Title: The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Author: F. Scott Fitzgerald
“In 1860 Benjamin Button is born an old man and mysteriously begins aging backward. At the beginning of his life he is withered and worn, but as he continues to grow younger he embraces life — he goes to war, runs a business, falls in love, has children, goes to college and prep school, and, as his mind begins to devolve, he attends kindergarten and eventually returns to the care of his nurse.” – (Goodreads)
I really loved the concept of a man aging backwards and that he falls in love with a woman who ages normally; however there were still a good number of things that made me pull back:
- One: How was the mother completely all right after giving birth to a 5’5 ft old man? Seriously, there was no repercussions of that? It hurts enough pushing out a 6ish pound baby let alone pushing out full grown old man!
- Two: The romance was just blah. There was no real meat to it, or any development to the characters really, at all. Now, this story was good for the length it was, but I can’t help but to wish that it was longer so the reader could get more context – something that felt more real.
- Three: The memory loss felt strange, yet it wasn’t a huge deal as it felt similar enough to what happens when you get older.
I would recommend this short story to anyone who is looking for something that will make them think (especially if they are wondering what it would be like to age backwards) or perhaps is looking for a quick read for a book discussion. I actually found this read nice to do analysis on, which I don’t normally like to do. (You know, like when your in school and your professor asks you to right a five page paper on the irony of Benjamin Button’s marriage.) I, however, would not recommend this if you are looking for something with lots of development. In the end it felt like Benjamin was just somebody I passed by on the street and, outside his unusual condition, nothing about him really stuck out. Though the reversal in his relationships was interesting.
Rating: 3 out of 5