The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (PagePerfect NOOK Book) [NOOK Book]

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In his short story The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, F. Scott Fitzgerald provides a humorous and touching journey that reveals what it's like to be born old and age in reverse.

With art by Calef Brown, this collector's edition presents this classic story in illustrated form for the first time.
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Overview

In his short story The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, F. Scott Fitzgerald provides a humorous and touching journey that reveals what it's like to be born old and age in reverse.

With art by Calef Brown, this collector's edition presents this classic story in illustrated form for the first time.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780062193476
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 9/27/2011
  • Sold by: HARPERCOLLINS
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 12 MB
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Meet the Author

F. Scott Fitzgerald
Inseparably associated with a point in history he claimed to despise, F. Scott Fitzgerald is both the quintessential Jazz-Age writer and perhaps the era’s harshest critic. However, the complexity and sheer timelessness of classics such as The Great Gatsby has ensured that Fitzgerald’s work will never be regarded as mere period pieces.

Biography

The greatest writers often function in multifaceted ways, serving as both emblems of their age and crafters of timeless myth. F. Scott Fitzgerald surely fits this description. His work was an undeniable product of the so-called Jazz Age of the 1920s, yet it has a quality that spans time, reaching backward into gothic decadence and forward into the future of a rapidly decaying America. Through five novels, six short story collections, and one collection of autobiographical pieces, Fitzgerald chronicled a precise point in post-WWI America, yet his writing resonates just as boldly today as it did nearly a century ago.

Fitzgerald's work was chiefly driven by the disintegration of America following World War I. He believed the country to be sinking into a cynical, Godless, depraved morass. He was never reluctant to voice criticism of America's growing legions of idle rich. Recreating a heated confrontation with Ernest Hemingway in a short story called "The Rich Boy," Fitzgerald wrote, "Let me tell you about the very rich. They are different from you and me. They possess and enjoy early, and it does something to them, makes them soft where we are hard, and cynical where we are trustful, in a way that, unless you were born rich, it is very difficult to understand. They think, deep in their hearts, that they are better than we are because we had to discover the compensations and refuges of life for ourselves. Even when they enter deep into our world or sink below us, they still think that they are better than we are. They are different."

The preceding quote may sum Fitzgerald's philosophy more completely than any other, yet he also hypocritically embodied much of what he claimed to loathe. Fitzgerald spent money freely, threw lavish parties, drank beyond excess, and globe-trotted with his glamorous but deeply troubled wife Zelda. Still, in novel after novel, he sought to expose the great chasm that divided the haves from the have-nots and the hollowness of wealth. In This Side of Paradise (1920) he cynically follows opulent, handsome Amory Blaine as he bounces aimlessly from Princeton to the military to an uncertain, meaningless future. In The Beautiful and the Damned (1922) Fitzgerald paints a withering portrait of a seemingly idyllic marriage between a pair of socialites that crumbles in the face of Adam Patch's empty pursuit of profit and the fading beauty of his vane wife Gloria.

The richest example of Fitzgerald's disdain for the upper class arrived three years later. The Great Gatsby is an undoubted American classic, recounting naïve Nick Carraway's involvement with a coterie of affluent Long Islanders, and his ultimate rejection of them when their casual decadence leads only to internal back-stabbing and murder. Nick is fascinated by the mysterious Jay Gatsby, who had made the fatal mistake of stepping outside of his lower class status to pursue the lovely but self-centered Daisy Buchanan.

In The Great Gatsby, all elements of Fitzgerald's skills coalesced to create a narrative that is both highly readable and subtly complex. His prose is imbued with elegant lyricism and hard-hitting realism. "It is humor, irony, ribaldry, pathos and loveliness," Edwin C. Clark wrote of the book in the New York Times upon its 1925 publication. "A curious book, a mystical, glamorous story of today. It takes a deeper cut at life than hitherto has been essayed by Mr. Fitzgerald."

Gatsby is widely considered to be Fitzgerald's masterpiece and among the very greatest of all American literature. It is the ultimate summation of his contempt for the Jazz-Age with which he is so closely associated. Gatsby is also one of the clearest and saddest reflections of his own destructive relationship with Zelda, which would so greatly influence the mass of his work.

Fitzgerald only managed to complete one more novel -- Tender is the Night -- before his untimely death in 1940. An unfinished expose of the Hollywood studio system titled The Love of the Last Tycoon would be published a year later. Still The Great Gatsby remains his quintessential novel. It has been a fixture of essential reading lists for decades and continues to remain an influential work begging to be revisited. It has been produced for the big screen three times and was the subject of a movie for television starring Toby Stephens, Mira Sorvino, and Paul Rudd as recently as 2000. Never a mere product of a bygone age, F. Scott Fitzgerald's greatest work continues to evade time.

Good To Know

In 1937, Fitzgerald moved to Hollywood to pursue a screenwriting career. He only completed a single screenplay Three Comrades during this time before being fired for his excessive drinking.

He held a very romantic view of Princeton before attending the university in 1913. However, his failure to maintain adequate grades or become the football star he dreamed to be lead to an early end to his studies in 1917.

Fitzgerald owes a his name to another famous American writer. He was named after Francis Scott Key, the composer of "The Star Spangled Banner," who also happened to be a distant relative of Fitzgerald's.

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    1. Also Known As:
      Francis Scott Key Fitzgerald (real name)
    1. Date of Birth:
      September 24, 1896
    2. Place of Birth:
      St. Paul, Minnesota
    1. Date of Death:
      December 21, 1940

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 30, 2007

    WINNING IN THE FACE OF ADVERSITY

    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.

    5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 19, 2009

    Cute, short, but worth remembering...

    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.

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 27, 2008

    The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

    The story is about a boy named Benjamin Button who ages' backwards.<BR/>When Mr.Button goes to pick up his kid he notices something weird; his son is really old. Benjamin has to dye his hair to look like he IS s son Mr. Button. When he goes to apply to Yale he forgot to put on his dye and he was called a lunetic. He finally got married but while his wife is aging he is getting younger. He leaves here and goes to Harvard but in the senior year he looks like he is 16 and forgets most of his life. <BR/>Benjamin is spending the rest of his life forgetting everything. Forgetting the memories, forgetting sound, forgetting his wife are son, forgetting how to speak, forgetting people and who they are. This is a sad story. Don't feel like i'm ruining the story for you. There is not much to the story. The story is not long at all it's considered a short story and depending your age you could probably finish it in 15-30 minutes.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 28, 2014

    Nice,,,, Great...!

    Nice,,,, Great...!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 19, 2014

    It was ok...

    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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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 4, 2013

    A great m The best book so far

    This nook is so good once you get it yoi will read over and over again

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 17, 2013

    One of many

    This is a short story about a man that is living his life backwards.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 4, 2012

    TCCOBB

    XSWDWXRDDDXQ?

    0 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 5, 2012

    Highly Recommended

    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.

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  • Posted August 15, 2012

    This is an excellent work. While this is posted as a book revie

    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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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 30, 2012

    Good read, however...

    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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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 29, 2011

    Great story, must read!

    Very interesting read, and the story about why the story was written Is interesting too! Saw the movie, as usual the book is more engaging.

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  • Posted September 19, 2011

    Benjamin Button

    Definitely different from the movie, but still a great read.

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  • Posted July 22, 2011

    Not like movie...

    Totally different than the movie. This is a rare instance that the movie is better than the book. Still a good read.

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  • Posted July 4, 2011

    Great Book

    This book was extremely too short; on my reader it showed 23 pages. However, this was a really good read. If you saw the movie then you already know what this book is about. I dont know how Fitzgerald did it in so few words but he captured Benjamins life superbly, he left the reader feeling fulfilled yet yearning for more. Highly recommended!

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  • Posted January 15, 2011

    great storytelling

    Fitzgerald paints a beautifully simple short story. Read and enjoy! For those that enjoyed Great Gatsby this will not dissappoint.

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  • Posted January 8, 2011

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    Great short read

    I saw the movie first, and I was interested to read to the book. I was shocked that the book was so short since the movie was so long. The book and movie are quite different although the general concept is the same. I think I like the book more than the movie now. I highly recommend it.

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  • Posted September 4, 2010

    very charming

    i really liked this story alot, Ive never seen the movie and didnt even though there was a book for it, im glad I read it. I felt sorry for benjamin

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    Posted February 17, 2012

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    Posted June 20, 2011

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