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2.0 out of 5 stars Inventory for the clearance-sale bin, 22 Nov 2009
This review is from: We'll Always Have Paris: Stories (Paperback)
WE'LL ALWAYS HAVE PARIS is described on the dust-jacket as "a new collection of never-before-published stories ... with prose that soars and sings." Puhleeze! This volume should never have gone to print. It's composed of short stories - some very short - that author Ray Bradbury perhaps culled from yellowed composition books surviving from high school and/or college days (Writing Skills 1A).

The twenty-two offerings in this book generally run the gamut from amateurish ("Ma Perkins Comes to Stay") to incomprehensible ("Doubles" and "Miss Appletree and I") to just plain stupid ("Pater Caninus"). For me, most of them fell into the Why Bother? category. The one stab at science fiction, "Fly Away Home", while containing a good concept at its core, is hopelessly outdated. Only one, "Arrival and Departure", is passably intriguing (3 stars). In it, an aged couple discovers that the monotonous comfort and familiarity that derive from forty-five years of marriage are not easily displaced.

Famous and accomplished authors should resist the pressure from publishers to trot-out old jottings for the purpose of milking the reading public for a few more dollars.

You know those bins at the used-book stores marked "3 for $1"? WE'LL ALWAYS HAVE PARIS is best lumped there with the other bookshelf residue.
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Initial post: 11 Dec 2010 13:49:09 GMT
I'd have to agree. I bought this three years ago and it's not a favourite of mine, even though I am a diehard Ray Bradbury fan and own (I think) almost every story he's written. I read all of it when I got it, but, looking back, I haven't read it again since and have forgotten almost all of the stories contained in it, they made that strong an impact on me!
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