We'll Always Have Paris: Stories

We'll Always Have Paris: Stories

Ray Bradbury

Language: English

Published: Apr 23, 2013

Words: 40247
Pages: 174


Over the course of a storied literary career that has spanned more than half a century, Ray Bradbury has taken us to wonderful places: across vast oceans to foreign lands, onto summer porches of small-town America, through dark and dangerous forests where predators wait, into the hypnotic mists of dream, back to a halcyon past to remember, forward into an exhilarating future, and rocketing through outer space. In *We'll Always Have Paris*—a new collection of never-before-published stories—the inimitable Bradbury once again does what few writers have ever done as well. He delights us with prose that soars and sings. He surprises and inspires, exposing truths and provoking deep thought. 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. In these pages, radio voices become indomitable flesh and the dead arise to recapture life. There is joy in an eccentric old man's dance for the world and wonder over the workings of humankind's best friend, O Holy Dog. 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. Get ready to travel far and wide once again with America's preeminent storyteller. His tales will live forever. We will always have Bradbury—and for that reason, we are eternally blessed. ** ### From School Library Journal Adult/High School—Renowned for his numerous novels and short-story collections, Bradbury has once again created a book that will both entertain and stretch readers' imaginations. Never before published, these 22 selections explore the extraordinary experiences of ordinary people. The author's talent for devising eerie and emotionally moving plots is evident in "The Reincarnate," in which a dead man attempts to reunite with his wife but discovers that he cannot recapture the past, and in "When the Bough Breaks," in which the ghostly cry of an unknown baby challenges a couple's decision not to have children. Much more than traditional science fiction, the collection contains a variety of other genres including chilling psychological thrillers such as "The Murder" and "Ma Perkins Comes to Stay," and bittersweet romances such as "We'll Always Have Paris" and "Doubles." Short-story fans will revel in this superb compilation, which elicits quick yet powerful emotions. Teens who appreciate unique, well-crafted tales will enjoy it. English and literature teachers will find a wealth of instructional opportunities in this book, either as a stand-alone collection or as a companion to Bradbury's other works or the collections of other authors. This is a must-have for short story collections and any school library in which Bradbury is part of the curriculum.—*Lynn Rashid, Marriots Ridge High School, Marriotsville, MD* Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. ### From Booklist In a career spanning 60-plus years, dozens of story collections, and classic novels such as Fahrenheit 451, Bradbury has proven to be a seemingly inexhaustible font of ideas. While many of these never-before-published tales have the feel of dusted-off sketches, the vast majority are happily recovered gems that once again showcase Bradbury’s versatile imagination. “Massinello Pietro” recounts the fate of a noisy shopkeeper whose neighbors don’t realize how much they need him until he is jailed as a public nuisance. In “A Literary Encounter,” a bibliophile adjusts his relationship to his wife according to the style of the author he is currently reading. The title piece describes a curious romantic encounter its married narrator has with a stranger one night on the streets of Paris. Perhaps the volume’s standout, however, is “Fly Away Home,” a story about the loneliness encountered by Mars’ first astronauts that could have easily been an outtake from The Martian Chronicles. Bradbury fans can only hope there are more like it still in his archives. --Carl Hays