The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

F. Scott Fitzgerald

Favourite Quote: “As a bride it been she who had “dragged” Benjamin to dances and dinners – now conditions were reversed. She went out socially with him, but without enthusiasm, devoured already by that eternal inertia which comes to live with each of us one day and stays with us to the end.”

Review: A (very) short story of a tale which documents the struggles that would come if someone were to age backwards. Ostracized numerous times by those who he should trust the most this a sad tale of prejudices that does not dwell on details as the story progresses at rapid pace. Far less developed than the film version (which will take you longer to watch than read this novel) the beauty of this short story is in its brevity. Perhaps a reflection of the comparatively small number of positive experiences Benjamin has with his reverse aging compared with the more tragic beginning and end to his life.  

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

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