The Curious Case of Benjamin Button: A Graphic Novel

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button: A Graphic Novel

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Upon completing “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” in 1922, F. Scott Fitzgerald declared it “the funniest story ever written” and “one of my two favorite stories.” It’s the strange tale of a man who is “born” 70 years old and mysteriously ages in reverse. This stunning graphic novel adaptation illustrates Benjamin Button’s many adventures: He falls in love, starts a family, and runs a successful business. In his later years, he goes to war and attends Harvard University. As an old man, he resembles a newborn baby and returns to the care of a nurse.
 
Complete with Fitzgerald’s original text, dazzling watercolor illustrations, and an afterword describing the story’s origins and critical reception, this edition offers a fresh look at a literary masterpiece.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781594742811
Publisher: Quirk Publishing
Publication date: 10/15/2008
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 128
Product dimensions: 13.62(w) x 10.90(h) x 0.62(d)
Age Range: 15 - 17 Years

About the Author

F. Scott Fitzgerald is widely regarded as one of the twentieth century’s greatest writers. He was born in St. Paul, Minnesota, in 1896 and published his first novel, This Side of Paradise, in 1920. His other novels include The Beautiful and the Damned, The Great Gatsby, and Tender Is the Night. He died of a heart attack in 1940 at the age of forty-four. 

Nunzio DeFilippis and Christina Weir are the authors of several original graphic novels, including Skinwalker, Three Strikes, Maria’s Wedding, and Past Lies (all from Oni Press). They’ve also worked extensively in superhero comics and have written for Wonder Woman, New X-Men, Adventures of Superman, and Hellions. They live in Los Angeles and also work in film and television.
 
Kevin Cornell is an illustrator and designer from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He maintains the Web Site www.bearskinrug.co.uk, which he frequently updates with sketches, comics, and mildly amusing prose. Although doctors confirm that he’s aging forward in a normal fashion, they agree his maturity level is still rather stunted.
 
A scholar, poet, and avid nature photographer, Donald Sheehy is a Professor of English at Edinboro University of Pennsylvania, where he teaches American literature and writing courses in the Department of English and Theatre Arts.  He has published extensively on the life and work of Robert Frost and is an editor of The Letters of Robert Frost, forthcoming from Harvard University Press.

Date of Birth:

September 24, 1896

Date of Death:

December 21, 1940

Place of Birth:

St. Paul, Minnesota

Education:

Princeton University

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qarae on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This was a very quick read, maybe an hour or so. But definately worth reading. The story is word for word the same as the story written by F. Scott Fitzgerald, but with pictures! Very interesting and entertaining short story by Fitzgerald. And great earth-toned pictures by kevin Cornell. So if you want to read the story before seeing the movie, this is the way to go.
ParadisePorch on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
When Fitzgerald penned Benjamin Button in 1922, he enthusiastically called it ¿the funniest story ever written¿ and hoped to write more pieces like it and The Diamond as Big as the Ritz. Publishers and the public, however, had a different idea as evidenced by an anonymous letter by a reader in Cincinnati: Sir¿I have read the story Benjamin Button in Colliers and I wish to say that as a short story writer you would make a good lunatic. I have seen many peices (sic) of cheese in my life but of all the peices of cheese I have ever seen you are the biggest peice. I hate to waste a peice of stationary on you but I will.I had a somewhat more favorable reaction to the story of the unfortunate Mr. Button, who was born an old man and grew younger rather than older.I was unable to find a copy of the full text of Fitzgerald¿s story, but the graphic novel edition purports to be ¿complete with Fitzgerald¿s original text¿. I suspect that the text included was indeed the author¿s but I¿m not convinced that it was the full text of the story since Fitzgerald tended to be wordy. Nonetheless, there was more than enough, along with the illustrations and the speech bubbles, to tell the story in detail.The 2008 movie starring Brad Pitt and Cate Blanchett was a tour de force of digital enhancement. It won Academy Awards for Art Direction, Makeup and Visual Effects, as well it should have. (Rent DVDs online with Zip.ca or Blockbuster.com )Critics were divided, some (NY Times, Variety) seeing it as a wonderful film and others, not so. I¿m on the side of the Times.Generally, I like movies that are based on books to stick fairly closely to the original. In this case, I¿m willing to make an exception. Other than the title and the general concept of a man ¿aging¿ younger, there are NO similarities between Fitzgerald¿s story (hereafter called the ¿book¿) and the film.In the book, Benjamin was born in a Baltimore hospital in 1860, as fully grown adult¿a seventy-year-old man¿who can talk & thinks like an adult. He¿s raised by his father, spending company in his early days with his elderly grandfather. When he is in his early twenties, and appears about fifty, he marries a younger woman who likes ¿older men¿. As the years pass, Benjamin loses interest in his wife as she becomes middle-aged and he grows younger.His troubles applying to Yale (at 18 but looking 60), his time in the army during the Spanish-American War that began in 1898, his subsequent years as a football hero at Harvard (at 60 but looking 18), and his attempt at re-enlistment in 1914 for the Great War are wryly comically portrayed by Fitzgerald.As the years progress, Benjamin hands over the family Wholesale Hardware business to his son Roscoe, and as an moody adolescent ends up living with Roscoe and eventually attends kindergarten with his grandson as he thinks more and more like a child.The movie has Benjamin being born in 1918 in New Orleans as a wizened baby who is literally thrown away by his father and lands on the steps of an old-age home where he is taken in by one of the attendants and raised as her own.The old age home is a clever device ¿ who would question an old man there, even if he acted like a three year old, which he did, since the movie version has Benjamin born as a child physically and mentally. That works until until dementia sets in when he looks about 12 years old. Then the script picks up the book¿s version of his regressing intellect & knowledge.The love story that is central to the movie version is completely an invention of the screenwriter, and is completely opposite to what happens in the book.And the movie version made the elder Mr. Button¿s fortune the result of buttons, rather than hardware. You decide if that clever or if it¿s cheesy. I rather liked it. After all, the whole story is a fantasy.Differences aside, I greatly enjoyed the movie and much of my enjoyment came from the period sets throughout the twentieth century. Some critics make the charge
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