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The Curious Case of Benjamin Button [Reading] ➿ The Curious Case of Benjamin Button By F. Scott Fitzgerald – In 1860 Balti Benjamin is born with the physical appearance of a 70 year old man already capable of speech At five Benjamin is sent to kindergarten but has to be uickly withdrawn after he repeatedly f In Balti Benjamin is born Case of ePUB ☆ with the physical appearance of a year old man already capable of speech At five Benjamin is sent to kindergarten but has to be uickly withdrawn after he repeatedly falls asleep during child activities When Benjamin turns the Button family realizes that their son is aging backwards F Scott Fitzgerald's famous story is the basis for the motion picture late in starring Brad Pitt and Cate Blanchett and directed by David Fincher.

  • Paperback
  • 36 pages
  • The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
  • F. Scott Fitzgerald
  • 14 March 2016
  • 9781543148824

10 thoughts on “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

  1. Jason Koivu Jason Koivu says:

    If you read this backwards it totally makes sense

  2. Ilse Ilse says:

    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 mellow age I love fiftyTo everything there is a season But as no man is an island others might have fixed or preconceived ideas on what might be the appointed or appropriate time for certain life events happening to us and how we should be and behave at specific moments in life even if the desirable behaviour or bringing about such events is beyond our control and we are helpless and unable to change so we fit into the frame of normality or in the plans of our relatives or larger society Why be happy when you could be normal? If we have to live on someone else’s terms societal norms and standards might collide with our identity and condition and cause friction and chasm even with our near and dear when they cannot accept we digress In presenting Benjamin Button’s case depicting the insensitive and petty responses of both outsiders as well as Benjamin’s father wife and son on Benjamin’s various stages of life and development Fitzgerald caustically shows how deviance meets with shame irritation rejection ridicule shock and denial Our loved ones are not always willing nor able to transcend their own frame of reference in perceiving and accepting us as we really are even if this might make us thoroughly unhappy She sniffed again The idea she said and after a moment I should think you'd have enough pride to stop itHow can I? he demandedI'm not going to argue with you she retorted 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 considerateBut Hildegarde I can't help itYou can too 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 at things as you do — what would the world be like?© PostertextOf thoughtful satire and social criticism one can expect it speaks for itself I wasn’t particularly taken with the story nor did I find any specifically enlightening insights on age or aging in it but ostensibly such didn’t seem the purpose of the story The prose however on the moments it uits the outspoken satirical register flows delicately and lyrically movingly mellowing nearing the ending while Benjamin reaches the innocent sweetness of infancy soothing like a lullaby “And when the long day was done at five o'clock he would go up stairs with Nana and be fed oatmeal and nice soft mushy foods with a spoon There were no troublesome memories in his childish sleep; no token came to him of his brave days at college of the glittering years when he flustered the hearts of many girls There were only the white safe walls of his crib and Nana and a man who came to see him sometimes and a great big orange ball that Nana pointed at just before his twilight bed hour and called sun When the sun went his eyes were sleepy—there were no dreams no dreams to haunt him”

  3. İntellecta İntellecta says:

    “Der seltsame Fall des Benjamin Button“ is a short story which can be read very uickly because it only has 66 pages This story is very captivating and emotional The novel is based on a mixture of weird tragedy and comedy The destiny of this odd person in combination with Fitzgerald’s writing style and language could fascinate me simply

  4. Brina Brina says:

    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 received a seventy year old man Prominent members of society the Buttons fear that they will be the scandal of their town and attempt to shield their son from all but select relatives Lucky for the senior Buttons the Civil War breaks out turning attention to serious matters A most remarkable thing occur Benjamin ages backward He goes from a feeble contemporary of his grandfather to a younger man in the prime of his life and eventually becomes a hero of the Spanish American War and then a football hero at Harvard College As he reverse ages Button has a wealth of knowledge and ideas to share with the modernizing world because he already experienced life as an older citizen Fitzgerald through Button reveals that age is but a number or perception and goes against the common societal beliefs of how to treat both older citizens and children Even though I generally do not read satires or usually do not appreciate the wit I enjoyed Fitzgerald's views on age and aging Knowledge comes with age yet usually the most senior members of society with the most wisdom to share are treated like mere children I just completed a contemporary book in which an octogenarian woman faces these same issues Fitzgerald tackled the uestion of age nearly one hundred years ago and yet society still does not always appreciate the elderly and children as intelligent individuals I probably would not have tackled this story if it was not a selection in one of my groups Yet it conveniently fits nicely with the novel I have just completed and even matches its wit Benjamin Button may not be the most timeless classic but its message still resonates and I look forward to the discussions ahead 35 stars

  5. Nandakishore Varma Nandakishore Varma says:

    Goodreads 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 itSurprisingly 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 machine applicable only to anatomy; the person moves forward in timeFitzgerald has explored all the absurd possibilities of such a wild scenario including two grandfather grandson interactions at the same biological age level Benjamin the infant and his seventy year old grandpa and the 65 year old Grandpa Benjamin and his five year old grandson The most interesting thing about the story is that Benjamin in his regressive trip through life gets to interact with his grandfather father son and grandson as peersA weird little story hilarious and melancholic by turns right up my alley

  6. Ahmad Sharabiani Ahmad Sharabiani says:

    The Curious Case of Benjamin Button F Scott FitzgeraldThe Curious Case of Benjamin Button is a short story written by F Scott Fitzgerald First published in Collier's Magazine on May 27 1922 It was subseuently anthologized in his book Tales of the Jazz Age which is occasionally published as The Curious Case of Benjamin Button and Other Jazz Age Stories In 1860 Balti Benjamin is born with the physical appearance of a 70 year old man already capable of speech His father Roger invites neighborhood boys to play with him and orders him to play with children's toys but Benjamin obeys only to please his father At five Benjamin is sent to kindergarten but is uickly withdrawn after he repeatedly falls asleep during child activitiesعنوانها «ماجرای مرموز بنجامین باتن»؛ «بنجامین باتن موردی استثنایی»؛ «ماجرای عجیب بنجامین باتن»؛ نویسنده فرانسیس اسکات فیتس جرالد فیتزجرالد؛ تاریخ نخستین خوانش روز بیست و ششم ماه فوریه سال 2011میلادیعنوان ماجرای مرموز بنجامین باتن؛ نویسنده فرانسیس اسکات فیتس جرالد فیتزجرالد؛ مترجم پدرام عبهر؛ تهران، کوله پشتی، 1389، در 80ص؛ شابک 9786005816006؛ موضوع داستانهای نویسندگان آمریکایی سده 20معنوان بنجامین باتن موردی استثنایی؛ نویسنده فرانسیس اسکات فیتس جرالد فیتزجرالد؛ مترجم مرضیه فولادی؛ تهران، نیک مهر، 1395، در 54ص؛ شابک 9786008287322؛عنوان ماجرای عجیب بنجامین باتن و داستانهای دیگر؛ نویسنده فرانسیس اسکات فیتس جرالد فیتزجرالد، و دیگران؛ مترجم فرشید عطایی؛ تهران، آموت، 1389، در 205ص؛ شابک 9786005941777؛ نقل نمونه متن چشمان آقای باتن انگشت اشاره‌ ی پرستار را دنبال کرد؛ و آنچه که دید این بود پیچیده در پتویی بزرگ و سفید، پیرمردی که آشکارا حدود هفتاد سال را داشت در یکی از تخت‌های نوزاد، که به سختی در آنجا داده شده بود، نشسته بود موی کم پشتش تقریبا سفید بود و از چانه‌‌ اش ریش بلند دودی رنگی آویزان بود، که در نسیمی که از پنجره به درون می‌وزید به طرز مضحکی تکان می‌خورد پیرمرد سرش را بالا آورد و با چشمانی کم‌سو و کم‌رمق که در آن سوالی بغرنج موج می‌زد به آقای باتن نگاه کرد آقای باتن، که وحشتش به خشم تبدیل شده بود، غرید «آیا من دیوانه شده‌ ام؟ یا این شوخی مزخرف بیمارستانی است؟»ا پایان نقل از متنتاریخ بهنگام رسانی 28041399هجری خورشیدی؛ ا شربیانی

  7. Mike (the distracted librarian) Mike (the distracted librarian) says:

    I found this short story uite sad honestly The fading of memories into oblivion reminded me too well of old age and the forgotten nostalgias of vibrant youth Although I'm fairly young I find the prospect of aging associated diseases disheartening The relaying of an entire life into such a short book had me contemplating those difficult uestions we all are familiar withThis book was actually fun to read though The dry satirical highbrow humor balances out the depressing aspects which had me laughing throughout I would recommend this short story to anyone who wants a uick snapshot reminder of the value of life and it's many uirks

  8. Bionic Jean Bionic Jean says:

    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 similar plot in Samuel Butler's notebooks but several weeks after the publication of his own story That led me to wondering what the influences of this story had beenIt reminded me of Martin Amis's Time's Arrow or The Confessions of Max Tivoli but these are much modern works Thematically there are similarities with The Time Traveller's Wife and Slaughterhouse 5 but even Slaughterhouse 5 dates from 1969 The idea of a person displaced in time is of course a staple of SF but this is Scott Fitzgerald we are talking about here the author who exemplified the Jazz Age It is hardly his typical fare So maybe the roots of this story lie in Mark Twain's A Connecticut Yankee in Arthur's Court of 1889; another humorous satire But that is of a burlesue and as in the second two examples the main character does not himself reverse his ageFitzgerald thought this was the funniest story ever written That is highly debatable But the message of the story is that age is than just a number Not only does it dictate our physical condition but our personality and character traits as well Benjamin Button is constantly unhappy and frustrated in his life as he has to pretend he is a chronological age which he does not feel When he looks old he wants to sit around and chat with other old men; when young he is happy to sit and play with strips of coloured paper Somewhere in the middle of course he appears normal with the normal interests and tastes of a man of his apparent ageAge plays a big part in our identity We all change as we get older but maybe the message of this story is the popular saying that You are as young as you feel

  9. Paquita Maria Sanchez Paquita Maria Sanchez says:

    First of all how is there an entire movie here? Yeah yeah it would probably be best to come back to thatMy 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 euivalent of cutting paper dolls out of vellum and proclaiming them to be sentient creatures Along with being generally flimsy prototypes for Dad Mom Doctor Nurse etc each one of the figures in the story spoke as if they were awkward bratty kids acting in a grade school stage play Example from when Señor Button the First arrives at the hospital expecting to greet his newborn child who is actually as you surely know a crotchety old man What's the matter? demanded Mr Button appalled Triplets?No not triplets answered the doctor cuttingly What's you can go and see for yourself And get another doctor I brought you into the world young man and I've been physician to your family for forty years but I'm through with you I don't want to see you or any of your relatives ever again Good bye Geesh calm down princess And here I thought I was addicted to exclamation points like my keyboard pumps helium through my fingertips directly up to my brain Fortunately the pre teen euivalent to daytime soap opera dialogue eases up as you move along with the story The soapy behavior however continues In the upper hall he addressed another nurse who approached him basin in hand I'm Mr Button he managed to articulate I want to see myClank The basin clattered to the floor and rolled in the direction of the stairs Clank Clank This is just one example but YES I am definitely nitpicking However have you ever seen the film Wet Hot American Summer? It cleverly addresses this irritating habit of bad movies bad television shows and in this case bad bad writing the tendency to have people convey the complex and often disparate emotions of astonishment anger and terror simply by dropping whatever they are holding with overly high pitched generic sound effects included In WHAS every time a character throws something in frustration or shock the same stock track of breaking glass is played regardless of what material the projectile is composed of This happens something to the tune of a 10 ish times in the movie and it is increasingly hilarious In Benjamin Button however it is just another example of some of the slovenly writing contained therein As you move on the story becomes engaging I don't know if it is necessarily better written in parts or if the plot itself simply distracted me from otherwise weak wordplay All the same as the character hits his physical thirties and begins losing his passion and feelings of connection to his lethargic 50's ish wife you feel for him a bit As he regresses further and further back toward the womb losing the respect of his community and even his ungrateful dickwad of a son you feel for him a bit And so on and and so on In fact the sections dealing with Benjamin's adult child's frustration with his increasingly infantile father were pretty emotionally charged It seemed a fitting metaphor for the way that many adults tend to eventually see their aging parents as burdens rather than role models and givers of life It invokes the reader's sympathies for those poor loony old folks dumped into nursing homes and abandoned by their kin to rot in the diapers that life tends to cycle us back into Sad sad stuff All in all Benjamin Button is an interesting story with somewhat poor execution It is pretty watery and considering that it is so short I'd argue that sloppy writing is kind of inexcusable Also there is a point near the end where my interest dropped off pretty sharply as I felt fairly certain that I knew exactly what was coming By the end the story had once again become about as fascinating as some stranger's drooling babySo again how is there a movie here? Oh and why have I never seen it? There are so many things about it for which I have positive associations Cate Blanchett David Fincher Brad Pitt Fitzgerald For some reason though I just never got around to it and am even less interested now Would you care to change my mind?

  10. Em Lost In Books Em Lost In Books says:

    What a little weird tale

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