Strange Tale
As you all know, this is now a major motion picture. I haven’t seen it yet but wanted to read the original story first. It is a very short story, all of 5 pages of fairly large print.
Fitzgerald said, “I shall tell you what occurred, and let you judge for yourself.” The day Benjamin was born his father, Roger was so excited and proud. It was his first child after all! He rushed to the hospital. First he ran into the doctor and asked if the child was a boy or girl. The doctor was very irritable an left in a huff. Roger went up stairs and asked the nurse the sex of the baby. The poor nurse was tongue-tied, she didn’t know what to say.
Benjamin was a son, but not at all what Roger or anyone expected. He was born an old man. A crotchety one at that.
This is quite a diversion from Fitzgerald’s Great Gatsby. It’s quite peculiar but I think it is partially a story about acceptance and tolerance.
I have heard that the movie is much different from the story. Actually it would have to be, to go from a five page story to an almost three hour movie. I look forward to seeing the movie and as, F. Scott Fitzgerald suggested, judge for myself.
Though I enjoyed the story, I would have liked it more developed. I like something I can really sink my eyes into.
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