The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button Summary

Yes, we know there’s been a rather recent movie by David Fincher starring Brad Pitt and the wonderful Cate Blanchett with this very title. But it is perhaps a good idea to plunge ourselves into the depths of the “written version”, actually the “written original”. Brad and Cate are great but, as with all movies, they are not just stories but also interpretations of stories. The original always helps us get in the shoes of a director ourselves and cast our own characters in our private movies inside our heads.
The short story belongs to F. Scott Fitzgerald, otherwise known as the author of the Great Gatsby (movies seem to love Mr. Fitzgerald. This story, however, is part of Tales of the Jazz Age, a collection of short stories from the great ’20s. Benjamin Button is a strange case of backwards-aging person: he is born with the appearance of a 70-year old man and starts getting younger. You can imagine some of the complications of such a life, but can you measure with Fitzgerald when it comes to imagination? Put your imagination power to test and read his story.

Book Reviews

Doobie jr

Boring3 star

Weird book35


Such a wonderful story and beautifully written5 star

I know most have seen the movie but reading the story paints a much deeper insight. You don’t just watch from the outside, you feel the journey yourself.55

Yoda Toes

Quite odd3 star

This is to tolerably well written and very odd.35


Great short story5 star

An interesting twist on the life we live and the perceptions we have of it.55


Benjamin button5 star

Definitely a classic, a quick easy read well worth the effort. Scots Fitzgerald’s book is a lil more melancholy than the movie brad pit star’ed In but it’s wonderful in all its simplicity55


Bored? Read this!5 star

Very nice and sweet short story! There are parts that were kind of sad but overall this book is very short and would be a great read while trying to kill some time.55

Customer 300

Gatsby reviews bro!!5 star

The book was undeniably good. Such a unique tale told by none other than Fitzgerald himself. Litttttt!!!!!!!!!55


Rewind4 star

It was a very weird book I liked it though it went to a lot of detail which was cool I would read this book again just for the fun of it45


Wow5 star

What an excellent little book. The descriptive writing evokes pictures and pulls on the heartstrings. I enjoyed the book more than the movie, Brad Pitt notwithstanding. Bravo, Mr. Fitzgerald.55

Long legion

One of the best short stories ever written5 star

I liked it better; it spoke to me on a deeper level than when I first read it 40 years ago. I seemed to relate it to the heartbreaking scourge of Alzheimer's. I saw the movie not too long ago and that was a wonderfully "in depth" portrayal of the story!55

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