The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (Illustrated)

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (Illustrated)

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by F. Scott Fitzgerald
     
 

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*Illustrated with over a dozen pictures of the Fitzgeralds and their lives and work.
*Includes Table of Contents

The 1920s in the United States were known as the “Roaring Twenties” and the ultimate Jazz Age for the nation, a time that glorified hard and fast living. And nobody personified it or wrote so descriptively about it as F. Scott

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*Illustrated with over a dozen pictures of the Fitzgeralds and their lives and work.
*Includes Table of Contents

The 1920s in the United States were known as the “Roaring Twenties” and the ultimate Jazz Age for the nation, a time that glorified hard and fast living. And nobody personified it or wrote so descriptively about it as F. Scott Fitzgerald (1896-1940), whose name became synonymous with the times after penning the epic Great Gatsby.

Along with his dazzling wife Zelda, Fitzgerald was all too keen to play the role. When his writing made them celebrities, they were celebrated by the national press for being “young, seemingly wealthy, beautiful, and energetic.” While Scott used their relationship as material in his novels, Zelda wrote herself, and she also strove to become a ballerina.

The Fitzgerald barely outlasted the ‘20s. Their hard living left Fitzgerald, a notorious alcoholic, in poor health by the ‘30s. Financially broke, he would die of a massive heartattack in 1940, by which time Zelda had already suffered various mental illnesses. Zelda died in a freak fire in 1948, both Fitzgeralds having burned out almost as quickly as they had shined.

Interest in the Fitzgeralds, and particularly his writing, revived in the ‘50s and has been steady ever since, with Fitzgerald’s Great Gatsby and other stories like This Side of Paradise being read in classrooms across the United States. In addition to their extraordinary literary quality, they continue to represent the optimism of the Roaring Twenties.

One of Fitzgerald’s best known short stories, "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button", tells the story of Benjamin Button, who was born an old man but died young, with age being reversed. The story was introduced to new generations in a popular motion picture starring Brad Pitt a few years ago.

This edition of Fitzgerald’s The Curious Case of Benjamin Button is specially formatted with a Table of Contents and is illustrated with over a dozen pictures of the Fitzgeralds, their lives, and works.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2940013438293
Publisher:
Charles River Editors
Publication date:
12/02/2011
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
2 MB

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The Curious Case of Benjamin Button 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 100 reviews.
reogi More than 1 year ago
After watching the movie, I was completely enthralled by the storyline. I decided to read the books just a few days after. I have to admit, the plot was completely original and I would've never have thought of it, but I couldn't see how they fit such a small book into such a long movie. I realized how much of their own imput was added and I was a bit dissapointing. It was a little dissapointing because the style of writing wasn't personal with the characters, but this story is such a wonderful fairy-tale like story. The story is a little vague to me, but overall, it's one of few stories that I'll remember for the rest of my life.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Here's a man who was born with a mark against him and managed to grow up when everything and everyone seems to be against him. He managed to get married, raise a child and have a complete life, quality of his life is another issue. When one thought everything seemed to be going well for him, he started to revert to nothingness.
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Manirul More than 1 year ago
Nice,,,, Great...!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I expected more of a storyline, even though it was a short story. I think having watched the movie first made me expect more from the book.
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This nook is so good once you get it yoi will read over and over again
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This is a short story about a man that is living his life backwards.
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I really enjoyed reading this book. About half way through I was so eager to see the movie since the book was soo good. If you like the book dont see the movie. The movie has the same concept as the book but is very different.
cwreynolds More than 1 year ago
This is an excellent work. While this is posted as a book review and the edition I used was a single story book, the truth is this is in actuality a short story. It definitely rates 5 out of 5 stars. I picked this edition up sometime around the time the film was being released. The book got mixed in box of other books during my last military move and sat unread until its recent rediscovery today. Since Fitzgerald was known more for his realism, I was surprised when I first heard about this story and its science fiction leanings. Furthermore, I was skeptical. I wondered if a realist could do justice to a scifi story. Fitzgerald did a wonderful job with the subject and the story. The good: The story flows with very few disconnects. Fitzgerald did a masterful job of telling the story of a man whose life is lived in reverse. The bad: The story is set up in 11 mini-chapters. For a story of only 52 pages, this was a little unnecessary. Overall, it is a very well written story.
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The formatting for this is terrible. Do yourself a favor and buy a different copy just to make it easier to read.
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