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The Curious Case of Benjamin Button and Six Other Stories,
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Having enjoyed novels of F. Scott Fitzgerald I was keen to try his short stories. This is a great collection, with the title story being the best in my opinion. Benjamin Button is born at the age of seventy and then proceeds to get younger and younger. The story is cleverly told, with his father, and later son's, dismay at the problems this throws up, poignant as well as humorous. I most enjoyed the fathers insistence his 'baby' should play with a rattle, when Benjamin would sneak off and try to enjoy a cigar in peace!
Highlights from the other stories offered is one about the perceived missed chances of a young man working in a bookshop and that of a writer, dealing with love and networking in Hollywood. As always, Fitzgerald has a keen eye for detail and the world he lived in. The young man, down on his luck, trying to hide his frayed cuffs from a friend who is horrified he is forced to deal with a request for money when he would rather not think about it, the humiliation of a wife whose husband is drunk at a dinner party, the way married love changes are all wrapped up neatly in a line, but so we all understand exactly how the character feels. Highly enjoyabl collection.