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The Curious Case of Benjamin Button by F. Scott Fitzgerald

I had absolutely no idea that Fitzgerald wrote this story. It was quite charming. The edition I bought had the original short story and the screenplay for the movie with Brad Pitt (::le sigh::). I can honestly say that I like the short story better. I am often reminded of the line from Amadeus when the Emperor was asked how he liked Mozart's opera. He replied, "Too many notes." The screenplay was good but sometimes simplicity is a more desired state.

Marvin's Room by Scott McPherson

This is another play (I seem to be in the mood for them). The story revolves around Bessie; a woman who has selflessly been caring for her father and aunt in their old age and infirmary. When she finds out she has leukemia she calls upon her estranged sister and the two nephews she's never met to hopefully test for a bone marrow match.

Interesting story but I think was expecting to be more engaged and touched than I was. I found it a bit too light yet it didn't have the humor it was billed as having. It was supposed to run a gamut of emotions yet seemed to fall a bit flat for me. The characters seemed a bit flat.

Now, before I condemn this play I will, of course concede to the fact that plays are, in fact meant to be viewed and not read. I plan on picking up Marvin's Room staring Diane Keaton and Meryl Streep before I render my final judgment. Maybe I just didn't read it properly.