The Curious Case of Benjamin Button and Other Jazz Age


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  1. Elaine Elaine says:

    I didn t like this short story Maybe I was expectingbecause the concept has so much promise But it was short, sad, and I could not willingly suspend my disbelief regarding how people reacted to Benjamin, from the doctors in the beginning to his very own family throughout I also found it a little bit difficult to believe how Benjamin reacted in turn, as well It readlike a synopsis than a story Fitzgerald doesn t explore any of Benjamin s relationships it slike a play by I didn t like this short story Maybe I was expectingbecause the concept has so much promise But it was short, sad, and I could not willingly suspend my disbelief regarding how people reacted to Benjamin, from the doctors in the beginning to his very own family throughout I also found it a little bit difficult to believe how Benjamin reacted in turn, as well It readlike a synopsis than a story Fitzgerald doesn t explore any of Benjamin s relationships it slike a play by play of each decade of Benjamin s life The one part that I did like about the story was the end, Benjamin from ages 15 through 1 Reading it felt like going from black and white to full color, or watching a time lapse film of a plant sprouting backwards in fast motion The effect of seeing Benjamin lose mental development while gaining the clarity and joys of childhood was fascinating.I suppose this story has some merit when viewed as the product of a writer of the Lost Generation of WWI But reading simply for pleasure, I was disappointed


  2. Matthew Vaughn Matthew Vaughn says:

    I really liked The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, I might even put this story up there with The Great Gatsby The Diamond as big as The Ritz and O Russet Witch were pretty entertaining stories, but Tarquin of Cheapside was just okay.


  3. Jolanta (knygupe) Jolanta (knygupe) says:

    I m confused about this bookso, I ll not rate it First of all I m not crazy about Fitzgerald The stories arehmmmmjust simply not interestig to me A second reason I was listening to audio book and I hated a reader s voice Eventually, I think that not every book works in an audio versionat least for me.


  4. Mary Overton Mary Overton says:

    I read the title story, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, being curious myself about how it inspired the 2008 movie of the same name A mediocre film based on a great premise a person aging backward The story was first collected in TALES OF THE JAZZ AGE, 1922, with the following note by Fitzgerald This story was inspired by a remark of Mark Twain s to the effect that it was a pity that the best part of life came at the beginning and the worst part at the end By trying the experiment I read the title story, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, being curious myself about how it inspired the 2008 movie of the same name A mediocre film based on a great premise a person aging backward The story was first collected in TALES OF THE JAZZ AGE, 1922, with the following note by Fitzgerald This story was inspired by a remark of Mark Twain s to the effect that it was a pity that the best part of life came at the beginning and the worst part at the end By trying the experiment upon only one man in a perfectly normal world I have scarcely given his idea a fair trial Several weeks after completing it, I discovered an almost identical plot in Samuel Butler s Note books This story was published in Collier s last summer 1921 and provoked this startling letter from an anonymous admirer in Cincinnati Sir I have read the story of Benjamin Button in Collier s and I wish to say that as a short story writer you would make a good lunatic I have seen many pieces of cheese in my life but of all the pieces of cheese I have ever seen you are the biggest piece I hate to waste a piece of stationery on you but I will Fitzgerald calls the story a fantasy, and his own description of trying the experiment upon only one man in a perfectly normal world is a working definition of Magical Realism given back before MR had been invented as a genre The telling is awkward and the characters without much personality, making the tale appear indeed to be a raw experiment One theme I found fascinating is how Benjamin and his father before him are berated for his unusual aging, as if anything out of the norm is the fault of the non normal person and to be counted as a character deficit This gives the story an old fashioned, 19th century sensibility A peep hole into what the life of the non conformist must have been like prior to the general acceptance of psychology as a science.Here is an example, a protest made by Benjamin Button s wife who is displeased that she grows older and less desirable as the opposite happens to her husband I should think you d have enough pride to stop it.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 simple stubborn You think you don t want to be like any one else You always have been that way, and you always will be But just think how it would be if every one else looked at things as you do what would the world be like 335


  5. Janet Janet says:

    If you re thinking about reading this because you loved the movie The Curious Case of Benjamin Button , you may be disappointed There are very few similarities with the story and movie but if you like me are a fan of F Scott Fitzgerald s writing, you will enjoy these stories Benjamin Button is a very minor part of them This is quite a varied collection The Jazz Age and Flapper Stories have their highs and lows yet I appreciated the historical perspective that the stories gave me T If you re thinking about reading this because you loved the movie The Curious Case of Benjamin Button , you may be disappointed There are very few similarities with the story and movie but if you like me are a fan of F Scott Fitzgerald s writing, you will enjoy these stories Benjamin Button is a very minor part of them This is quite a varied collection The Jazz Age and Flapper Stories have their highs and lows yet I appreciated the historical perspective that the stories gave me The reader needs to check the footnotes and Fitzgerald s comments are included for some of the stories after the footnotes One caution because it s been years since I had read anything by Fitzgerald, I was shocked by the racial slurs in the text Even when one takes into account the attitudes of Americans in the beginning of last century, these words can be offensive And, not all of it can be attributed to an honest depiction of the characters in his stories since much comes through the voice of the narrator On the plus side it stirs one out of complacency It forced me to do a bitreading on the internet about Fitzgerald s feelings on race etc Some researchers believe he matured during his brief lifetime and he had begun to criticize this same attitude in other writers of his time


  6. Angela Magic Art Angela Magic Art says:

    This was much shorter than I was expecting I quite liked The Curious Case of Benjamin Button It s strange, and humorous, and thought provoking But the other Jazz Age Stories I didn t really care for.


  7. Amber Amber says:

    The Offshore Pirate This was ultimately my favorite short story of the book The story is about Ardita a snobbish young woman who believes she can do whatever she pleases Ardita is a great character and her attitude towards everyone made me giggle, it was just so entertaining on how she treats everyone She throws a half eaten lemon at her own uncle, rude and childish but funny as hell The story actually begins on Ardita s uncle s ship, she is suppose to head to shore and meet the man she is t The Offshore Pirate This was ultimately my favorite short story of the book The story is about Ardita a snobbish young woman who believes she can do whatever she pleases Ardita is a great character and her attitude towards everyone made me giggle, it was just so entertaining on how she treats everyone She throws a half eaten lemon at her own uncle, rude and childish but funny as hell The story actually begins on Ardita s uncle s ship, she is suppose to head to shore and meet the man she is to marry, as you can guess, Ardita had other ideas.Artdita truly desires to have an adventuress life and finds her life now to be dully So in the end Ardita stays on the ship, only to later get captured by a handsome pirate Hmm, one can only wonder what this will lead to As you may have guessed the two start to fall in love with each other, but there formal lives are getting in the way To avoid spoiling I will live it at that however the story has a very romantic and weird twist in the end In my personal opinion this short story is a good book for all women to read for a nice heart throbbing adventure because who doesn t want to be swept away by a handsome pirate.The Four Fists A good short story and only funny to those who like to see, or in this case read about a man getting hit The title of this book basically explains itself, the main character Samuel is punched four times because of mistakes he makes in his life Each and every punch teaches him a lesson, and each less are as confusing as the next Of course Samuel deserves every single hit he takes but I am guess when I say that each hit magically knocks some sense into him This story confused me a lot so it is difficult to explain what happens but from what I did understand is that Samuel was a rude, selfish, and lustful guy and each punch taught him to become a better person There is a missing lesson that I did not fully understand, this happened upon the second punch Anyways the story was intriguing because Fitzgerald wrote it as if each fits to the face had some magical power when in truth most people would not thing, Oh, I did something wrong I deserved that punch It would beon the, lines of What the hell and insanity punch back Thus, it would have an ending of the person learn nothingthen violence and gaining no effort in becoming a good person A descent reading for when one has the time to pass but still this book could have been quite better if Fitzgerald when intodetails about the lesson Samuel learned Mr Icky This is story is actually not a story but a script and unless ready out loud, one may find this book a real head throb The story is confusing, the jokes are hard to make out unless read out loud and the dialogue is just killer to the brain In my class we had to read it ourselves and then read it out loud to get most of it But the sum of the story is about Mr Icky s children leaving is house to go live their own lives Of coarse Mr Icky is not taking this well, what father wood and is desperately trying to convince his children to stay Well, let s just say it does not end well for Mr Icky and I think the ending was bittersweet it was difficult to tell However, I got a real kick out of what some of the characters wanted to do with their lives For example, Charles you would think he would want to do something like work in the military or perhaps get a job in a factory, well no he longs for something muchinteresting He want to hunt eels, really eels, I guess that is exciting in its own way, one can only ask what type of eels Charles wishes to hunt for If you re think of what I think your thinking of then you people are sick I meant what species of eels Anyways, this script is fun to read with a small group and although confusing a quite enjoyable read if you know how to play the parts


  8. Jenny Jenny says:

    This is F Scott Fitzgerald Of course, I loved it I would have given it five stars, but stories like Tarquin of Cheapside and Jemina make that impossible Still, it s a good collection of Fitzgerald s Jazz Age stories Off the top of my head, my favorite stories are May Day, Bernice Bobs Her Hair, The Lees of Happiness, The Ice Palace, The Cut Glass Bowl, Head and Shoulders, Off Shore Pirate, and Four Fists I m sure there arethat I really liked, but again, I m doing This is F Scott Fitzgerald Of course, I loved it I would have given it five stars, but stories like Tarquin of Cheapside and Jemina make that impossible Still, it s a good collection of Fitzgerald s Jazz Age stories Off the top of my head, my favorite stories are May Day, Bernice Bobs Her Hair, The Lees of Happiness, The Ice Palace, The Cut Glass Bowl, Head and Shoulders, Off Shore Pirate, and Four Fists I m sure there arethat I really liked, but again, I m doing this off the top of my head, not with the Table of Contents spread before me Speaking of the ToC, I really enjoyed Fitzgerald s original ToC for Tales of the Jazz Age It was entertaining to read how he felt about his own work looking back on it years later Over all, I loved this collection because I love Fitzgerald s work His writing is beautiful, his stories are well conceived, and his characters are funny, interesting, weird, and unique like people should be I highly recommend this book for a snapshot of life in a different time, for entertaining and thought provoking reading, and for the experience of reading strong literature


  9. Djrmel Djrmel says:

    audiobook read by Grover Gardiner I d like to bepositive about these stories, but as the collection progressed, a single, sad thought kept coming to my mind Fitzgerald really was a one hit wonder That might be unfair, in that these stories are his early works, but they were published, so they do stand as a part of his body of work The titled story is pretty good, especially in concept And the arc of the main character gives an interesting look at what would happen if we really were audiobook read by Grover Gardiner I d like to bepositive about these stories, but as the collection progressed, a single, sad thought kept coming to my mind Fitzgerald really was a one hit wonder That might be unfair, in that these stories are his early works, but they were published, so they do stand as a part of his body of work The titled story is pretty good, especially in concept And the arc of the main character gives an interesting look at what would happen if we really weremature when we were younger rather than older But the story never goes too deep, and the supporting characters arelike backstops, there to bounce dialog and action off of, but never adding structure The stories are all surface, glitzy and wordy and overwritten, and if you try to look deeper, you ll discover Fitzgerald didn t go any deeper I suppose that s a good portrait of the era he was writing in, but beyond their historical significance, I d have a hard time recommending this collection to anyone


  10. Jessika Jessika says:

    Like others who reviewed this edition, the stories were great but the editing was terrible Actually bad enough to be distracting.


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  • Paperback
  • 464 pages
  • The Curious Case of Benjamin Button and Other Jazz Age Stories
  • F. Scott Fitzgerald
  • English
  • 05 December 2017
  • 0143105493

About the Author: F. Scott Fitzgerald

Francis Scott Key Fitzgerald was an American writer Case of PDF Ë of novels and short stories, whose works have been seen as evocative of the Jazz Age, a term he himself allegedly coined He is regarded as one of the greatest twentieth century writers Fitzgerald was of the self styled Lost Generation, Americans born in the s who came of age during World War I He finished four novels, left a fifth unfinished, and wrote The Curious eBook ß dozens of short stories that treat themes of youth, despair, and age He was married to Zelda Fitzgerald.