We'll Always Have Paris
- HarperCollins Publishers
- Publication Date:
- 28 May 2009
- Classic Science Fiction
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Yet another excellent collection of stories from Ray Bradbury...several great ones, many good, only a couple of really weak ones and none that I would call bad (with the possible exception of "Pater Caninus"). From "The Reincarnate", about a man who rises from the grave and tries to pick up where he left off with his beloved ("Love depends on more than thought...because thought itself is built upon the senses"), to "A Literary Encounter" about a couple whose relationship reflects whatever he happens to be reading at the moment, these stories are brimming over with Bradbury's characteristic feeling and charm.But my favorite story here, and now one of my all-time favorites, is "Un-pillow Talk". It opens with a couple who've just made passionate love, but we soon learn that they've just been friends up to this point and now worry that this will ruin the really great friendship they've had. So the story mainly consists of them sort of retracing their relationship, trying to talk themselves back to where they were before they made this terrible mistake. The ending is so sweet and absolutely perfect and left me feeling good for days.I just picked this collection up from the public library, but I enjoyed it so much that I'm going to have to add it to my own personal library!
Of course we will always have Ray Bradbury! As long as children run to the sound of the carousel, and the circus parade; as long as dandelions still grow in our front lawns; as long as the call of the train or bright trails of rockets reach out to us across the miles, Ray will be with us. Whether, as in this collection of never before published stories, we walk the streets of Venice, Ca., or the rues de Paris, or discover the true nature of man's best friend or the truth in young love, we we can be sure that Ray's view of the ordinary will be just a bit extraordinary.
Late Bradbury, some nice stuff here but not his best. The story about the woman who goes to see the young man who got her son's heart donated was particularly good.
Some nice solid short stories in this collection from Ray Bradbury. I liked some more than others, but all were interesting and just very simply laid out. A quick read for sure. If you're a Bradbury fan to begin with, they will feel familiar and comfortable.
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