F Scott Fitzgerald’s short stories

I’ve just finished a book of short stories by F Scott Fitzgerald. They were quite good; Fitzgerald writes drunken flapper parties well, although he’s condescending as hell when he tries to tell the story of two working class soldiers.

One of the stories was The curious case of Benjamin Button. I haven’t seen the movie, but just watching the trailer I can tell it’s barely related to Fitzgerald’s short story. I enjoyed the story, for what it was; a farce of an idea played out, that leaves a sad note lingering, a reminder of the shortsightedness. A faint hint of what Kundera unpacks more fully in his novels.

The idea underlying the movie doesn’t seem unworkable; but it does seem a shame to stretch a short story to fit a different idea that’s really quite a separate one. Just for the association with Fitzgerald?


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