The Curious Case of Benjamin Button by F. Scott Fitzgerald / Learn English AudioBook and eBook

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Author: F. Scott Fitzgerald

A man, “born under unusual circumstances,” ages backwards, through a life that is as unusual as could be.

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PUBLISHED: 1922 / 33 Pages

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who were unfailingly polite racked their brains for compliments to give to the parents–and finally hit upon the ingenious device of declaring that the baby resembled his grandfather, a fact which, due to the standard state of decay common to all men of seventy, could not be denied. Mr. and Mrs. Roger Button were not pleased, and Benjamin’s grandfather was furiously insulted.

Benjamin, once he left the hospital, took life as he found it. Several small boys were brought to see him, and he spent a stiff-jointed afternoon trying to work up an interest in tops and marbles–he even managed, quite accidentally, to break a kitchen window with a stone from a sling shot, a feat which secretly delighted his father.

Thereafter Benjamin contrived to break something every day, but he did these things only because they were expected of him, and because he was by nature obliging.

When his grandfather’s initial antagonism wore off, Benjamin and that gentleman took enormous pleasure in one another’s

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