Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Benjamin Button & Shakespeare

We're planning to see the film Benjamin Button on Christmas morning. When my S.O. mentioned that it was based on an F. Scott Fitzgerald short story, I was surprised. I didn't remember it, but there it was, just four feet away in a volume of his short works that I picked up at a book fair for a dollar. When I think of F. Scott's short stories, Bernice Bobs her Hair pops into my head.

Years ago I gave a Christmas gift of an audio book (Fitzgerald's flapper stories) to a confirmed non-reader. She drove a lot, alone in the car. After many months she mentioned the stories to me. "I lost interest every time I tried to listen. It seemed old fashioned or something... I thought how boring -- then one day I listened to it and realized the stories were fascinating!"

Christmas 1999 ~ I receive a book of words.

and phrases

Coined by Shakespeare. A nifty little book.


R.L. Bourges said...

A book of words strikes me as the finest of gifts imaginable.

Happy Holidays.

R.L. Bourges said...

You just determined my reading for tomorrow's day off - Benjamin Button sounds right up my alley !

Pleasant reading to you.

Kurt said...

How gratifying that someone you gave a book to read and enjoyed it. That's rare.

tut-tut said...

That does look like a nifty little book.

Hey, is that a record there?

Follow up with a review of the movie, won't you?

Alan Smithee said...

Alam Smithee is afraid this film will be something like Forrest Gump (1994).

Avid Reader said...


It's a record on an old broken child's wind up player from the 1920's. All it needs is a new horn, a new crank, a new arm and stylus, and a spring wound motor--as in the old sewing machines-- and it could play the record.

My Classic Fiction Book List -Partial List

  • Austen, Jane: (Complete Works)
  • Balzac: Cousin Bette/ Eugenie Grandet / Cousin Pons
  • Best Russian Short Stories
  • Boyle, TC: Short Works
  • Brennan, Maeve : Short Works, 1 Novella
  • Bronte, Emily, Ann, Jane (Complete Works)
  • Brookner, Anita ( Complete Works)
  • Cather, Willa (Complete Works)
  • Chekov: Short Works
  • David Copperfield (Dickens)
  • Dickens:A Tale of Two Cities
  • Dickens:Great Expectations
  • Dickens:Nicholas Nickelby
  • Dickens:Our Mutual Friend
  • Dickens:The Old Curiosity Shop
  • Doyle, Roddy (some novels, memoir)
  • Drabble, Margaret (4 Novels)
  • Drieser, Theodore (Complete Works)
  • Fitzgerald, F.Scott (Most Novels & short works)
  • Hardy, Thomas (Complete Works)
  • Hemingway, Short stories
  • Hemingway: The Old Man in the Sea
  • Hemingway: The Sun Also Rises
  • Hugo: Les Miserables/Hunchback Of ND
  • James, Henry: Daisy Miller
  • James, Henry: In The Cage
  • James, Henry: Portrait of a Lady
  • James, Henry: The Golden Bowl
  • James, Henry: What Maisy Knew
  • James, Henry: Wings of a Dove
  • James, Henry:The Ambassadors
  • James, Henry; The Bostonians
  • Kerouac: Dharma Bums
  • Kerouac: On The Road
  • Kerouac: The Subterraneans
  • Kerouac: Tristessa
  • Lardner,Ring:Short Works
  • Larsen: Quicksand
  • Lewis, Sinclair: Arrowsmith
  • Lewis, Sinclair: Free Air
  • Lewis, Sinclair: Main Street
  • Lewis, Sinclair: The Job
  • MacGill, Patrick (Complete works)
  • Mackin, Walter (novels)
  • Maupassant: Short Works, novels
  • McGahern, John (novels of)
  • McNulty, John (Short Works)
  • Norris, Frank: McTeague
  • O'Brien, Edna (3 Novels)
  • O'Donnell, Paeder : Novels of
  • O. Henry
  • Potok, Chaim (4 novels/1 non fiction)
  • Salinger, JD : Nine Stories
  • Salinger: Franny & Zooey
  • Salinger: Raise High the Roofbeams
  • Salinger: The Catcher in the Rye
  • Sinclair, Lewis: Dodsworth
  • Sinclair, Lewis: Elmer Gantry
  • Sinclair, Upton: King Coal
  • Sinclair, Upton: The Jungle
  • Steinbeck, John: Sweet Thursday
  • Steinbeck: Winter of our Discontent
  • Steinbeck: Cannery Row
  • Steinbeck: East of Eden
  • Steinbeck: The Grapes of Wrath
  • Theroux, Paul (3 Novels )
  • Toibin, Colm: (Novels of)
  • Tolstoy: Anna Karenina
  • Tolstoy: Short Works
  • Turgenev (2 novels)
  • Twain: T Sawyer, Life on the Mississippi
  • Vonnegut: Early Works (1950s-60s)
  • Wharton, Edith: Novels of/Short Stories
  • Women & Fiction (Edit. Cahill)
  • Zola, Emile ( 10 novels)