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O Estranho Caso de Benjamin Button

3.54  ·  Rating details ·  42,579 ratings  ·  3,548 reviews
Benjamin Button é um homem com uma vida ao contrário: nasce como um velho e à medida que vai vivendo, vai rejuvenescendo, o que lhe permite ver a sociedade que o rodeia com um olhar crítico, mas também experimentar uma série de problemas muito diferentes dos do comum dos mortais. Juntamente com a história protagonizada por Benjamin Button, este volume recolhe as outras his ...more
Paperback, 179 pages
Published December 2010 by Impresa Publishing (first published May 27th 1922)
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Ammu Shiri K If I have guess I would say Mr.Roger Button died after 1895 but before 1906. I think it probably happened between 1895-1898, because in 1898…moreIf I have guess I would say Mr.Roger Button died after 1895 but before 1906. I think it probably happened between 1895-1898, because in 1898 Benjamin's "home had for him so little charm that he decided to join the army".

But then it could also have happened when he was at war and maybe that's why there is no account of what happened in Benjamin's family at that time.

And given the fact that Benjamin is the only "curious case", I think it is safe to assume his father actually did die !(less)
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Jason Koivu
Oct 18, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
If you read this backwards it totally makes sense!
Ilse
The curious case of Benjamin Button, as a slightly melancholic and in its absurdity somewhat humorous, surreal tale on time and (non) conformism, could in a sense be read as a satirical allegory on ageism avant la lettre. (Or maybe I did so).

“You're just the romantic age," she continued — "fifty. Twenty-five is too wordly-wise; thirty is apt to be pale from overwork; forty is the age of long stories that take a whole cigar to tell; sixty is—oh, sixty is too near seventy; but fifty is the mellow
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İntellecta
“Der seltsame Fall des Benjamin Button“ is a short story, which can be read very quickly because it only has 66 pages. This story is very captivating and emotional. The novel is based on a mixture of weird tragedy and comedy. The destiny of this odd person in combination with Fitzgerald’s writing style and language could fascinate me simply.
Brina
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button by F. Scott Fitzgerald is the short story selection in the group catching up on classics for May 2017. This story was first published in Colliers Magazine in 1922 and describes Fitzgerald's views on aging in satirical form. While ageism has become a timely topic today, Fitzgerald first grappled with the issue nearly one hundred years ago.

Benjamin Button was "born" to Mr and Mrs Roger Button in 1860. In the place of the bundle of joy the Buttons expected, they
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Nandakishore Varma
Goodreads is serendipitous! I have been planning to read this for a long time, but somehow kept on putting it off. I suddenly came across Fatty Bolger's review in my feed. It was during my lunch hour, so I Googled for a free version online, found it, and read it.

Surprisingly, I liked the story a lot better than I was expecting to. Unlike the movie, which has a heavy dose of pathos, the story is an out-and-out fantasy based on an outlandish premise: what would happen if one aged in reverse? This
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Mike (the distracted librarian)
I found this short story quite sad, honestly. The fading of memories into oblivion reminded me too well of old age and the forgotten nostalgias of vibrant youth. Although I'm fairly young, I find the prospect of aging-associated diseases disheartening. The relaying of an entire life into such a short book had me contemplating those difficult questions we all are familiar with.

This book was actually fun to read, though. The dry, satirical, highbrow humor balances out the depressing aspects which
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Paquita Maria Sanchez
First of all, how is there an entire movie here? Yeah, yeah, it would probably be best to come back to that.

My overall vote is "meh?" From a clunky start, this short story waxes and wanes in a similar fashion to its title character. All that I could think while reading the first two sections was how Fitzgerald's dialogue and descriptions of character behavior were the literary equivalent of cutting paper dolls out of vellum and proclaiming them to be sentient creatures. Along with being generall
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Duane
Most everyone knows the premise of this story; a man is born old, already smart and wise, and as he "ages" he becomes younger in body and mind. It makes me think of another saying, "you are who you are", but actually, throughout your life, you are a different person at different times. You look different, you act different, you think different, you are perceived different during the various stages of your life. I've read most of what Fitzgerald wrote and I think this is one of his best stories. ...more
Bionic Jean
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button is a strange little fantasy about a baby born in 1860, who appears to be a withered decrepit old man. He goes on to live his life in reverse, doing all the normal things - running a business, marrying and having children, going to war, attending school and college, and ending up in kindergarten and under the care of a nurse. It was written by Scott Fitzgerald in 1922. Clearly it is a social satire.

In his introduction, Fitzgerald says that he came across a sim
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Ahmad Sharabiani
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, F. Scott Fitzgerald
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. In 1860 Baltimore, Benjamin is born with the physical appearance of a 70-year-old man, already capable of speech. His father Roger invite
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Elizabeth Sagan
Y’all know what this is about. Now take a look at this quote:

I’m not going to argue with you. But there’s a right way of doing things and a wrong way. If you’ve made up your mind to be different from everybody else, I don’t suppose I can stop you, but I really don’t think it’s very considerate. [...] You’re simply stubborn. You think you don’t want to be like anyone else. You always have been that way, and you always will be. But just think how it would be if everyone else looked at things as y
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Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede
I’ve seen the movie (twice), and I’ve been looking forward to reading the short story that the movie is based for a while now. The movie The Curious Case of Benjamin Button has very little in common with the book. The name is the same, and the core is the same, Benjamin Button is born old and as he grows older he grows younger both in the book and the movie. But in the book, he is raised by his father and not abandon at birth. And all the rest of the book differs also from the movie.

I liked the
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Inder Suri
I have never read anything like this before.
When you pick up a book and you know that it is more a short-story than a novel, it's obvious you can't expect much from the book. It will either be a short tale telling you something related to a significant subject and maximum it can do is to give you a heartwarming and a satisfying ending.

But this book was something more. It was different. Yes, like many others, I already knew those two words very strongly related to this book i.e, "Aging Backwards"
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Adita ✨The Slumbering Insomniac✨
Oct 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Would you like getting younger as you age? Literally?
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★★★★★★★★★☆[9/10]

❓If you happen to meet your kids and grandkids on your way down to childhood, will they regard you as their peer or their nemesis?

❓Will they embrace you with arms wide open or regard you with vitriolic contempt?

❓Will you still love your wife's wrinked skin and mellow body or will she cease to interest you as you seek the company of prettier, younger women?

❓Would you want to unlearn everything as you age(or un-age) without even a faint memory of ever having accomplished wonderf
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Mia (Parentheses Enthusiast)
"Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards." -Søren Kirkegaard


This wonderful short story blurs a lot of lines. It's definitely a satire about aging and how it affects one's position in society, but it's also unequivocally a bittersweet tragedy. A whimsical odyssey in reverse, a story of falling in and out of love, a rumination on memory, a chronicle of one odd branch of a family tree.

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button truly is all of these things, but first and forem
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Amanda
Oct 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016-log, audiobooks
Yay! I finally completed my first audiobook. This isn't exactly a great feat seeing as this story is only about 1 hour and 20 minutes, but it was the perfect length for my walk and recent time constraints.

This was such a pleasurable read and worthy of the short amount of time needed to complete. This story is quite different from the movie, but I found it preferable. Even though I am more of a visual learner, the audio version gave me a chance to truly appreciate the writing skills of Fitzgerald
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Alex
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button is about a man who was born old, and by a reverse process that is unknown converted into being young throughout his years of life. This short story just tells us about Benjamin's life.

I am not sure if it was the writing or the narrator that gave this novel such a poor rating from me, but there was something I didn't like. The narrator of my story spoke too fast, and made Fitzgerald's story sound abnormal. The story was already abnormal, but the way he spoke w
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Britany
For some crazy reason, I had no idea that this was a short story written by F Scott Fitzgerald. I had seen the movie years ago and never read the book (The horror! I know...).

You can easily read this in one sitting at less than 70 pages. I wish that the book was structured so that we got to see Benjamin's whole life and the difficulty he faced as he aged in reverse. Most of the book is spent on the first few years of his life, and then quickly works backwards. This concept is unbelievably intere
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Steven Godin
Had I read this without knowing it's writer, would more than likely be thinking along the lines of Franz Kafka, where an absurd conceit is established at the outset, but spun in a way making it have the feel of realism. I still wasn't sure when reading for the first time whether to laugh or cry, as it waspreposterously ridiculous, but also humanistically sad. The fact of trying to squeeze the whole life of Benjamin Button into a short story didn't really work, it was difficult to feel empathy fo ...more
Kaylin (The Re-Read Queen)
...did I somehow miss the entire point of this story? Or does it just not have one?

This short-story focuses on Benjamin Button, who in a 'curious' turn of events, is born an elderly man and ages in reverse. As the story takes us through his life, we see how age really determines our circumstances.

But the story rambles around, filled with clumsy logistical issues (what happens to Benjamin's mother? Why is she never mentioned at all? How did she give birth to a 70 year old man without dying??) a
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Paula W
Apr 21, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was surprised by how much I liked this considering my apathy for Gatsby. This was funny, sad, enlightening, and way ahead of its time.
Leo .
Dec 21, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Brad Pitt film is very good but, not as good as the original story. 👍🐯
Connie G
This is a humorous, quirky story about Benjamin Button who is born as a 70 year old, and ages backwards into infancy. It made me think about age and identity. The story also showed the frail condition present in both old age and infancy where people need help from others.

As he aged backwards, Benjamin became a peer to his grandfather, his father, his son, and eventually his grandson. The changing relationships between Benjamin and his other male family members, as well as his wife, are a big par
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Hayat
Dec 19, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone
3.5 stars
I've watched and enjoyed the brilliant movie adaptation of The Curious Case of Benjamin Button so when I came across the very short audiobook on YouTube, I couldn't resist.

“Our lives are defined by opportunities, even the ones we miss.”
Benjamin Button is born in 1860 as an old man and begins to slowly and mysteriously age backward to the bewilderment and consternation of his family.



The whole thing is a metaphor for the inevitable march of time and our inescapable fate...ageing and d
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(_.- Jared -._) ₪ Book Nerd ₪
The book strikes me as humorous and creative at first. Then it's happy and fun. But then, as it progresses, I find it somewhat melancholy and dark. Of course it ends somewhat tragically, which seems kind of strangely backwards. By the end of the book, I couldn't help but to be left contemplating existence and mortality, which is sort of weird if you're familiar with the plot. Even as everything is backwards, it still feels about the same, from a metaphorical perspective at least.

The book makes
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Supreeth
David Fincher gets five stars.
Shannon (Giraffe Days)
Originally published as a short-story in Collier's magazine's "Tales of the Jazz Age" in 1922, Fitzgerald's quirky, fairy-tale-like story of a man born at age seventy who gets younger has been widely available as a novella for many years. This collector's edition has been released to coincide with the movie: it's a lovely little black hardcover with glossy pages and wonderful colour illustrations by Calef Brown.

Benjamin Button was born in 1860 at age 70: bald, shrunken, with a long beard and a q
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Ayla
May 27, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Paul
Dec 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I think knowing the history behind F. Scott Fitzgerald, really makes this tale more interesting.
It has often been said that youth is wasted on the young, this story gives you a new look at that idea.
Catherine ♡
Aug 03, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: short-stories
I found this short story really fascinating. I had been wanting to watch the movie for a long time and FINALLY got around to reading this. I think a short story was the perfect length but I'm super curious as to how a full movie was made out of 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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