Book Review-The Curious Case of Benjamin Button by F. Scott Fitzgerald

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button by F. Scott Fitzgerald

My rating: 3 of 5 stars


I read “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” for the first day of the 2019 Reading Rush, for the book to movie adaptation challenge. The short story is very different from the 2008 film, taking place from the late 19th century to the early 20th. The only thing that is the same is the fact that Benjamin Button ages backwards.

Because this book was written in 1922 and takes place first just before the American Civil War, there were some things I as a modern reader had to get used to, like the sort-of-subtle racism and antisemitism that were the norms at the time.

However, psychologically and socially this book was very interesting. First because the anti-aging of Benjamin Button was clearly inspired by the genetic disorder progeria, basically by which a person is born already aging, and these people generally do not live long. With Benjamin Button, though, his disorder or whatever it is also affects his personality, giving the reader a different perspective on the idea of growing up and coming of age.

One of the big social aspects in this story corresponds with how people even today treat mental illness, chronic illness, and simply illness in general. Most of those close to Benjamin Button blamed him for his disorder of aging backwards, claiming he was being stubborn in not stopping it, and having no consideration for anyone else in relation to it. Sound familiar? I wish I could say things have changed, but this is a very good representation of how people react to such things.

I thought this story gave an interesting social commentary on life in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, and is worth a read even now. It’s no Great Gatsby, but “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” has a depth all its own.



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I now have all the books picked for my Reading Rush challenges!

Here they are below! What are you all reading for your challenges?

Challenges:
Purple Cover Challenge: Agnes Grey by Anne Bronte

Same Spot Challenge: Dying for Beauty by Gail Wronsky

Last Year Book Challenge: The Restaurant at the End of the Universe by Douglas Adams

Author’s Debut Challenge: The Waking Forest by Alyssa Wees

Non Human Character Challenge: The Castle of Llyr by Lloyd Alexander

Five Word Title Challenge: The Restaurant at the End of the Universe by Douglas Adams (tentative)

Book to Movie Adaptation Challenge: The Curious Case of Benjamin Button by F. Scott Fitzgerald

General TBR:

Myths and Fairy Tales in Contemporary Women’s Fiction, From Atwood to Morrison by Sharon Rose Wilson

Hilda and the Bird Parade by Luke Pearson

The Orchard by Brigit Pegeen Kelly