The Cat’s Pajamas
Stories by Ray Bradbury
William Morrow, an Imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, 2004
Another wonderful collection of stories by the inimitable Ray Bradbury. Some were written many years ago, some written recently (with the publication date). As I usually do with short story collections, I will highlight my favorites!
Hail to the Chief – you know how Congress never gets anything done? What would you say if 13 Senators up and gambled away the United States? Well, I would say, at least they accomplished something! This story concerns a senatorial delegation who, in one drink and gambling filled night lost the country to a Native American Chief. The President’s reaction is laugh out loud funny! Great story. It would have made an excellent episode on The West Wing (one of mom’s fav all-time TV shows).
A Careful Man Dies – first-person story of a hemophiliac who goes to extreme lengths to evade the people set out to kill him.
The Cat’s Pajamas – the title story, about two strangers who fight over an abandoned kitten they find on the side of a road.
A Matter of Taste – humans invade another world; humans meet current world inhabitants; humans intimidated by other world inhabitant’s superior knowledge; humans really intimidated by what the other world inhabitants look like; humans do what they do best – destroy what they don’t understand.
I’ve read and reviewed a few of Bradbury’s many books – and have loved them all, albeit, some more than others. My favorites continue to be his other-world stories; sadly, there is only one in this collection (A Matter of Taste). But he does have the enviable ability to capture moments in people’s lives – quick snapshots that are full to the brim with meaning and wonder.
Rating 4 out of 5 paws – it might’ve been higher if there were more other world stories; however, an extra purr goes to the story of a kitten rescue and the humans who loved it.
Nothing to do with the book, but here are some cats in pajamas!