Top positive review
Reviewed in the United States on June 21, 2018
Review 4.3 stars
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