The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

And Other Tales of the Jazz Age

eBook - 2012
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Recently the basis for a major motion picture starring Hollywood golden boy Brad Pitt, "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button" was written in 1922 by the golden boy of early twentieth-century American fiction, F. Scott Fitzgerald, author of such era-defining masterworks as The Great Gatsby and Tender is the Night. The tale follows the travails and triumphs of the title character, who is born in the body of an elderly man and becomes progressively younger over the course of his life.
Publisher: [S.I.] : Duke Classics, 2012.
ISBN: 9781620115497
Characteristics: 1 online resource.
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc
Alternative Title: Other tales of the jazz age


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Aug 29, 2017

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button is a satire on society’s prejudices towards age and appearance. Benjamin is born a seventy-year-old man, and as his age increases, he becomes younger. In other words, the effects of age apply to him in reverse. Benjamin’s relationships with his father, wife, and son show how unfit he is to blend in with the society and gain its acceptance. Regardless of Benjamin’s behaviour, inner character or skills, he is always judged by the way he looks, and deemed either too old or too young. More precisely, the society ridicules Benjamin for trying to participate in activities that people of his age do not usually do. Although the reversal of age is unrealistic, the story conveys messages that can definitely be applied to real life. Moreover, the tone of the narrator is tinged with sarcasm that complements the irony of the events. All in all, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button is enjoyable to read because of its brevity and humour. 5/5
- @VirtueofReading of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

Nov 15, 2011

A very entertaining short story. Told in a subdued voice, not very dramatic. How Hollywood was able to drag this short story out to 2+ hours of movie is beyond me.

Jul 29, 2010

This is one of the best short stories I have ever read. The movie, however, is another story. And quite literally.


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