#onthebookshelf The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button was written by F.Scott Fitzgerald in 1922, first published in Colliers magazine but went on to be part of his collection of short stories; Stories From the Jazz Age.

Not being a massive fan of the film adaptation, though in a literary love affair with Fitzgerald and all things 20’s, I decided to have a read. It was brilliant! Funny,heartbreaking and description to die for and all succint, to the point- but heavily loaded and dripping with meaning.  In other words, classic Fitzgerald flair with a touch of the fantastical.

The short story is specifically that, and differs massively from the film adaptation directed by David Fincher which starred Brad Pitt and Cate Blanchett. The most noticeable difference is the length with the film version seeming to span on for as many years as Button survives. 

In the book he also arrives fully grown and old, isn’t abandoned by his horrified father (though his father is most definitely still horrified in both versions), isn’t raised by black family and there is no bit about him falling in love with a ballet dancer or older woman in the South Pole- or somewhere equally as cold anyway.

In essence, both entities are entirely separate and for those who prefer films to books I defy you not to prefer this version mass amounts more.

It’s only 36 pages long! What have you got for lose? Especially if you bothered to reach the end of the film. My dad was asleep  before Button’s hair stopped being grey…


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