Friday, August 23, 2013

Rain's Review: The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button by F. Scott Fitzgerald

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
In 1860 Benjamin Button is born an old man and mysteriously begins aging backward. At the beginning of his life he is withered and worn, but as he continues to grow younger he embraces life -- he goes to war, runs a business, falls in love, has children, goes to college and prep school, and, as his mind begins to devolve, he attends kindergarten and eventually returns to the care of his nurse.

This strange and haunting story embodies the sharp social insight that has made Fitzgerald one of the great voices in the history of American literature. ~Goodreads

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button is an odd read. It is a novella written by F. Scott Fitzgerald. The Curious Case of Benjamin Button is, in my experience, usually overlooked and ignored. I picked it up at a half price book shop in Texas after trying to decide for a while whether or not to read it and I am so glad I decided I would. It was a quick read but it was cute and eccentric. I mean a baby born as an eighty year old man and aging backward? The story talks of his struggles in being such a peculiar man in the late 1800’s. F. Scott Fitzgerald thought of it all. What would school be like? Learning to drive, getting married, and having kids? How would you get a job? It was so interesting and sad. So lonely to be the type of man he was.  So even though its old, short, and you might think its no good, don’t let the time fool you. 

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