The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button And Other Stories

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Overview

Contents
THE CURIOUS CASE OF BENJAMIN BUTTON
Chapter I
Chapter II
Chapter III
Chapter IV
Chapter V
Chapter VI
Chapter VII
Chapter VIII
Chapter IX
Chapter X
Chapter XI

Other Stories
The Jelly-Bean
The Camel's Back
May Day
Porcelain and Pink
The Diamond as Big as the Ritz
Tarquin of Cheapside

About the Author-
Francis Scott Key Fitzgerald (September 24, 1896 - December 21, 1940) was an American author of novels and short stories, whose works are the paradigm writings of the Jazz Age, a term he coined himself. He is widely regarded as one of the greatest American writers of the 20th century. Fitzgerald is considered a member of the "Lost Generation" of the 1920s. He finished four novels: This Side of Paradise, The Beautiful and Damned, Tender Is the Night, and his most famous, The Great Gatsby.A fifth, unfinished novel, The Love of the Last Tycoon, was published posthumously. Fitzgerald also wrote many short stories that treat themes of youth and promise along with despair and age.-wikipedia

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly

Each story in this collection is narrated reverently and carefully. In "The Bridal Party," Grover Gardner distinguishes nicely between the affluent bridegroom who is about to feel the repercussions of the 1929 stock market crash and the jilted suitor whose fortunes are rising due to an inheritance. In the often anthologized "Babylon Revisited," Ray Porter does an outstanding job of performing the female characters. Those two stories hint at the range of this collection. Most of them, including "Three Hours Between Planes," performed by Jeff Cummings, feature typical Gatsby-like figures who suffer the pangs of unrequited love. The title story, performed by Scott Brick, is a gimmicky tale of a life lived from grave to cradle. Fans will enjoy this collection's lesser known but neatly contrived stories that appear alongside some of the author's canonical tales. For those who may have read one or more of Fitzgerald's novels from the '20s, this audio is a great opportunity to sample his shorter works. (Apr.)

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Library Journal

This collection of Fitzgerald stories begins with the fantastical and ironic tale in which the protagonist experiences his lifetime in reverse by aging backward. The comical and lighthearted nature of the story and the pleasant narration by Scott Brick underscore a text that, through defamiliarization, deals with issues of discrimination and the class structure of the antebellum South. Benjamin is a 70-year-old man at birth and a barely conscious infant at death. In the meantime, he marries the sought-after Daisy; has a son, who eventually becomes his "uncle"; is rejected by Yale at 18 because he looks 50; and becomes a star football player at Harvard as a young man passing for a college freshman. The other noteworthy pieces include "Babylon Revisited"-set in 1930s Paris-which deals with Charlie Wale's remorsefulness for disreputable, alcohol-induced decisions made in the heady days before the stock market crash. Reader Ray Porter seamlessly shifts among the characters' diverse emotions. "Three Hours Between Planes," read by Jeff Cummings; "The Bridal Party," by Grover Gardner; and "The Lost Decade," by Paul Michael Garcia, showcase Fitzgerald's preoccupation with lost chances, lost love, and the inevitable passage of time mirrored by the country's growth into imperial adulthood. Strong stories from a canonized American master combined with likable and easily listenable interpretations make this set essential for libraries of any size. A forthcoming film adaptation of the title story, starring Brad Pitt, is scheduled for 2008.
—Christopher Rager

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781481276955
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
  • Publication date: 12/17/2012
  • Pages: 290
  • Sales rank: 1,428,612
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.61 (d)

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