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The Curious Case of Benjamin Button Hardcover – September 29, 2018
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- Publisher : Simon & Brown (September 29, 2018)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 40 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1613825307
- ISBN-13 : 978-1613825303
- Lexile measure : 460L
- Item Weight : 7.8 ounces
- Dimensions : 6 x 0.25 x 9 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #882,178 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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This cleverly crafted short story was inspired by a remark of Mark Twain's that, "Life would be infinitely happier if we could only be born at the age of 80 and gradually approach 18."
Ageing backwards has its advantages, and Fitzgerald explores various elements of such a life, Benjamin Button’s, showing how the happiness is balanced with frustration and misunderstanding - disadvantages. He weaves humorous moments alongside poignant ones creating a satirical commentary on society’s response to growing up, ageing, appearances and abilities.
The language may feel dated, and the social standing of the Buttons may seem alien to many, yet the attitudes and expectations of people around Benjamin ring true today.
Have our attitudes really progressed? A quick but thought-inspiring read from a master craftsman.
Story – four stars
Setting/World-building – five stars
Authenticity – four stars
Characters – five stars
Structure – four stars
Readability – four stars
Editing – four stars
An excellent book, I must say
Early on a few things feel glossed over, Benjamin's relationship with his mother for instance. But given this short story covers an entire lifespan, and touches on four generations of a family, I can accept being left to speculate on that.
Top reviews from other countries
Here then we meet Benjamin Button, who is doomed to live his life in reverse. Born in 1860, so he has the appearance of a man of three score and ten, fully able to talk and moan about his woes and pains. From this old age so he is brought up like a child, but as we see the years are fraught with problems because as everyone else grows older, he himself actually grows younger. Becoming bored with his ageing wife and becoming younger than his son so we follow him through the events of his life until such time as his memories stop, as he is just too young.
Highly enjoyable and always entertaining this is a story that all of us should read. After all we all moan about things as we grow older, whether it is niggling aches and pains, or slowing down. But for us at least we do not have the problems of living our lives backwards.
I had expect it to be a very cut version of born- lived- died, however this contained more than I had imagined. There was enough depth to understand the characters personality and how it matched with the age he was when described, but not so much that it wouldn’t allow you to imagine other stories that could easily be intertwined if Fitzgerald had wanted to do so.
A smooth easy read, done in under an hour
It was okay, nothing like the film apart the basics and the characters having the same names. It was a good little read, enjoyable but not like the film
The book has been translated into a foreign language and then re-translated back into English. It has not been quality checked by anyone with even a minimal understanding of English. Not worth buying even though it was free.
Amazon should be ashamed of allowing such poor product to be available on their site.