We’ll Always Have Paris by Ray Bradbury
Voyager (paperback), 2009
WHAT IT’S ABOUT
In “We’ll Always Have Paris”–a new collection of stories gathered together for the first time–the inimitable Ray Bradbury once again delights us with prose that soars and sings. He imagines great things and poignantly observes human foibles and frailties. He enchants us with the magic he mastered decades ago and still performs flawlessly. Whether he’s exploring the myriad ways to be reborn, or the circumstances that can make any man a killer, or returning us to Mars, Bradbury opens the world to us and beckons us in. His tales will live forever–we will always have Bradbury.
He fed the canaries and the geese and the dogs and the cats. Then he cranked up the rusty photograph and sang to the hissing ‘Tales from the Vienna Woods’:
Life goes up, life goes down
But please smile, do not sigh, do now frown!
WHAT I THOUGHT
I’m a big fan of Ray Bradbury. I’ve always enjoyed his short fiction. His novel, Fahrenheit 451 is one of my favourites. I have a few books of his in my collection I’ve never gotten round to reading.
I thought We’ll Always Have Paris, Bradbury’s last collection was very good though never quite reaches the standards of his other collections. The stories are all very enjoyable and instantly recognisable as the work of Bradbury. There’s something about his stories I find very pleasant and comforting – like wrapping yourself in a favourite chunky jumper. We’ll Always Have Paris contains a good range of stories that cover a diverse array of subjects. There’s something for everything between these pages. My personal favourites were The Murder, When The Bough Breaks, We’ll Always Have Paris, Doubles, Last Laughs and Fly Away Home.
I’d recommend We’ll Always Have Paris for fans of short stories and Bradbury.