The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

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A graphic tale featuring a protagonist who ages backwards after being born an old man is a visual interpretation of the classic F. Scott Fitzgerald story. 20,000 first printing.

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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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The classic F. Scott Fitzgerald story follows the adventures of a man who ages backwards after being born an old man in Baltimore in 1860.

Publisher: New York : Collins Design : HarperCollinsPublishers [Distributor], 2008
Edition: Collector's ed
ISBN: 9780061144189
0061144185
Characteristics: 59 p. : col. ill. ; 20 cm
Additional Contributors: Brown, Calef

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carolwu96
Jun 15, 2019

I kept my distance from Fitzgerald for a few years after reading the Great Gatsby in high school. Yes we learned about the Jazz Age and the Great Depression, yes we learned about the symbolism of the green light and the American Dream. Yet there was something deeper and darker than made me afraid, and for a long time I was held back by the instinctive fear of something bigger.
It was only during college when I watched Eden Lake that I realized I had a fear of human nature. As a horror movie aficionado, I’ve watched numerous James Wan and The Orphan and The Shining, all the classics you’re expected to watch, but none frightened me as much as Eden Lake. That was when I realized I was not afraid of the supernatural but rather humans.
So although the plot of Benjamin Button is now cliché and I knew the ending without even reading it, it was a while before I actually gathered enough courage for it. Yes the plot is now trite: an old man was born and instead of growing older, he grew younger. I never looked at the literary criticism for this piece but to me, it both shows the parallel between youth and old age and the contrast between social expectations and reality.
If the Great Gatsby is only fun once you understand all the history behind it, Benjamin Button is all fine on its own. .
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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Aug 29, 2017

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button is a satire on society’s prejudices towards age and appearance. Benjamin is born a seventy-year-old man, and as his age increases, he becomes younger. In other words, the effects of age apply to him in reverse. Benjamin’s relationships with his father, wife, and son show how unfit he is to blend in with the society and gain its acceptance. Regardless of Benjamin’s behaviour, inner character or skills, he is always judged by the way he looks, and deemed either too old or too young. More precisely, the society ridicules Benjamin for trying to participate in activities that people of his age do not usually do. Although the reversal of age is unrealistic, the story conveys messages that can definitely be applied to real life. Moreover, the tone of the narrator is tinged with sarcasm that complements the irony of the events. All in all, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button is enjoyable to read because of its brevity and humour. 5/5
- @VirtueofReading of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

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elag24
Nov 15, 2011

A very entertaining short story. Told in a subdued voice, not very dramatic. How Hollywood was able to drag this short story out to 2+ hours of movie is beyond me.

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g12863
Jul 29, 2010

This is one of the best short stories I have ever read. The movie, however, is another story. And quite literally.

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