The Curious Case of Benjamin Button and Other Jazz Age Stories

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button and Other Jazz Age Stories

Book - 2008
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The inspiration for the major motion picture starring Brad Pitt and Cate Blanchett, plus eighteen other stories by the beloved author of The Great Gatsby

In the title story of this collection by one of America's greatest writers, 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. Spanning the early twentieth-century American landscape, this original collection captures, with Fitzgerald's signature blend of enchantment and disillusionment, America during the Jazz Age.

For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.
Publisher: New York : Penguin Books, 2008.
ISBN: 9780143105497
0143105493
Branch Call Number: FIC FITZGER
Characteristics: xxvi, 427 p. ; 19 cm.
Additional Contributors: O'Donnell, Patrick

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pca73macdonald
Jan 06, 2017

Enjoyed the movie, did not read the book.

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scrittenden
Apr 19, 2011

I have read all of F. Scott Fitzgerald's novels and would recommend any of them without hesitation. This is a collection of his early works and stories that appeared in popular magazines. I would recommend these stories to fans of Fitzgerald's novels and those interested in his life and times. There are flashes of the brilliance he is capable of, however they are not as polished as his novels and clearly not his main focus as a writer.

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DavidB
Apr 11, 2009

Don't read the story of Benjamin Button if you loved the movie and think that you'll love the writings of F.Scott Fitzgerald.

The cover rightly says that this is the 'Inspiration' for the film. Aside from the name and the general premise they are not one and the same. I try to read the original books before seeing a movie and sometimes boycott the movies all together, but in this case it hardly seems necessary; the story and the movie are as different as can be.

In the story of Benjamin Button there's a slight allegorical allusion to the innocence and helplessness of youth and old age but any metaphors are accidental and not the intention of the author. Benjamin's odd perdicament is viewed as a silly inconvenience by the characters in the story. When faced with his uncontrallable perdicament they're indignant and incensed saying things like "It's very inconsiderate" or "this has gone to far to be a joke".

Fitzgerald's writings are preoccupied with the superficial. His stories are nothing more that acts of whimsy devoid of meaning. Many of his characters are self described egotists. The best part of this book is Fitzgerald's own short descriptions of his stories which help elucidate them.

As always, you dan't have to take my word for it; read for yourself and make your own opinions.

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DavidB
Apr 11, 2009

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 stationary on you but I will. ---Pg. 415

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