2020 Book Review: The Curious Case of Benjamin Button by F. Scott Fitzgerald

This book began as a misunderstanding for me. Somewhere some time ago I heard that the author of Forest Gump had wrote the book that became Benjamin Button, this was after the flick’s release. I was curious about the book, as I have mentioned in other reviews, the movie awoke me to the book that inspired it, but it wasn’t for a very long time that I came across the novel and the truth of the authors.

I cannot remember where I heard the misinformation, but of course it was online where misinformation spreads quicker than the truth. When the truth is discovered it’s usually too late and the wrong thing is believed more so. Forest Gump and The Curious Case of Benjamin Button are not by the same author, but the screen adaptations are, Eric R. Roth. So movies yes, books no.

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button is by F. Scott Fitzgerald. A brilliant storyteller and world creator. This is a unique take of a story line, life moving backward as it progresses forward’. I love the movie, no doubt, and the book is just as wonderful for me.

It took me less time to read it than I was expecting as it’s more of a novella than a full novel. Wonderfully depicted with the way the author carries the story and character’s along in words. Most novellas I can eat in less than two hours, this is just the same. I don’t sit with a timer when I go into a book, I love getting lost in the worlds normally.

Benjamin’s story is a true journey of life and death, trying to do as much as one can in the span of a lifetime. The highs and lows a life can have. Near the end my heart was broken. It can easily remind one of how life is so much shorter than the immortal youths can be led to believe. Life will continue on whether we want it to or not.

The truly timeless thing of all is time itself, it cares not for those living.


This review is a part of my 2020 yearlong self-challenge to read and review. I have reread some books for the purpose of reviewing them on my website whereas I have read others for the first time. Check out Book Reviews and Recommendations to find other book reviews, book recommendations, and more information about the books I’m reading, have read, or are sharing.

Have you read this book? What were your thoughts? Do you agree with me? Do you disagree? Let’s have a conversation about it.

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