The Curious Case of Benjamin Button And Two Other Storiesby F. Scott Fitzgerald Published 01 Jan 2008
|The Curious Case of Benjamin Button And Two Other Stories .pdf|
|Format||Mass Market Paperback|
Download The Curious Case of Benjamin Button And Two Other Stories (2014) PDF ePub eBook
- 1. Register a free 1 month Trial Account.
- 2. Download as many books as you like.
- 3. Cancel the membership at any time if not satisfied.
Born an old man, Benjamin Button lived a very curious life, backwards.
When Benjamin Button's father arrives at hospital he is surprised and ashamed to find his new baby boy is a weathered, aged man, to all appearances no younger than seventy years old. As time goes by, young Benjamin comes to no longer require a cane, his hair ceases to be grey, his limbs become less frail, his wrinkles less deep, but still the world around him fails to come to terms with his oddness, as he ages towards infancy and beyond...
"The Curious Case of Benjamin Button And Two Other Stories " Reviews
An interesting collection of shorts, displaying a very different Fitzgerald to what I remember from having read The Great Gatsby at school.
Benjamin Button feels like a classic sci-fi short by H G Wells done as a radio play. Covering the main protagonist's whole life within a brief 34 pages, it seems more an interesting idea sketched out than a full story. Also, while I could suspend disbelief at the idea of a 70 year old baby I couldn't fathom the idea of one being born nearly six feet tall.
The second short, Bernice Bobs Her Hair, is much more in the Gatsby vein. This kind of black exploration of the rich very much made me think of the strong echoes visible some 50 years later in Brett Easton Ellis' writings. This was my pick of the three.
The last, The Diamond as Big as the Ritz, combines both sci-fi-esque and super-wealth themes, with an absurdity which pre-dates writers I am more familiar with such as Joseph Heller. Odd but good.
I enjoyed the film and later found this snug edition of the original short story. It's infused with a sombre, whimsical air and ultimately left me feeling sad and rather tired. Worth reading though.
The second story is 'Bernice Bobs Her Hair' which I'm familiar with from the Divine Comedy song. A story of social graces, games and disgraces. How life has changed!
The final story is 'The diamond as Big as the Ritz' which I've already read.
1) I had no idea this story was by Fitzgerald let alone only 30 pages long, so I was curious (!) as to how they managed to make a 3 hour long (or so I'm told) film out of it. Initially I was completely underwhelmed and a little confused by the story - I thought the idea was so great that it could have been fully explored in a full-length novel. The other thing that really bugged me was the lack of Benjamin's mother - I mean, Christ! The last we hear of her is mr. Button saying 'is my wife alright' on page 2?! She just gave BIRTH to an old man! Of course, she seemingly ceases to exist after that and the only relationship that is explored for the rest of the novel is primarily a paternal one. What I realised after is that this isn't a short story for adults (as I originally thought) but for kids!
2) I liked this story a lot more. I thought the amount of detail and pace was just right for a short story. Enjoyed the ending immensely!
3) um, well... This story is dated, to say the least. Felt super uncomfortable reading it and I'm white, so. I don't even know what to make of the whole story - writing seemed a bit more disjointed for some reason.
Overall... I'd recommend the second short story if it's lying around and you've got a spare half hour! The others, not so much.
Just picked this up to read Benjamin Button, as a tie-in with the movie for the Winter Challenge. The book and film could not be more different !
While the film was shallow but heartwarming, this book was just depressing. Benjamin starts off as a full-sized old man and ages to finally become a normal baby. In between, he is shunned and mocked by just about everyone, and his only release is that as a baby he finally forgets everything. Pass the Prozac, please !
The version of the book I had contained the stories of "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button", "Bernice Bobs Her Hair" and "The Diamond as Big as the Ritz".
I wasn't bowled over by any of the stories particularly, but they were a nice easy read all the same. They were quirky and interesting enough to stand up on their merits, but I felt they could have been developed a little more. I also don't think I was overly taken with the writing style, as there was something I felt slightly detached from - I couldn't feel myself connecting with the style of writing.
But as I said, still a nice easy read - good for something if you have a spare hour but don't want anything too heavy to read.
Two brilliant short stories and another very good one. While Gatsby remains one of my favorite novels of all time, I had strangely never sought out any of Fitzgerald’s other works. Reading these three tales illustrates just how important the themes of youth society and opulence are in his writings.
The titular story in particular deals largely with our attitudes towards age; how one particular age demographic (guess which) demands a majority of society's respect and adulation. The prose here struck me as being written by a man who would be largely unsatisfied with life past his 30's... it is little wonder he drank himself to an early grave.