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Paris Tales

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If you've never been to Paris, here is your chance to experience it; if you have been there, here is your chance to return. Paris Tales is a highly evocative collection of stories by French and Francophone writers who have been inspired by the mystery and charm of different locations in this most visited of capital cities. The twenty-two stories-- by well-known writers inc...more
Paperback, 256 pages
Published December 9th 2004 by Oxford University Press, USA (first published January 1st 2004)
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Wonderful collection of stories, I read this while in Paris which made it even that much better :) I loved that is wasn't filled with ALL cheerful stories, Paris isn't always a magical city of romance and happy times. This book showed the other sides of Paris!
Its very French, no its very Parisian. Avant guard, quirky little stories translated from french to english about that most wonderful city. Some of the stories were odd but thats the beauty of short stories. Recommended
Apr 06, 2010 Amy rated it 1 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: literary people who appreciate dreary well-written stories in translation
Recommended to Amy by: suggested reading by EF Tours for high school trip to France
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I wanted to like this collection of short stories, I really did. I wanted the essence of Paris, but by and large these stories were dark, dreary, sexually-charged, or all three. Is that what Paris really is? Is that all it is? Isn't there any joy or hope there? Could Helen Constantine (the translator of all the stories, and the compiler of this collection) not have noticed that every single story is so depressing? Didn't she care?

The first story, by Guy de Maupassant, Nightmare: a...more
Like so many collections, this was incredibly uneven. I like a good short story, but, for me, essay and short story collections just aren’t worth the reading time investment for the few good ones, especially in translation. However, despite my general reservations about collections, I had high hopes for this one because of the Paris setting, but there were very few stories that provided a real sense of place, notably “Montmartre Cemetery” by Colette, “The Adventure” by Cyrille Fleischman, and ma...more
Very nice collection of stories about France, Paris particularly. I loved the 2 by Guy de Maupassant, and I will have to look up more of his work. Lovely little book.
Gene Lecouteur
I did not enjoy it as much as I expected. But it was cheaper than a trip to Paris so well worth the time. I found the more modern stories most compelling.
Nicely written short stories collection - a gift from a friend as I anticipated my first paris vacation.
A great book to savor small bits of Paris in various times and places.
a mixed bag. Some very good others not so
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