The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

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by Francis Scott Fitzgerald
     
 

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This story was inspired by a remark of Mark Twain's to the effect that it was a pity that the best part of life came at the beginning and the worst part at the end. By trying the experiment upon only one man in a perfectly normal world I have scarcely given his idea a fair trial. Several weeks after completing it, I discovered an almost identical plot in Samuel Butler…  See more details below

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This story was inspired by a remark of Mark Twain's to the effect that it was a pity that the best part of life came at the beginning and the worst part at the end. By trying the experiment upon only one man in a perfectly normal world I have scarcely given his idea a fair trial. Several weeks after completing it, I discovered an almost identical plot in Samuel Butler's "Note-books."

The story was published in "Collier's" last summer and provoked this startling letter from an anonymous admirer in Cincinnati:

"Sir--

I have read the story Benjamin Button in Colliers and I wish to say that as a short story writer you would make a good lunatic I have seen many peices of cheese in my life but of all the peices of cheese I have ever seen you are the biggest peice. I hate to waste a peice of stationary on you but I will."

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People who were unfailingly polite racked their brains for compliments to give to the parents--and finally hit upon the ingenious device of declaring that the baby resembled his grandfather, a fact which, due to the standard state of decay common to all men of seventy, could not be denied. Mr. and Mrs. Roger Button were not pleased, and Benjamin's grandfather was furiously insulted.

Benjamin, once he left the hospital, took life as he found it. Several small boys were brought to see him, and he spent a stiff-jointed afternoon trying to work up an interest in tops and marbles--he even managed, quite accidentally, to break a kitchen window with a stone from a sling shot, a feat which secretly delighted his father.

Thereafter Benjamin contrived to break something every day, but he did these things only because they were expected of him, and because he was by nature obliging.

When his grandfather's initial antagonism wore off, Benjamin and that gentleman took enormous pleasure in one another's...

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
2940013982376
Publisher:
Sheba Blake Publishing
Publication date:
02/22/2012
Sold by:
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Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
45 KB

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The Curious Case of Benjamin Button 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 99 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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