The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
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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October 08, 2555
It was hilarious! However, I found the end terribly depressing and I want to know what happened to Hildegarde.
November 18, 2015
One of those rare cases where the movie was better however a great read & exceptional idea!
July 29, 2014
Was good... Just awkward.
June 14, 2014
February 25, 2014
Hilarious, and interesting, but sad and depressing at the same time.
February 16, 2014
One of my all time favs!
January 16, 2014
Great book just thinking of the sadness of growing young must be
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.
December 12, 2013
I thought terribly sad and I felt sorry for his wife. broke my heart that it was very well written
November 29, 2013
Luv it L-U-V luva
October 10, 2013
I enjoyed reading this book.everything in a reverse manner amused me a lot.
October 03, 2013
Sad ending, but an easy read and enjoyable
September 24, 2013
Who names their son benjamin button
September 06, 2013
September 05, 2013
I loved the book! The ending was horrible! I kept trying to turn the page!
August 23, 2013
Unique subject and unpredictably quirky. An idea rather than a developed novel but funny and sad.
July 16, 2013
Funny but quite short and sad at the end :(
July 15, 2013
Good but i found it a bit brief
July 09, 2013
Great book, however Hildegarde was much nicer to Benjamin in the movie.
July 07, 2013
Shame about the typos
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.
May 12, 2013
I really enjoyed this book. The premise was very interesting
May 02, 2013
Good book to read. Makes you think about life a lot.
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!
April 23, 2013
A amazing book! Terribly sad though...
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.
April 10, 2013
Wonderfully written .....made me cry ;(
February 12, 2013
Id say movie has more emotions and more sadness, happiness, and its bit differant than book. Its worth reading.
February 03, 2013
Has all the emotions, sad,happy,anger....but only in reverse! Great read!
February 03, 2013
Could not stop reading from beginning to end.
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!
January 03, 2013
Nice book, easy to read.
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.
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.
December 02, 2012
I found d book n movie really wonderful and well composed.well done
November 25, 2012
It was good but sad :(
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.
October 25, 2012
That was disturbing. Too similar to watching my mother slide into dementia
October 23, 2012
I love the move of this book and i love this book
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.
October 14, 2012
Good short story but sad. :(
October 12, 2012
The book 9 - the movie 8
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.
September 28, 2012
Fascinating concept story well told.Very descriptive
September 19, 2012
August 24, 2012
August 15, 2012
So much better than the movie!
August 07, 2012
Intrigueing if that's how you spell it.
August 02, 2012
This story made me smile
July 31, 2012
An interesting spin on life!
July 26, 2012
It was sad but good
July 04, 2012
Wonderful short story. Better than the movie, although both were emotionally draining
June 27, 2012
Touching, amusing and sad in equal measure. A wonderful little diversion.
June 20, 2012
I've watched the movie but I loved the book! Very easy to get into. Great job
June 04, 2012
Pretty decent actually
May 12, 2012
Bittersweet. Captures the essence of human development.
May 07, 2012
Kind of a strange little story . . . And NOTHING like the movie.
May 06, 2012
Nothing like the movie, but it was still a captivating story
May 05, 2012
It was neither funny nor sad. Let's call it irreve
May 04, 2012
really nice, easy read.
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.
April 10, 2012
I loved how the years are like when they are growing backwards... or should i call it growing?
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.
March 22, 2012
The perfect short story! Succinct, entertaining......a real page turner!
March 16, 2012
So wonderful and creative!
February 27, 2012
Great, sad ending
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.
January 24, 2012
Loved this story!
January 21, 2012
Interesting and engaging. I wish there was more.
January 18, 2012
Much more interesting than expected. An unnerving vision of "aging" and the vicissitudes of life. Oddly moved by the inevitable ending.
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.
January 15, 2012
Great story! Very touching!
December 23, 2011
Very much different from the film,but with a taste of authenticity you'd like.
December 23, 2011
Such an amazing short story! Love it :)
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.
December 07, 2011
Great wee read :-)
November 23, 2011
I wish it was longer. Great book!!
October 02, 2011
I thought this would be longer. Wonderful short story.
September 27, 2011
Truly enjoyed this book; wish it had been longer.
September 27, 2011
Different, a nice quick read.
September 07, 2011
August 31, 2011
It was a great book
July 03, 2011
It was a little difficult for a 13 year old but all the same it was very good and interesting.
May 19, 2011
An interesting concept and a light read.