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Bookmas Series: 7th December 2016
A review by Grace Fallon, an absolutely amazing blogger that you should all definitely check out: www.gracyviolet.blogspot.co.uk


The Curious Case of Benjamin Button - F. Scott Fitzgerald

Rating: 9.5/10

The story begins in the summer of 1860, with Roger Button, a socially prominent man who owns a hardware company in Baltimore. Upon the birth of his child, Roger heads to the hospital to meet his newborn and finds that his “baby" is actually a 70-year-old man.

He names the child Benjamin Button, and it turns out that Benjamin actually ages in reverse. He was born at the age of 70 and gets younger at the same rate that everyone else gets older. His parents are completely influenced by the opinions of those around them, and are filled with shame at their abnormal child - forcing him to ‘act his age’, even though Benjamin takes the form of a much older man. Most people blame Benjamin for the way he is, wishing that he could just start acting normally, but Benjamin just takes the whole thing in his stride, like a true gentleman.

When he appears fifty (and is actually only 20 years old), Benjamin meets and falls in love with the beautiful young Hildegarde Moncrief. Luckily for him, Hildegarde likes the older men, and the two marry and have a son called Roscoe. Unfortunately, as Hildegarde gets older, Benjamin gets younger and he inevitably loses interest in his wife. But how can a book that focuses around reversed ageing end? …you’ll have to read this short story yourself to find out!

My complete and utter favourite thing about the book is that it is so unlike anything I have ever read before. The concept of it was so intriguing, and it genuinely had me thinking about it for days - imagining what it would be like if my own life was lead in this way. I also love the way that the story is told, and how it begins with us meeting Benjamin’s father, and then the arrival of Benjamin himself. It is told in such a beautiful way and describes a journey that, I personally believe, has the reader feeling that they are a part of. This is so utterly stereotypical, but I genuinely found myself unable to put the book down once I read the very first word.

The only fault that I could pick with the book is that it was so very short. I watched the film before I read the book (naughty, I know) and I felt that the film went into much more detail than the book did, which is peculiar as it is usually the other way round. However, I did find that the other short stories in the book made up for the shortage of text - and I would definitely recommend reading the whole thing from cover to cover.

Fuck society, you people make me sick,” said Aniston on the Today show. “While you idiots are talking about this Brangelina bullshit, you’re ignoring what just happened yesterday with Terence Crutcher. An unarmed black father of four was driving home from college when his car broke down. The police showed up and shot him while both of his hands were in the air. This was all caught on video, which you can easily watch on the Internet. But instead, no, none of you will do that. You will instead focus on the fact that a celebrity couple is going through a divorce. Fuck you. The same people that get super offended and lose their minds over whether or not an athlete takes a knee during the National Anthem don’t give two shits when an innocent person is executed with video evidence. They always say that it ‘needs more investigation.’ What is the matter with people? Do they not have souls? This country needs to get its shit together, stop shooting its citizens, and stop focusing on stupid nonsense so much.