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The Curious Case of Benjamin Button by F. Scott Fitzgerald
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The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

216 ratings, 81 reviews

If you loved the movie The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, then you should read the short story-because apart from the title and the fact that Benjamin ages backwards, they are nothing alike. So it saves you from having to decide whether you prefer the book or the movie.

In the story version by F. Scott Fitzgerald, Benjamin Button is born an old man who fancies smoking his father's pipe and reading encyclopedias rather than playing with toys. As he gets younger he reaches the right age to start working, then to go to college, then to fight in the war. Finally, when he's grown (emm, shrunk) to a baby, Benjamin enjoys playing with children's toys. In the book version you don't get to see Brad Pitt, but you do get to enjoy some fantastic Jazz Age prose from the master Fitzgerald.

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Naomi Rice

October 08, 2555

It was hilarious! However, I found the end terribly depressing and I want to know what happened to Hildegarde.

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Sunny Park

February 25, 2014

Hilarious, and interesting, but sad and depressing at the same time.

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Wendy Green

February 16, 2014

One of my all time favs!

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Eddie Sanchez

January 16, 2014

Great book just thinking of the sadness of growing young must be

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Misbah Ahmed

December 13, 2013

Great story. Funny, sad, thoughtful and so many other emotions in such a short story! A must read. Watch the movie if you want a more happier version.

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Amy Knight

December 12, 2013

I thought terribly sad and I felt sorry for his wife. broke my heart that it was very well written

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Mycah Hughes

November 29, 2013

Luv it L-U-V luva

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Sapna Suresh

October 10, 2013

I enjoyed reading this book.everything in a reverse manner amused me a lot.

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Tabs Smith

October 03, 2013

Sad ending, but an easy read and enjoyable

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Alaina Williford

September 24, 2013

Who names their son benjamin button

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Sandy Phillips

September 06, 2013

Wowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowow

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Gracie Phillips

September 05, 2013

I loved the book! The ending was horrible! I kept trying to turn the page!

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Maggie Martinez

August 23, 2013

Unique subject and unpredictably quirky. An idea rather than a developed novel but funny and sad.

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Shiela Canda

July 16, 2013

Funny but quite short and sad at the end :(

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Ruby Mac

July 15, 2013

Good but i found it a bit brief

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Subway 609

July 09, 2013

Great book, however Hildegarde was much nicer to Benjamin in the movie.

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Mart Del

July 07, 2013

Shame about the typos

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Dianne G

May 22, 2013

My husband mentioned this concept of being born old and getting younger. Then I found this book and really enjoyed it and shared parts withhim.

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Joan Morris

May 12, 2013

I really enjoyed this book. The premise was very interesting

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James Martinez

May 02, 2013

Good book to read. Makes you think about life a lot.

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Megan Yeager

April 30, 2013

The book was very interesting. I liked that it wasn't as explicit as the movie. The ending was sad and after I got to a certain point in the book, I grew bored. Still a great read!

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Samuel Riddle

April 23, 2013

A amazing book! Terribly sad though...

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Fred Kirchner

April 22, 2013

Most books you find surpass their movie counterparts... This one fell short and the story was rather flawed. I liked the movies plot better. Still glad I read it tho.

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Val Ingrassia

April 10, 2013

Wonderfully written .....made me cry ;(

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Nin Cho

February 12, 2013

Id say movie has more emotions and more sadness, happiness, and its bit differant than book. Its worth reading.

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Dee Tapp

February 03, 2013

Has all the emotions, sad,happy,anger....but only in reverse! Great read!

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Pauletta Flannery

February 03, 2013

Could not stop reading from beginning to end.

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Debora Fox

January 20, 2013

A bittersweet short story. (Several typographical errors in this copy, but nothing you can't just skim over...) A clever storyline, well worth the read!

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Robert Kovac

January 03, 2013

Nice book, easy to read.

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Daniel Davis

December 23, 2012

It was a perplexing and intuitive story. Quite good and easy reading. The brief comedic point were mulled over by the dreary ending, giving the book a bit of morbid flair.

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David Ross

December 19, 2012

Again, if you are looking for the film, this has very little in common. The story of a man whose life ages in reverse and how society shuns him for being different. As his life is in reverse, he tends to find himself alienated from humanity despite following a fairly typical path.

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Yvonne Jackie

December 02, 2012

I found d book n movie really wonderful and well composed.well done

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Anthony Almanza

November 25, 2012

It was good but sad :(

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Coty Chadwick

November 01, 2012

I like this book. The movie was good too, but it left out a lot f stuff. The book made more sense.

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Arlen Rissover

October 25, 2012

That was disturbing. Too similar to watching my mother slide into dementia

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Trent Taylor

October 23, 2012

I love the move of this book and i love this book

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SK Narasimhan

October 15, 2012

Very well-written, as with any Fitzgerald book. Unusual subject treated with respect, in simple manner, without unnecessary drama. Enjoyed it very much.

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Arleen Anderson

October 14, 2012

Good short story but sad. :(

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Niken Triwahyuni

October 12, 2012

The book 9 - the movie 8

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Taz Y.

September 29, 2012

If you are one of those people that invariably compare book to movie & visa-versa, this short story will not be one. The two are as night is to day. I found them to be equally interesting and well done.

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Brian Gardner

September 28, 2012

Fascinating concept story well told.Very descriptive

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em derp

September 19, 2012

Pretty good,

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Leanna Gutierrez

August 24, 2012

Great read!!!

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Cynthia Magallanes

August 15, 2012

So much better than the movie!

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Helen Wang

August 07, 2012

Intrigueing if that's how you spell it.

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Maureen Jackson

August 02, 2012

This story made me smile

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Jon Gudorf

July 31, 2012

An interesting spin on life!

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Amber Ross

July 26, 2012

It was sad but good

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Jack Matthaei

July 04, 2012

Wonderful short story. Better than the movie, although both were emotionally draining

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Alan Johnstone

June 27, 2012

Touching, amusing and sad in equal measure. A wonderful little diversion.

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Chloe Watson

June 20, 2012

I've watched the movie but I loved the book! Very easy to get into. Great job

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Lean Cox

June 04, 2012

Pretty decent actually

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Sue Carol

May 12, 2012

Bittersweet. Captures the essence of human development.

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Susan Welsford

May 07, 2012

Kind of a strange little story . . . And NOTHING like the movie.

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Brittany Collins

May 06, 2012

Nothing like the movie, but it was still a captivating story

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Robert Wool

May 05, 2012

It was neither funny nor sad. Let's call it irreve

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Ana Peric

May 04, 2012

really nice, easy read.

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Jessi Ann

May 01, 2012

I liked this book. It was better than the movie that they made out of it. I read it all in one sitting.

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Kaila Antolin

April 10, 2012

I loved how the years are like when they are growing backwards... or should i call it growing?

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Lavinia de Leeuw

April 09, 2012

I just loved the mystery of this story. The way that it leaves you, with Benjamin as a baby almost made me cry.

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Christine Barnett

March 22, 2012

The perfect short story! Succinct, entertaining......a real page turner!

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Judy Hagan

March 16, 2012

So wonderful and creative!

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Julie Sidley

February 27, 2012

Great, sad ending

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Pam Minich

February 06, 2012

Interesting...engaging. A quick but fun read. It was a bit sad in the end, but thought-provoking, too. A fun, quirky short story.

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Schona Dortch

January 24, 2012

Loved this story!

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Courtney Smith

January 21, 2012

Interesting and engaging. I wish there was more.

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Francesca Sasnaitis

January 18, 2012

Much more interesting than expected. An unnerving vision of "aging" and the vicissitudes of life. Oddly moved by the inevitable ending.

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Julia Zackiewicz

January 17, 2012

I took interest in reading this novel by F Scott Fitzgerald having previously seen the film based around it. Though the two were almost nothing alike, I enjoyed this quick, entertaining, and thought provoking read centered around Benjamin Button, a man who ages backwards. Unique premise and I enjoyed the historical context as well.

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Theanmozli Nalliah

January 15, 2012

Great story! Very touching!

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Christin Zhang

December 23, 2011

Very much different from the film,but with a taste of authenticity you'd like.

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Alyssa Anda

December 23, 2011

Such an amazing short story! Love it :)

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Amy Champine

December 17, 2011

Decent short story I just was not aware at first how short. If you are looking for a quick read this is for you.

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Gillian Allan

December 07, 2011

Great wee read :-)

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Justin Beveridge

November 23, 2011

I wish it was longer. Great book!!

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Shelia Burkhalter

October 02, 2011

I thought this would be longer. Wonderful short story.

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Phyllis Seagraves-Sunday

September 27, 2011

Truly enjoyed this book; wish it had been longer.

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Anna McCue

September 27, 2011

Different, a nice quick read.

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Lori Halleck

September 07, 2011

Fabulous!

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Kalee Hall

August 31, 2011

It was a great book

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Kenzie Weaver

July 03, 2011

It was a little difficult for a 13 year old but all the same it was very good and interesting.

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Clurra Donald

May 19, 2011

An interesting concept and a light read.