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The Curious Case of Benjamin Button and Other Tales of the Jazz Age (English Edition) [Format Kindle]

F. Scott Fitzgerald

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"The Curious Case of Benjamin Button" is one of F. Scott Fitzgerald's most memorable short stories. The protagonist, Benjamin Button, is born an old man and ages in reverse until he becomes a baby and then finally vanishes from the earth. In a short introduction to the story, Fitzgerald wrote: "This story was inspired by a remark of Mark Twain's to the effect that it was a pity that the best part of life came at the beginning and the worst part at the end. By trying the experiment upon only one man in a perfectly normal world I have scarcely given his idea a fair trial. Several weeks after completing it, I discovered an almost identical plot in Samuel Butler's 'Note-books.'" The title story was the inspiration for the MAJOR MOTION PICTURE of the same name and remains one of Fitzgerald's most haunting and beautiful tales.

Fitzgerald's talent for short fiction is on display in this selection of four of his finest tales, chosen from two collections: Flappers and Philosophers (1920) and Tales of the Jazz Age (1922). In addition to the title story are "Bernice Bobs Her Hair," a coming-of-age story about a daring young flapper; "The Jelly-Bean," a story of disillusionment and love lost; and "Dalyrimple Goes Wrong," a case of a character torn between self and society.

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  • Format : Format Kindle
  • Taille du fichier : 332 KB
  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 95 pages
  • Utilisation simultanée de l'appareil : Illimité
  • Editeur : Coyote Canyon Press (29 décembre 2009)
  • Vendu par : Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ASIN: B0032JTTJO
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  • Classement des meilleures ventes d'Amazon: n°254.793 dans la Boutique Kindle (Voir le Top 100 dans la Boutique Kindle)

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Amazon.com: 4.5 étoiles sur 5  30 commentaires
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Great Story, Great Value 28 décembre 2008
Par A reader - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
This was a very touching short story. I love that there are other stories included and it is indexed so that you can get to each one quickly. You can't beat the price either!
6 internautes sur 7 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
5.0 étoiles sur 5 Classic Fitzgerald 24 janvier 2009
Par JTXan - Publié sur Amazon.com
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Wonderful story; I can't wait to see how they made it into a movie. These classic collections available on the Kindle are just wonderful values and put imaginative, classic writing right at your fingertips.
3.0 étoiles sur 5 The Movie was Better! 3 janvier 2013
Par I am Blind Man - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
I downloaded this book because I had seen the movie and I had enjoyed it. Being a realist I wanted to see to what extent had the producers and screenwriters gone in taking this story from book form and turning it into a major motion picture. Needless to say that beyond keeping the original story concept, that of a person born old and aging backwards Hollywood did a complete makeover. So how was the original story? While creative and interesting, it didn’t grab me in the same way as the movie did. In fact, I found the main character less sympathetic in the book in comparison to the portrayal in the movie. True it was sad that Benjamin Button ends up dying forsaken by his family in the book, but the sadness is not the same as what is portrayed on the big screen. As for the other stories in the collection, all were enjoyable to read, however none of them really grabbed me. Of the other short stories, only "Dalyrimple Goes Wrong" put a smile on my face. The other tales all end on a down note for the central character with them either suffering social stigmatism as in "Bernice Bobs Her Hair" or loses out on love as in “Jelly Bean”. In “Dalyrimple Goes Wrong” the main character wins out in the end, achieving social acceptance and economic reward at the end of the story, even though the main character actually turns his back on society and becomes a criminal during the course of the story. Of course, all the stories address moral issues; however, I found it hard to accept how these issues were resolved in the tales. Perhaps that is because of the changing times between now when I am reading the stories and then when F. Scott Fitzgerald wrote the stories. Still it was difficult to accept that a young girl who gets her hair bobbed is ostracized (though she does get her revenge) and a guy who turns to theft to support a life style that he feels is his right, gets a chance to run for public office. In the end, however I must acknowledge that the stories were well written and interesting. They were also very different from what I have read before and that is why I’m giving this book three-stars.
4.0 étoiles sur 5 Four for a buck. Worth it. 1 septembre 2012
Par M. DeKalb - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
Four good stories; great price.

Benjamin Button:

Born as a 70 year old man, Button is oft rejected by his Father (surprisingly no real mention of his mother - ever) and all social institutions appropriate for his age. As he gets older, he is in fact aging in reverse - meaning that things sort of balance out when he's roughly 35. He gradually reverts physically to infantilism where the story ends. In my own opinion it may have been more interesting if Fitzgerald had pressed further biologically and had him turned zygotic then divided sperm / egg and then ultimate non-existence... but that'd be too surreal (note: sarcasm).

Bernice Gets a Bob:

Women's hair - contextually for the time a hot-point issue, short hair was rebellious and usually seen as defeminizing (I'm a huge sucker for short-ish hair, wicked sexy - hello 2012!). Bernice, one of the most boring women depicted in literature, begins taking lessons on how to attract men from her cousin Marjorie. What Bernice is unaware of is that it is all part of a grand ruse to humiliate her. She, however, in the wee hours of the night has the last laugh and ultimate vindication - what you maliciously hope happens, does and it's fulfilling.

The Jelly Bean:

A `jelly bean' is someone who is no more than an idler, a tumbleweed that rolls whichever way the wind blows and seems to have no interest in manifesting their own ambitions (if they even have any).
The story revolves around Jim, the jelly-bean, who idles about doing much of nothing and not showing much interest in doing anything anyhow. That is until he re-encounters Nancy and is prepared to change his life and do something with it... I do suppose though that when love goes awry before take-off, reversion to what you are familiar is only natural.

Dalyrimple Goes Wrong:

Caught in the grind a young man turns to dishonest ways of getting ahead. He rationalizes that the only way to get to the top is to `be hard', which basically translates to: doing whatever you want sans moral scruples because someone, somewhere, is going to do the same to you. Humanistic in the most pessimistic sense, it's no wonder that Dalyrimple aligns with politics.
5.0 étoiles sur 5 A Brilliant Foray Into Whimsy 24 mai 2013
Par Robert Ongley - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle
I am somewhat embarrassed to say it was only in the last couple years that I read anything by F. Scott Fitzgerald. This from a person who has always loved to read! It took repeated reminders from Garrison Keillor on his radio show that Fitzgerald was worthy of note. Then there were references to The Great Gatsby through the movie (the first one) and the antics of Andy Kaufmann. I saw the film version of The Curious Case of Benjamin Button and loved it. Still, it took me all those years to finally take in the written word of Fitzgerald.

This short tale of the man who is born old and just gets younger is unique and captivating. I enjoyed the book just as much as the movie. The great thing that made me happy I read the book is the inimitable style of Fitzgerald. I appreciate the wit, the charm and the sophistication. It inspired me to read more from a collection. He is indeed an American classic and I believe this book deserves that description as well.
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