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The Curious Case of Benjamin Button and Six Other Stories

3.69  ·  Rating details ·  5,704 ratings  ·  388 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 1921)
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Ahmad Sharabiani
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button: And Other Stories, F. Scott Fitzgerald, W. Somerset Maugham, Frank O'Connor, Susan Sontag, Haruki Murakami

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button is a short story written by F. Scott Fitzgerald. First published in Collier's Magazine on May 27, 1922. It was subsequently anthologized in his book Tales of the Jazz Age, which is occasionally published as The Curious Case of Benjamin Button and Other Jazz Age Stories.

تاریخ نخستین خوانش: روز بیستم ماه ژانویه سال 2011 م
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Janete
Jun 22, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned-books
Another retold book with an audio Cd for me to learning English. Pre-intermediate level. I hope someday to read the original F. Scott Fitzgerald's short stories.
Dawn
Although this collection contains other short stories by F. Scott Fitzgerald, I'm basing my rating solely on the main title short story of this anthology. The Curious Case of Benjamin Button is wonderful and thought provoking and definitely shouldn't be missed. I did not realize until recently that it was a short story which motivated me to bump it up my list and read (I listened) to it sooner. Many times, I wish short stories elaborated more because I love great character and plot development, ...more
Joe
Aug 17, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: listened-to
A strong collection of short stories from F. Scott Fitzgerald. Oddly enough, I thought that Benjamin Button was the weakest of the bunch! It was interesting to see someone age in reverse but the story skipped over so much and although Button was a tragic character, he was also a dick so...you know.

The Lost Decade was an interesting story about a person who (wait for it) was out of society for a decade for unknown reasons and what they missed.

Bridal Party is kind of the anti-"The Graduate." A man
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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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Rachel Aranda
I'm not the biggest fan of F. Scott Fitzgerald but I also don't hate him. This audiobook is a collection of short stories he wrote. I've read these stories before but it's been a while so I thought it would be a good time to see if my opinions on the stories changed over the years. Turns out they have not; I would still rate Benjamin Button 4 stars and the rest of the stories 3 stars. The reason why this certain collection gets a 4 star rating is because of the narrators who read the stories. Th ...more
Jim
I disliked "The Great Gatsby" when I read it in high school. As an adult, I tried to read it in paper, but couldn't get into it. I finally listened to it in audio. It was pretty awful, but he's held up as one of the great American authors. There must be some reason, so I thought I'd try some of his short stories. Overall, they were pretty good. They capture the height of the 1920s

Curious case of Benjamin Button -- was a waste of time. The premise was ridiculous & unbelievable. The characters wer
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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.
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).

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Sarah Bennett
Dec 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: my-reviews
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 book 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.
Holly
Jul 28, 2019 added it
Reading Rush book 8

I still can't get over how beautiful Fitzgerald's writing is...
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
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.
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
Linds
I love his prose. No one can place words together like him. Strangely enough I found Benjamin Button the least engaging, and I'm taking a star off the rating because of its inclusion. It's an interesting idea but Fitzgerald is not at his best when he attempts magical realism.

The stories mostly follow Fitzgerald's well mined themes: the unattainable woman, regret about the past, and lost opportunities.
Narmeen
Nov 11, 2015 rated it really liked it
Such exquisite writing. The best of its kind.
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
Andrew
Feb 24, 2009 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: No-one
Just picked this up to read Benjamin Button, as a tie-in with the movie for the Winter Challenge. The book and film could not be more different !

While the film was shallow but heartwarming, this book was just depressing. Benjamin starts off as a full-sized old man and ages to finally become a normal baby. In between, he is shunned and mocked by just about everyone, and his only release is that as a baby he finally forgets everything. Pass the Prozac, please !
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Jay
Short collection of short stories by Fitzgerald. If there's a common theme, besides dealing with the well-to-do of the time, they are about the past and how it can't be re-realized. My favorite of the bunch was "Three Hours Between Planes" because it dealt with how your memories of unrequited love might not be remembered in the same way by the object of your long-term longing. This felt the most personal of the bunch.
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.
D.A. Cairns
Mar 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
The stories themselves didn't quite do it for me, but the writing? Oh, the writing. When I reviewed The Great Gatsby, I commented on Fitzgerald's ability to stop me reading on because of the need to re read and marvel at a brilliantly constructed sentence or an extraordinary descriptive phrase. Again, whilst reading this collection of stories, I was struck by the artistry.

All the stories are essentially tragedies with traces of dark humour, featuring deeply flawed characters who act selfishly. I
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book.to.frame
Dec 06, 2019 rated it liked it
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Tayla
Jan 15, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
*DNF*
Yeah, this wasn’t for me. I’ve always struggled with classics/older styled books & this wasn’t an exception.
The curious case of Benjamin button - ⭐️ DNF I started this on my lunch break and couldn’t get into this. Once I put the book down at the end of my break, I had no desire to pick it back up again.
Bernice bobs her hair - ⭐️ DNF I read the first page about three times and was still confused. By page 3 I was bored. The sentences were so long and complex I just couldn’t become engaged.
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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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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
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
Roshan
Oct 08, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: critiqued
For an old classic, this fiction comprising of three short, but engaging tales enables its readers to embark on a journey of several minor hiccups while painting a perfect picture of the plot outlined in the narratives. The three short stories - The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Bernice Bobs Her Hair, and The Diamond As Big As The Ritz are compiled to form a well organized book containing three chapters. The book begins with an offbeat account on the life of Benjamin Button, the fictional pro ...more
Bogdan Teodorescu
Oct 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: borrowed_kg, classics
Really, I expected american literature to be less profound. But I found Fitzgerald's work really enjoyable. "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button" was far from being the best short story of the book, in my opinion, despite its popularity. I found "Head and Shoulders", "Oh Russet Witch!" or "May Day" have showed an amazing style and beautiful writing, as well as depth (both in the plot, and in characters)
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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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