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The first short story in this collection threw me slightly as it was written in the voice of the time, an antique voice, but as I read on I realised this was deliberate and how skilfully the author has used a variety of voices to suit the date of each story. I particularly enjoyed the final story, with a contemporary setting and a voice that uses text messages and contemporary jargon. Other stories also stay to haunt me - including one set during the war when a French woman has an affair with a German, and one set after the war when a concierge thinks about missed opportunities in her own past and has a chance to help two estranged lovers find each other. The atmosphere of Paris permeates the collection, and the question of whether what has been lost can ever be found and if life gives us second chances. Sometimes when the characters get that second chance they no longer want it. I don't think I've ever seen a book change the narrative voice in keeping with the historic settings, and the various writing styles are authentic, especially in the first story which could easily have been written at that time.
I became absorbed in Paris Postcards. Each story was captivating in its own right - and the author’s writing style really made it all rattle along nicely. The variety of sentence length, the richness of descriptive passages - yet a wonderful concision and tautness in the story lines. Great editing. Great planning. It was a marvellous read.
Very charming stories, some that really brought back memories of Paris for me. Very clever structure and recurring characters, despite them being standalone stories. Definitely worth a read for anyone who loves this city.
Il libro e' un'antologia di storie successe a Parigi in vari periodi, ma ci sono intrecci e oggetti che si interconnettono dando l' impressione che la vita sia un puzzle straordinario e nostalgico. Bello.
Paris Postcards is a collection of 11 short stories set in Paris, with the central theme: a postcard. Each postcard in each story has a message – for good or bad. The stories span from 1925 to the present day, in a snapshot of history. They are all linked in some way, through time or character or place – but in a subtle way.
From a Russian Count in 1925 to a middle-aged woman in the present day, the stories are of young and old, Parisienne and foreign, and rich and poor. Hermione’s party in 1937, Lucienne in German Occupied Paris in 1943, Elodie and her son in 1963, Didier and Jules in 1997, Jeanne in 2000, Hank in 2006, and Li Ling and Christopher in the present day, it ends with a fifty-year-old divorced woman, off Citalopram for two months, visiting the bouquinistes along the river Seine with their old books and postcards.
The Blue Dress, February 2006, is my favourite story, and the shortest –Hank and his wife Lilian, who is ‘a little forgetful’ are in Paris for their wedding anniversary. She has a collection of vintage Valentine’s Day postcards.
There are various narrators – Andre, Daisy, Serge, George – and it is interesting to find the linkages and connections between stories. The stories are full of secrets and subterfuge, love and loss, and the search for a change of life and fortune. There is much hope, desire, and dreams in the streets of Paris. It’s an enjoyable read.
I have mixed feelings about this book. I enjoyed the stories that were before the 1990's. The language was eloquent, although there was subtle sexism included. At one point, we were told that "all women want to be possessed."
I tried to ignore that opinion, but of course I failed to do so. Perhaps this was, indeed, the opinion of that era. I wouldn't know. And, I found that I didn't want to know - either.
As far as the stories beyond the 1990's, they began to reflect the ignorant minds of more current times. I can't say that this was offensive, because I agree with it.
Too much truth, I guess. I won't hold this against the author, tho. These truths were well-written, just annoying to be reminded of how the human race thinks about women, and how ignorant people have become as time has passed.
I absolutely loved this book! I wish there were more short stories... but, it's best if they leave you wanting more! I love Paris very much and enjoyed picturing it during the different eras the stories were placed in. I also loved the way the author would return to a previous story with a new story piggy- backed from one from an earlier time. Worth reading!