgerald penned Benjamin Button in 1922, he enthusiastically called it “the funniest story ever written” and hoped to write more pieces like it and The Diamond as Big as the Ritz. Publishers and the public, however, had a different idea as evidenced by an anonymous letter by a reader in Cincinnati:

Sir–I have read the story Benjamin Button in Colliers and I wish to say that as a short story writer you would make a good lunatic. I have seen many peices (sic) of cheese in my life but of all
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Yoojung Seo
This particular graphic novel seemed to drag on. Since there was no climax in the story, it was very hard to read even in the form of a graphic novel. The illustrations were meant to play in the era the story takes place in, but it played even more into the boring theme of the whole book. There was no real story plot and the only progression that really seemed to take place was Benjamin Button’s gradual decline in age. There was no character development, whatsoever, and it never seemed to give a ...more
Ahmad Sharabiani
چشمان آقای باتن انگشت اشاره‌ی پرستار را دنبال کرد؛ و آنچه که دید این بود. پیچیده در پتویی بزرگ و سفید، پیرمردی که آشکارا حدود هفتاد سال را داشت در یکی از تخت‌های نوزاد، که به سختی در آن جا داده شده بود، نشسته بود. موی کم پشتش تقریبا سفید بود و از چانه‌‌اش ریش بلند دودی رنگی آویزان بود، که در نسیمی که از پنجره به درون می‌وزید به طرز مضحکی تکان می‌خورد. پیرمرد سرش را بالا آورد و با چشمانی کم‌سو و کم‌رمق که در آن سوالی بغرنج موج می‌زد به آقای باتن نگاه کرد. آقای باتن، که وحشتش به خشم تبدیل شده بود، ...more
Marsha
Fitzgerald’s unjustly neglected novella, brought once more to the public attention because of a recent movie, is here given the graphic novel treatment. With evocative drawings of Benjamin’s shifting world and the changes of time-reversal on the titular character as well, the reader is brought on this gentle tale of one man’s odd dissolution. Whether Benjamin’s plight is a sorry one or an enviable occurrence is a question wisely never asked by the author. His “case” is simply presented before th ...more
Blair Mirth

I really enjoyed this comical, whimsical look at The Curious Case of Benjamin Button. I had seen the movie, and was excited when I picked it up from the Library. I flicked through the first few pages while waiting to meet someone and could not stop till the end. It was heart warming, fun, sad at times, but a fantastic social commentary on the times, as well as an interesting take on a Mark Twain quote that is discussed in Origin at the back of the book. Being unfamiliar with Fitzgerald's writing
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Michael
with only 30 pages in all it is tough to not want more. The movie does a fairly good job of expanding the basic gist of the short story but, as usual, the book leaves things open to your imagination and all the actual events that went down.
Muriomu
Un racconto surreale e paradossale.
L'autore si ispira ad una considerazione di Mark Twain, in cui questi afferma che è un peccato che la parte migliore della nostra vita venga all'inizio e la peggiore alla fine.
Attorno a questa riflessione l'autore crea un racconto sul senso della vita, ci mostra, attraverso situazioni esagerate e paradossali, come sia da bambini che da anziani siamo soggetti alle difficoltà, e alla scarsa considerazione da parte degli adulti.
La storia mette in evidenza il preg
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Elizabeth
This book is a great way to get through the story quickly. I did not know that the original story was by F. Scott Fitzgerald. Fitzgerald found it humorous but I think it is very sad. Benjamin Button is misunderstood his entire life because he just doesn't fit in quite right based upon the weird experience of getting younger instead of aging. I was intrigued that Fitzgerald got the idea for the story from a remark made by Mark Twain. It was also sad to learn that Fitzgerald died at the young age ...more
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Emily Green
Nunzio DeFelippis and Christina Weir transform F. Scott Fitzgerald’s short story “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” into an amusing and well-constructed graphic novel. To insinuate the setting of the book, beginning during the Civil War, artist Kevin Cornell puts in some ornate touches, such as the repeating wall paper design of hour glasses that separates the sections of the story and the very neat separation of panels on each page, the majority of which are rectangular. Cornell also does a ...more
Ágata Bresil
I read this book in less than an hour, because it's a graphic novel remember? (Vapt whoosh). I never read the original work of F. Scott Fitzgerald, but I'm dying to read several of his books, because it is a long-established author. The version was adapted for comics by Christina Weir and Nunzio DeFillipis and illustrated by Kevin Cornell. For those unaware, Benjamin Button is a tale that was released in 1922 and was considered by its author "the funniest story ever written," and it's not the me ...more
Beth
The graphic novel is a great way to introduce the classic story to teens or those who don't necessarily like anything classics (like me). I really liked the illustrations; I thought the whole book was very well done.

However, there were two things I did not like: There is never a reason given as to why Benjamin Button was born a 70 year old man. I appreciate the authors giving a little information at the end. According to the authors, Fitzgerald was inspired by a quote by Mark Twain stating that
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Kelso
I received this as a birthday present. I enjoyed the movie, but with some reservations. The book I enjoyed quite a bit.

This graphic novel follows the original short story very closely. Which is to say that it differs from the movie in almost every detail. It is a bittersweet story, but it is not really a love story in the way of the movie. It is simply the story of a man traveling backwards through life, physically, mentally and emotionally.

I really enjoyed the sepia tones of the art. The style
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Jennifer
I haven't read the original, non-illustrated version nor have I seen any movie adaptations, but this was a fun, quick read and I enjoyed the illustrations. The story is funny, but also rather sad. Poor Benjamin Button, outcast by his family for his reverse aging. At least he had the love of his nurse at the end. Overall it was lighthearted and fun.
Audrey Maran
I thought this was an excellent adaptation of the original, silly and fun, short story. As far as I can tell, the actual text has not been changed very much. The illustrations do a fantastic job of enhancing the text. I thought the drawings were lovely to look at. They were similar in style to Edward Gorey, but still unique to the illustrator. I loved how the jokes in the text were brought into the drawings in clever ways. For example, a couple of panels after talking about how Benjamin breaks t ...more
Leslie Wiseman
This was a strange little adaptation of the original. I like it because it seems an easy way to introduce my young reader to a classic author. My son is seven, and a good reader, and he is currently reading this graphic novel because he thought the story was "cool".
David
Možná už si ten film nepamatuju, ale tanhle komiks mi připadal daleko lepší než ten film a asi mám cvhuť si přečíst i tu knihu protože tak jak je to podáno v této podobě to dávalo daleko "větší smysl" a mělo to zcela jiné vyznění než na plátně. Takže doporučuji.
HeavyReader
I had heard the title of this book before, but didn't know anything about it until two days ago when Simon summed up the plot. (Simon said Brad Pitt is starring in the movie. Really?) Yesterday as I was pulling books, I stumbled upon this graphic novel version and decided to read it.

Well. This book left me with a lot of unanswered questions. So Benjamin Button is born an old man and gets progressively younger as he ages. But there is no explanation as to how an entire grownup old man fit into a
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Meg
I had NO idea this was a Fitzgerald story. I thoroughly enjoyed this graphic novel format, but now I want to read the original. The biographical information at the end put it nicely in context within his other work and his artistic goals.
Winter Branch
Like any David Fincher fan, I enjoyed the movie adaption of this short story. And like any over extended/super busy reader I was curious about the original story. Luckily, someone adapted the short story into a very nice graphic novel, saving me from all of F. Scott Fitzgerald's extra words.

The art is great, very muted and subtle and a lot of the narrative seems to be pulled straight from the source material or slightly altered. If you are at all interested, I suggest checking out the short sto
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Nan
When I walked by the book at the library, it shouted, "I am a knock-off". It looked a little bit like Lemony Snicket and his unfortunate tales, so I picked it up anyway. That it was a graphic novel based on F. Scott Fitzgerald fantasy only added to my willingness to pick it up.

It was okay. The illustrations are well done, but have no wow factor to them. The history of the fantasy is competent. It's a good thing I didn't buy the book and can return it to the library.

And, yes, there is a David F
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Carolina Ramirez
The art for this was beautiful! It fit in perfectly with the setting of the story and I couldn't have asked for more. I also enjoyed reading the actual original text from Fitzgerald; it was a wonderful.
Emma
I liked but didn't love the drawings. This one loses lots of points for crap-o typography (why the text could not have been drawn I do not know, it would have looked heaps better). I hadn't read the story in its original form, but it felt much too abridged/compressed; for all I know, that's Fitzgerald's fault. But I think the drawings are too illustrative, too much telling not showing or something. It's maybe a fundamental problem with literary adaptations in the graphic form? Reading this one m ...more
Ariela
Deludente
Pensavo che il genio del Grande Gatsby avesse scritto un altro capolavoro, ma mi sbagliavo.
La storia è nientemeno quella che tutti conosciamo, nient'altro.
Il libro è scritto sinteticamente e senza far trasparire le emozioni.
Molto, anzi troppo sintetico
Heather
I never knew that this story was originally a short story (1922) written by F. Scott Fitzgerald, but then I am not an avid reader of the classic genre. I enjoyed the movie (2008) that was adapted from this story, but this graphic novel is not very satisfactory. Because I have not read Fitzgerald’s short story, I can only compare it to the movie and judge it by itself. The drawings were mediocre and the story was vague and boring – there was no climax or the spectacle as in movie; rather just the ...more
Deb
The medium-change for Fitzgerald's short story was well-done, but honestly, this story didn't gain anything by being illustrated.

The story itself is a classic, but I wonder why. If it's simply a classic because of its thoughtful subjects (aging, desire, time). Fitzgerald had a hard time selling this story in the first place, and I can see why. Although it's not nearly as much wool-gathering as Proust, the story's not engaging and nothing tries to hook the reader at all. This story leaves an afte
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Dei Foo
Although this is a very simple book, there is much insight to this book i feel.
Sonic
Amusing adaptation of the Fitzgerald story. Most of the humor was expressed in the wonderful caricature of the illustrators art.
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