The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button 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 y

  • Title: The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
  • Author: F. Scott Fitzgerald
  • ISBN: 9780141195117
  • Page: 224
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • 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, as he ages towards infancy and beyond

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    1. The curious case of Benjamin Button, as a slightly melancholic and in its absurdity somewhat humorous, surreal tale on time and (non) conformism, could in a sense be read as a satirical allegory on ageism avant la lettre. (Or maybe I did so).“You're just the romantic age," she continued — "fifty. Twenty-five is too wordly-wise; thirty is apt to be pale from overwork; forty is the age of long stories that take a whole cigar to tell; sixty is—oh, sixty is too near seventy; but fifty is the m [...]

    2. The Curious Case of Benjamin Button by F. Scott Fitzgerald is the short story selection in the group catching up on classics for May 2017. This story was first published in Colliers Magazine in 1922 and describes Fitzgerald's views on aging in satirical form. While ageism has become a timely topic today, Fitzgerald first grappled with the issue nearly one hundred years ago. Benjamin Button was "born" to Mr and Mrs Roger Button in 1860. In the place of the bundle of joy the Buttons expected, they [...]

    3. is serendipitous! I have been planning to read this for a long time, but somehow kept on putting it off. I suddenly came across Fatty Bolger's review in my feed. It was during my lunch hour, so I Googled for a free version online, found it, and read it.Surprisingly, I liked the story a lot better than I was expecting to. Unlike the movie, which has a heavy dose of pathos, the story is an out-and-out fantasy based on an outlandish premise: what would happen if one aged in reverse? This is a time [...]

    4. و من قال انني ساغضب لو ان ابنتي ذات 17ربيعا صارت من عمري بمعجزة ما!! تفاهمنا سيكون تاما و مشاجرتنا اقل و اقل. .و الأجمل بقى لو صرت انا من عمرها🌚 ستنعدم المشاجرات ولتذهب المسؤوليات إلى حيث ألقت ا"لقد تجاوزت المزحة حدها و لم تعد مضحكة عليك ان تتعقل و ان تناديني بعمي امام الزوار"هكذ [...]

    5. First of all, how is there an entire movie here? Yeah, yeah, it would probably be best to come back to that.My overall vote is "meh?" From a clunky start, this short story waxes and wanes in a similar fashion to its title character. All that I could think while reading the first two sections was how Fitzgerald's dialogue and descriptions of character behavior were the literary equivalent of cutting paper dolls out of vellum and proclaiming them to be sentient creatures. Along with being generall [...]

    6. Most everyone knows the premise of this story; a man is born old, already smart and wise, and as he "ages" he becomes younger in body and mind. It makes me think of another saying, "you are who you are", but actually, throughout your life, you are a different person at different times. You look different, you act different, you think different, you are perceived different during the various stages of your life. I've read most of what Fitzgerald wrote and I think this is one of his best stories. [...]

    7. أصابتني قشعريرة خوف ورهبة وأنا أقرأ قصة بينجامين بتن ، بكل ما فيها من غموض وغرابة وخيال مرعب من المؤلم أن يرى الإنسان نفسه يتقدم في العمر، كأنها قضمات الزمن تنهش النفس والبدن ولا حيلة الأنسان في إيقاف مجرى الزمن ولكن ماذا لو إنقلب الأمر على نحو معاكس فصارت عجلة الزمن تزحف لل [...]

    8. Y’all know what this is about. Now take a look at this quote: I’m not going to argue with you. But there’s a right way of doing things and a wrong way. If you’ve made up your mind to be different from everybody else, I don’t suppose I can stop you, but I really don’t think it’s very considerate. [] You’re simply stubborn. You think you don’t want to be like anyone else. You always have been that way, and you always will be. But just think how it would be if everyone else looked [...]

    9. The Curious Case of Benjamin Button is a strange little fantasy about a baby born in 1860, who appears to be a withered decrepit old man. He goes on to live his life in reverse, doing all the normal things - running a business, marrying and having children, going to war, attending school and college, and ending up in kindergarten and under the care of a nurse. It was written by Scott Fitzgerald in 1922. Clearly it is a social satire. In his introduction, Fitzgerald says that he came across a sim [...]

    10. I’ve seen the movie (twice), and I’ve been looking forward to reading the short story that the movie is based for a while now. The movie The Curious Case of Benjamin Button has very little in common with the book. The name is the same, and the core is the same, Benjamin Button is born old and as he grows older he grows younger both in the book and the movie. But in the book, he is raised by his father and not abandon at birth. And all the rest of the book differs also from the movie.I liked [...]

    11. ★★★★★★★★★☆[9/10]❓If you happen to meet your kids and grandkids on your way down to childhood, will they regard you as their peer or their nemesis? ❓Will they embrace you with arms wide open or regard you with vitriolic contempt? ❓Will you still love your wife's wrinked skin and mellow body or will she cease to interest you as you seek the company of prettier, younger women? ❓Would you want to unlearn everything as you age(or un-age) without even a faint memory of ever [...]

    12. Yay! I finally completed my first audiobook. This isn't exactly a great feat seeing as this story is only about 1 hour and 20 minutes, but it was the perfect length for my walk and recent time constraints.This was such a pleasurable read and worthy of the short amount of time needed to complete. This story is quite different from the movie, but I found it preferable. Even though I am more of a visual learner, the audio version gave me a chance to truly appreciate the writing skills of Fitzgerald [...]

    13. "Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards." -Søren KirkegaardThis wonderful short story blurs a lot of lines. It's definitely a satire about aging and how it affects one's position in society, but it's also unequivocally a bittersweet tragedy. A whimsical odyssey in reverse, a story of falling in and out of love, a rumination on memory, a chronicle of one odd branch of a family tree. The Curious Case of Benjamin Button truly is all of these things, but first and fore [...]

    14. ایده‌ی واقعا جالبی بود. من فیلمش رو چندین سال پیش دیدم و اصلا نمی‌دونستم کتاب داره تا اینکه طاقچه آوردش.باید بگم جز استثناهایی که فیلم از کتاب بهتره بود. فیلم واقعا پرداخت قوی‌تر و منسجم‌تری داره. همین مقداری هم که با شخصیت توی کتاب ارتباط برقرار کردم به لطف پیش‌زمینه‌ای بو [...]

    15. The Curious Case of Benjamin Button is about a man who was born old, and by a reverse process that is unknown converted into being young throughout his years of life. This short story just tells us about Benjamin's life. I am not sure if it was the writing or the narrator that gave this novel such a poor rating from me, but there was something I didn't like. The narrator of my story spoke too fast, and made Fitzgerald's story sound abnormal. The story was already abnormal, but the way he spoke w [...]

    16. I have never read anything like this before.When you pick up a book and you know that it is more a short-story than a novel, it's obvious you can't expect much from the book. It will either be a short tale telling you something related to a significant subject and maximum it can do is to give you a heartwarming and a satisfying ending.But this book was something more. It was different. Yes, like many others, I already knew those two words very strongly related to this book i.e, "Aging Backwards" [...]

    17. Γρήγορο και μικρό ανάγνωσμα για βράδυ Σαββάτου που είσαι έτοιμος για μια έξαλλη νύχτα έχοντας βάλει πυτζάμες από το απόγευμα, έχοντας ετοιμάσει πλήρη λίστα των ταινιών που θα δεις και για καλό και για κακό βάζεις και το κινητό στο αθόρυβο μην και τολμήσει και χτυπήσει και ό [...]

    18. I was surprised by how much I liked this considering my apathy for Gatsby. This was funny, sad, enlightening, and way ahead of its time.

    19. Had I read this without knowing it's writer, would more than likely be thinking along the lines of Franz Kafka, where an absurd conceit is established at the outset, but spun in a way making it have the feel of realism. I still wasn't sure when reading for the first time whether to laugh or cry, as it waspreposterously ridiculous, but also humanistically sad. The fact of trying to squeeze the whole life of Benjamin Button into a short story didn't really work, it was difficult to feel empathy fo [...]

    20. did I somehow miss the entire point of this story? Or does it just not have one? This short-story focuses on Benjamin Button, who in a 'curious' turn of events, is born an elderly man and ages in reverse. As the story takes us through his life, we see how age really determines our circumstances. But the story rambles around, filled with clumsy logistical issues (what happens to Benjamin's mother? Why is she never mentioned at all? How did she give birth to a 70 year old man without dying??) and [...]

    21. This is a humorous, quirky story about Benjamin Button who is born as a 70 year old, and ages backwards into infancy. It made me think about age and identity. The story also showed the frail condition present in both old age and infancy where people need help from others.As he aged backwards, Benjamin became a peer to his grandfather, his father, his son, and eventually his grandson. The changing relationships between Benjamin and his other male family members, as well as his wife, are a big par [...]

    22. 3.5 stars I've watched and enjoyed the brilliant movie adaptation of The Curious Case of Benjamin Button so when I came across the very short audiobook on YouTube, I couldn't resist. “Our lives are defined by opportunities, even the ones we miss.”Benjamin Button is born in 1860 as an old man and begins to slowly and mysteriously age backward to the bewilderment and consternation of his family. The whole thing is a metaphor for the inevitable march of time and our inescapable fateeing and dea [...]

    23. Originally published as a short-story in Collier's magazine's "Tales of the Jazz Age" in 1922, Fitzgerald's quirky, fairy-tale-like story of a man born at age seventy who gets younger has been widely available as a novella for many years. This collector's edition has been released to coincide with the movie: it's a lovely little black hardcover with glossy pages and wonderful colour illustrations by Calef Brown.Benjamin Button was born in 1860 at age 70: bald, shrunken, with a long beard and a q [...]

    24. I found this short story really fascinating. I had been wanting to watch the movie for a long time and FINALLY got around to reading this. I think a short story was the perfect length but I'm super curious as to how a full movie was made out of it.

    25. The book strikes me as humorous and creative at first. Then it's happy and fun. But then, as it progresses, I find it somewhat melancholy and dark. Of course it ends somewhat tragically, which seems kind of strangely backwards. By the end of the book, I couldn't help but to be left contemplating existence and mortality, which is sort of weird if you're familiar with the plot. Even as everything is backwards, it still feels about the same, from a metaphorical perspective at least. The book makes [...]

    26. * Emin olmadığınız bir soruyla karşılaştığınızda, ilk aklınıza gelen şıkkı işaretleyin; çünkü ilk akla gelen çoğu zaman doğrudur denirdi hepimize. Ama her zaman öyle olmuyor işte, bazen istisnalar da oluyor. Bu kitap da bahsettiğim istisnalardan biri oldu benim için. İlk okuduğumda fantastik bir hikaye olarak değerlendirmiştim sanırım. İkinci kere okuduğumda anladım ki, kitap aslında bir toplum eleştirisidir. Tüm farklılıklarına rağmen tüm çocukları/ [...]

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