The Perfect Wave, a short story

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All she wanted was a quiet corner in which to read her book while the storm raged outside. But Jack had other ideas. He had a story to tell, of love and laughter and the power of memory, and she couldn't help but listen.
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Words: 2,150
Language: English
ISBN: 9781476410951
About Paris Franz

Paris Franz is a writer, photographer and traveller based in London.

A historian and archaeologist by training, she has turned her passion for the stories of the past, along with the tribulations that have come from being so oddly named, into inspiration for her own storytelling.

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Review by: Corbitt Nesta on April 17, 2012 :
Here’s a short cautionary tale with an atmosphere and characters reminiscent of Somerset Maugham’s expat/steamy island stories. Though the tale gets off to a slowish start, we’re soon introduced to the two perfectly balanced main characters. Matthew is a part of his environment, generous, energetic, sensitive. Jack, just the opposite, is a surfer, a teacher who gave up, a wanderer, a barfly and a drunk. Irascible on the surface, Jack wants to tell his story, and it is, as we guessed, a sad one. The author’s juxtaposition of Matthew and Jack is masterful, though in this very short story, there are other characters, just as economically drawn. The narrator, as melancholic as her Thomas Hardy novel, mirrors the mood of the claustrophobic bar and Jack’s quest for the perfect wave, and for his dead wife. The tropical storm, itself a character, passes over the island. The narrator takes heed.

Paris Franz is a young writer whose future is assured. We’ll look forward to her novel.
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Review by: Corbitt Nesta on April 17, 2012 : (no rating)
Here’s a short cautionary tale with an atmosphere and characters reminiscent of Somerset Maugham’s expat/steamy island stories. Though the tale gets off to a slowish start, we’re soon introduced to the two perfectly balanced main characters. Matthew is a part of his environment, generous, energetic, sensitive. Jack, just the opposite, is a surfer, a teacher who gave up, a wanderer, a barfly and a drunk. Irascible on the surface, Jack wants to tell his story, and it is, as we guessed, a sad one. The author’s juxtaposition of Matthew and Jack is masterful, though in this very short story, there are other characters, just as economically drawn. The narrator, as melancholic as her Thomas Hardy novel, mirrors the mood of the claustrophobic bar and Jack’s quest for the perfect wave, and for his dead wife. The tropical storm, itself a character, passes over the island. The narrator takes heed.

Paris Franz is a young writer whose future is assured. We’ll look forward to her novel.
(review of free book)

Review by: Iain Manson on April 11, 2012 :
A beautiful story. A touch of Raymond Carver, perhaps? A dash of Hemingway? I'd say more, but the story says it all.
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