Saturday, January 2, 2016

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button - F. Scott Fitzgerald (1)

Upon completing "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button" in 1922, F. Scott Fitzgerald declared it "the funniest story ever written" and "one of my two favorite stories." It's the strange tale of a man who is "born" 70 years old and mysteriously ages in reverse. This stunning graphic novel adaptation illustrates Benjamin Button's many adventures: He falls in love, starts a family, and runs a successful business. In his later years, he goes to war and attends Harvard University. As an old man, he resembles a newborn baby and returns to the care of a nurse. Complete with Fitzgerald's original text, dazzling watercolor illustrations, and an afterword describing the story's origins and critical reception, this edition offers a fresh look at a literary masterpiece.

  • Kindle: 105001 KB
  • Print Length: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Quirk Books; Reprint edition (Jan. 27 2015)
  • ASIN: B00NZZJ4SG

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F. Scott Fitzgerald was born in 1896 in St Paul, Minnesota, and went to Princeton University which he left in 1917 to join the army. Fitzgerald was said to have epitomised the Jazz Age, an age inhabited by a generation he defined as 'grown up to find all Gods dead, all wars fought, all faiths in man shaken'.

In 1920 he married Zelda Sayre. Their destructive relationship and her subsequent mental breakdowns became a major influence on his writing. Among his publications were five novels, This Side of Paradise, The Great Gatsby, The Beautiful and Damned, Tender is the Night and The Love of the Last Tycoon (his last and unfinished work): six volumes of short stories and The Crack-Up, a selection of autobiographical pieces.

Fitzgerald died suddenly in 1940. After his death The New York Times said of him that 'He was better than he knew, for in fact and in the literary sense he invented a "generation" ... he might have interpreted them and even guided them, as in their middle years they saw a different and nobler freedom threatened with destruction.'

REVIEW:
Better than the film!
Such a cute story, and yet filled with much sadness too. At times, mostly in youth, it would be fantastic to live that life. Growing younger, when old or when really young wouldn't be so great though, and to do it backwards from everyone else... no, thanks. I can't imagine how the author thought this was the funniest story ever, it wasn't an emotion that went through me. 
It is an amazing story though. One that everyone should read. Don't let that Brad Pitt movie be all that you know of the story.
I can't comment on the graphic novel part of this. In ebook online, there was no graphics for me to see.

5/5





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4 comments:

  1. I have never read the book but saw the movie several years ago and enjoyed it. I know the book has to be so much better because it has the format to be more detailed and descriptive.

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  2. I haven't read the book but I did see the movie when it came out. After reading your post, I want to read the book.

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  3. Interesting! Would be great to read in conjunction with the movie!

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  4. I haven’t ever watched the film but I had no idea the original story was written by Fitzgerald! Need to pick this one up soon. Great review :D

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