THE CURIOUS CASE OF BENJAMIN BUTTON Kindle Edition

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Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

The impending release of a movie version starring Brad Pitt has made this humorous tale, formerly among the least known of Fitzgerald's short stories, a hot property. DeFillippis and Weir's adaptation preserves the original's straight-faced tone describing the career of a man who begins life in his 70s and grows progressively younger. If bystanders find this more than curious, they usually are just irritated at Benjamin for not behaving like other people. He himself is surprised as his body morphs, but is always open to new possibilities; his good-natured adaptability gives the social satire a gentle edge. Readers should, of course, look up Fitzgerald's original, but there's much to enjoy in this handsome little hardbound book. Cornell's sepia watercolor panels are especially clever at showing physical and emotional changes as Benjamin moves backward through life while America rolls forward for 70 years. A useful, gracefully written afterword by Donald G. Sheehy, professor of English, completes the volume nicely. (Oct.)
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Joseph Coates

"Chicago Tribune"

Bruccoli gives [us]...a virtually new and vastly amplified Fitzgerald.



Mark Caldwell

"The Philadelphia Inquirer"

More than enough to re-establish Fitzgerald as a master of the American short story.



Jay McInerney

"The New York Review of Books"

One pleasure of rereading Fitzgerald's stories now is to rediscover just how good some of them in fact are, and how brilliant a handful.



Leonard A. Podis

"The Cleveland Plain Dealer"

This is a valuable collection, whether one reads the stories to delight in Fitzgerald's style, to conjure up a lost era, to learn more about the career of a great American novelist, or simply to gain insight into the human condition.



Joseph Coates Chicago Tribune Bruccoli gives [us]...a virtually new and vastly amplified Fitzgerald.

Mark Caldwell The Philadelphia Inquirer More than enough to re-establish Fitzgerald as a master of the American short story.

Jay McInerney The New York Review of Books One pleasure of rereading Fitzgerald's stories now is to rediscover just how good some of them in fact are, and how brilliant a handful.

Leonard A. Podis The Cleveland Plain Dealer This is a valuable collection, whether one reads the stories to delight in Fitzgerald's style, to conjure up a lost era, to learn more about the career of a great American novelist, or simply to gain insight into the human condition.

Joseph Coates"Chicago Tribune"Bruccoli gives [us]...a virtually new and vastly amplified Fitzgerald.

Mark Caldwell"The Philadelphia Inquirer"More than enough to re-establish Fitzgerald as a master of the American short story.

Jay McInerney"The New York Review of Books"One pleasure of rereading Fitzgerald's stories now is to rediscover just how good some of them in fact are, and how brilliant a handful.

Leonard A. Podis"The Cleveland Plain Dealer"This is a valuable collection, whether one reads the stories to delight in Fitzgerald's style, to conjure up a lost era, to learn more about the career of a great American novelist, or simply to gain insight into the human condition. --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.

Product details

  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B074MDX4LX
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Musaicum Books (August 7, 2017)
  • Publication date ‏ : ‎ August 7, 2017
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 777 KB
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Screen Reader ‏ : ‎ Supported
  • Enhanced typesetting ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • X-Ray ‏ : ‎ Not Enabled
  • Word Wise ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 75 pages
  • Page numbers source ISBN ‏ : ‎ B08JDTNCBD
  • Lending ‏ : ‎ Not Enabled
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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.'

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