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The Curious Case of Benjamin Button and Six Other Stories

3.76  ·  Rating details ·  4,049 ratings  ·  157 reviews
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
Mar 14, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2011
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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Maria
Feb 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: owned-books
T.Curious case of Benjamin Button-🌟🌟🌟
Head and shoulders-🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟
The cut-glass bowl-🌟🌟🌟💫
The four fists-🌟🌟🌟🌟
May day-🌟🌟🌟🌟💫
'O Russet witch!"-🌟🌟🌟
Crazy Sunday-🌟🌟💫

Adoro a escrita do Fitzgerald e com este livro ele fez me olhar para contos com outros olhos, gostei bastante da experiência!! Sem dúvida que vou pegar em mais contos no futuro!
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
Aug 04, 2015 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.
Sarah
Dec 18, 2015 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.
Alireza Nourian
Apr 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
در این قصههای کوتاه، سالها و ماهها به سرعت میگذرند، انگار که درباره عمر نوشته شده باشند. داستانها از بعد از شوقها میگویند و با وصال تمام نمیشوند. ...more
Chris
Dec 13, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This selection of seven short stories, which includes pieces published in 1920 and 1922, plus one from 1932, was issued to coincide with the title story's appearance as an Oscar-nominated film. Written in the interwar period often termed the Jazz Age, their abiding scent is bittersweet, an adjective frequently applied to Fitzgerald's work (though I have to confess this is my first ever taste of it). Despite in most cases their being almost a hundred years old the whiff of nostalgia is often over ...more
Sarah
Jul 26, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: audio
This is not the exact edition I had but mine doesn't seem to exist in book form. Or I just can't find it. I was surprised by the simplicity of the Benjamin Button story. It was somewhere around 50 pages, although that's a guess, and it was basically just "he's born, he got younger, he died" with a few life experiences thrown in. There really wasn't much to it. The other stories were also semi-interesting.
Narmeen
Nov 11, 2015 rated it really liked it
Such exquisite writing. The best of its kind.
Callum McLaughlin
Sep 07, 2017 rated it it was ok
Having read The Great Gatsby back in my school days and now this collection of short stories, I think I'm going to humbly accept that F. Scott Fitzgerald just isn't really for me. I can see the literary merit in some respects, but his style just does nothing for me, unfortunately. In terms of positives, the real standout was definitely The Cut-Glass Bowl, a subtly sinister story about a woman's life haunted by the 'cursed' gift of a man she rejected in her youth. If I'd read it as a stand-alone, ...more
Richard Thompson
Jan 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
The title story is the most famous one here and, as far as I know, the only one made into a movie, but it is also the worst story of the book. It is a creature of the gimmicky idea of a person born old who ages into infancy. The need to serve the gimmick drives the story to the exclusion of the wonderful characters and deep psychology of most of Fitzgerald's writing. But the rest of the stories of this collection make up for the weakness of the title story in spades. In the other stories we find ...more
Anisha Singh
Sep 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A beautiful collection. A must read for all those who wish to write in future. He is a craftsman of words and his stories are a masterclass in the art of writing. The stories reflect raw human emotions and despite having been written in a bygone era are relatable to this day.
Inderjit Sanghera
Oct 22, 2014 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
E.
Aug 06, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: english
Admito que esperaba que The Curious Case of Benjamin Button fuera algo similar a la película, pero no lo fue: más que una historia, lo sentí como si fuera una crítica social, especialmente porque le reclamaban a Benjamin que se "comportara"(haciendo referencia a que dejara de hacerse joven) y que siguiera las costumbres de la sociedad, además de que se hacen referencias constantemente hacia la opinión social
Elin
I had no idea that Fitzgerald was such an amazing short story writer. hur
I honestly expected to read some stuffy writing in old English but got a smorgasbord of thrilling stories written beautifuly. If you haven't read anything of Scott Fitzgerald before I truly recommend you to pick this book up. Now. And enjoy.
Phee
Jun 04, 2017 rated it liked it
I liked this quite a bit. Some of the stories were much better than others. My two favourites being The Four Fists and The Curious Case of Benjamin Button.
The others were a little difficult to get into at by the time they held my interest they were over.
It was in enjoyable however and I look forward to reading the rest of Fitzgerald's novels.
I will say that I think his stories are definitely influenced by his personal life. Those that are familiar with his life story will probably make the sa
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Helen Felgate
May 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
Until reading this compilation I had no idea that F. Scott Fitzgerald had made his living chiefly by writing short stories rather than from his novels which varied in their success. All the stories were beautifully crafted, leaving one with vivid images. Fitzgerald imprints his own character on each tale particularly his dread of a dull and conforming existence. The stories made me want to research Fitzgerald's own life which was like many of the characters in his stories a somewhat wasted one, ...more
Nin
Oct 17, 2017 rated it liked it
F. Scott Fitzgerald is just not doing anything for me, there are some interesting ideas and in a short story there is a good amount of plot weaving, however, the writing varies between a high standard and just plain lazy. For some pages Fitzgerald has my attention then he loses me for the next few pages and on top of this I very much dislike the 'and fast forward 30 years' technique he employs in many of the stories. I also do not appreciate his casual racism, I know there is a different social ...more
Jim
Mar 01, 2019 rated it liked it
Although the title story was good (and I liked the movie adaptation), the best one I think is "Babylon Revisited," a semi-autobiographical piece. The others were alright, but not as impressive, except for their adding to a portrait of the times. Although people remember him best for his novels, especially Gatsby, he made most of his money and reputation while he was alive on his short stories.
Stevie Jo
Oct 26, 2018 rated it liked it
Meh. I watched the movie (The Curious Case of Benjamin Button), and I have to applaud the screenwriters because F. Scott Fitzgerald’s original short story is a SHORT STORY! Freakishly short. Basically it’s just a pitched idea. But a cool idea nonetheless! I’ll give him that! And the movie turned out beautifully.
The other short stories are nothing special.... but they are VERY short. So not much time wasted...
Lindsi
Oct 27, 2017 rated it liked it
3.5*
Tiffany Williams
Dec 14, 2018 rated it liked it
All of these stories are excellently written, but I found it hard to connect with about half of them.
Ting Tong
Mar 05, 2014 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
Joshua Gross
May 26, 2015 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
Katharine Willard
Nov 07, 2016 rated it liked it
I really really really like F Scott Fitzgerald as a writer but even so I didn't enjoy the plot lines as much as I could have. I don't know if it was because of the style or the era written in but the storylines were quite jumpy in parts and in others I had no idea what was going on.

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button was the most memorable but I'd heard a lot about it and seen the film - just as weird in short story format.

I enjoyed the time these were written in, Fitzgerald didn't even have to
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Clarissa
Jan 07, 2015 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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Bruce Henricksen
Apr 02, 2013 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.
Sean
Aug 10, 2013 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.
Sleeping with Ghosts
Mar 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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 es una de mis historias favoritas.
Anka Räubertochter
Jul 09, 2016 rated it did not like it
Shelves: classics
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.
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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