The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button: A Graphic Novel Title: The Curious Case of Benjamin Button: A Graphic Novel
Written by F. Scott Fitzgerald
Adapted by Nunzio DeFillippis and Christina Ware
Illustrated by Kevin Cornell
Reading Level: My library had it in the graphic novel/young adult section
Hardcover: 128 pages
Published by Quirk Books, 2009
Rating: 3.5 of 5 stars

 Product Description

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button is a short story by F. Scott Fitzgerald about a man who ages in reverse: He is born seventy years old and becomes younger as the years progress. This faithful graphic-novel adaptation chronicles Benjamin Button’s many adventures: He falls in love with a woman who ages normally (this causes complications) starts a family and establishes a successful business. In his later years he attends Harvard and plays on their football team. By the time he is an old man Benjamin Button resembles a baby. “And then he remembered nothing. Through the noons and nights he breathed and over him there were soft mumblings and murmurings that he scarcely heard and faintly differentiated smells and light and darkness.”

My Thoughts

I’ve never read this story nor seen the movie based on it, but knew the basic premise. I thought the graphic novel format was a interesting device used to tell the story of a man who is born old and ages backwards. I’m not in agreement with Fitzgerald, who thought it was one of his funniest stories; I found it to be rather sad.  I’ve only read one other Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby, which is one of my favorite books and Button reminds me I need to read more of his work.

11 thoughts on “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

  1. I'm glad you enjoyed it. I haven't read it but I've read almost everything else by Fitzgerald. I read Gatsby too long ago to remember but I did like it. My favorite rereadables are This Side of Paradise and Tender Is the Night.

  2. I just found you via goodreads, which I'm brand new to. Thanks for accepting my friend request by the way. It turns out that I'm a wordpress blogger as well.

    The only F. Scott book I have ever read was The Great Gatsby, which I adored. I just rented Button a few weeks ago, not really thinking it was going to be great. Thankfully, I thought it was pretty good, and very sad, which I enjoy in film, so I can only imagine that the book was even better.

  3. I watched this movie earlier in the year. It was one of those movies that I couldn't really decide what I thought about it… The graphic novel looks interesting, though

  4. I have been wanting to get around to reading this but just haven't. From what little I have seen and heard I would never have thought this book would be considered funny. Interesting.
    Happy Friday!

  5. I really want to pick this up for a look. I read the short story before watching the movie. While I did enjoy the film, I preferred the story. It seems like it would be a great tale to adapt to comic form.

  6. I agree with you that this is a sad story rather than a funny one. I have not seen the graphic novel. I tried to watch the movie but found it long and nothing at all like the short story I loved. Leave it to Hollywood to take a perfectly amazing story and crush the good parts and stick in a love story that wasn't even there to begin with.

    The Great Gatsby is one of my favorite books, too! I have read several short stories by Fitzgerald in his collection Tales of the Jazz Age. I haven't finished the collection though. I also have The Beautiful and the Damned waiting to be read.

  7. I, too, have only read The Great Gatsby & liked it a lot. Benjamin Button sounds like an interesting story, especially as I'm planning on reading The Picture of Dorian Gray soon.


  8. Wow! I had no idea it'd been made into a graphic novel. Sadly, Gatsby is the only Fitzgerald I've ever been able to get into (damn Tender is the Night!), but I might give this one a go. I also have some of his short story collections around here somewhere.

  9. I haven't read the book but I thought the movie was really bittersweet. There was some humour in it but I cannot imagine any way to look at it as funny.

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