The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Published on: 27/05/1922
Genres: Classics, Short Stories
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
In this story, a baby born in 1860 begins life as an old man and proceeds to age backward. F. Scott Fizgerald hinted at this kind of inversion when he called his era “a generation grown up to find all Gods dead, all wars fought, all faiths in man shaken.” Perhaps nowhere in American fiction has this “Lost Generation” been more vividly preserved than in Fitzgerald’s short fiction.
I really enjoyed the movie The Curious Case of Benjamin Button when I first saw it 2 years ago. The loved the story, the acting, everything. It is actually one of the best movies I have ever seen. When I saw the movie I didn’t know that it was actually based on a book, but few months after I saw this movie on a book-to-movie adaptations’ list and I had wanted to read the book ever since. Now that I have completed my not needed, no-one-should-care-to-read backstory about how I stumbled upon and decided to read this book I will start my review.
This story is completely different from the movie, the only thing similar is the theme, i.e, a man reverse aging other than that everything had been changed in the movie. Even though the story was so different, I still enjoyed this book a lot. If you ask me to compare between book and the movie, I will say I loved them both but I prefer the movie more, because I think the story of the movie was a bit better. But still the book is also really really good and I would highly recommend it.
I think The Curious Case of Benjamin Button is one of the best short stories I have ever read it. It was just so beautiful. For the most part, this book was so so funny, I laughed out loud at so many places. But by the time it has reached the end pages it had become so heartbreaking. The last few pages was the most beautiful part of the book. It was so heartbreaking and poignant and so very beautifully written that I felt tears almost flooding my eyes.
I just have one problem with this story, the very reason I gave this book a 4 stars instead of 5 is that I just wish F. Scott Fitzgerald had made this short story a novel. There are so many plot lines here that could have been explored much more in a novel format but due to short story constraints were awarded only a few lines here.
I just have one sentence. Read this book, you won’t be disappointed. The theme of this story is unique, the writing is very beautiful and it is very easy to understand for a classic plus it is only 49 pages long. Do you need anymore reasons why you should read it, I hope not. But I will still give you another reason. You can read this masterpiece for free on Kindle, so why are still here, just go and grab this book and read.
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