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Harables: Short Stories 2 by Haidji

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Haidji, Harables: Short Stories 2, fiction, short stories, book review, On My Kindle Book Reviews

Source: I received a free paperback copy of this book with the option of leaving an honest review.
Genre: Fiction, Short Stories
Format: eBook, Print
Publication Date: October 22, 2016

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Haidji, author of SG Suicide Game, Life into Mist, Fancy & Adriaan, Harables - Short Stories 1 and Ines' Words now brings us Harables - Short Stories 2, with fifteen new stories. Each story showcases Haidji's unique voice and imagery, including "The Gondola Walker," "Lob's Castle," "The Blue Spot," "Final Destination" and "Candles." True to Haidji's form, this book is beautiful and magical. You'll want to read each story more than once, to uncover all Haidji's meanings. Entering Haidji's world, you will find hope, love and wonderful mysteries.

Review

Artistic, intensely creative, and filled with imagery, everyone who read this book will find at least one or two stories that speak to them! 

There were two stories, in particular, that spoke to me, and I'd like to share them with you:

"The Dress"

When Andrea, a starving designer, creates a dress inspired by a dream, she makes two of the same dress: one for her friend, Samantha, and one to sell. While Andrea created the dress for Samantha out of friendship, she hopes that Samantha will show her appreciation for the gift by inviting Andrea to a prize ceremony. However, Samantha doesn't appreciate Andrea's efforts and decides to attend the ceremony with someone else.

What Samantha doesn't know is that Andrea sold the second dress and the grateful customer gave her an invitation to the ceremony. At the ceremony, the two friends cross paths; Andrea realizes that Samantha doesn't value her work and Samantha realizes that she has greatly underestimated the value of the dress that Andrea gave to her.

"The Dress" really resonated with me because it demonstrates how much time and effort artists, like indie authors or bloggers, invest in their work and how their efforts are often dismissed or taken for granted.

"Lobs' Castle"

Using the sand from a beach still marred by a recent oil spill, a little girl creates a sandcastle; only to have her efforts destroyed by a careless little boy.

Discouraged, but unwilling to give up on her creation, the girl focuses on rebuilding what was lost. As she rebuilds, passersby harshly critque her unfinished work. Ignoring their critques, she continues her solitary efforts to rebuild her castle.

Another boy observes her efforts and offers to help. She gladly accepts his assistance and the two diligently finish the castle of her dreams. Once it is finished, her former critics are moved by the castle's beauty.

"Lobs' Castle" really spoke to me because rebuilding a dream, or even my life, is something that I can relate to. It is a beautifully told story that encourages people to persevere and assures them that the universe will provide them with the means they need to help realize their dreams. 

The stories read like narrative, carpe diem, and free verse poetry with thought-provoking and practical lessons carefully woven into the plots. Some stories are filled with child-like whimsy while others have tragic undertones. Haidji helps readers to navigate through amazing settings and emotional roller coaster rides with her wonderful gift of creative prose and pragmatism.

Readers will find themselves drawn immersed in unique, vivid, and wondrous landscapes with a variety of characters who range from playful to wise and serious. Each character is loveable in her/his own way and one has only to turn the page to discover a new adventure.

Definitely a must-have for poetry fans and aspiring poets alike!

About Haidji

Haidji, Harables: Short Stories 2, Harables, On My Kindle Book Reviews
Haidji, author. Courtesy of Goodreads.
just... Haidji Her interest in art began at the age of four when she got a blackboard for Christmas. She then started to draw objects around the house: chairs, tables, and so on. As she was 12 she started to write her stories and poems. Handwritten and hand painted books for family and friends. Her University education was at the University of Applied Science at Idar-Oberstein, Germany, where she obtained a Diploma (equivalent to a Master's Degree) in Jewelry and Precious Stones Design, and Painting. She is also a qualified Goldsmith.

Haidji is a talented and creative artist who produces abstract work that resonates with warmth and life. Her stories create images in the reader’s mind, as would a word be a brushstroke painting inside your imagination.

There is a very spiritual feel to her work, almost an otherworldliness.

A captiving blend of Brazilian flair, Teutonic precision and Dutch pragmatism makes Haidji's work unique, appealing and thought-provoking. Since 1995 Haidji has exhibited her work, realised her projects and told her stories in many countries: Germany, Brazil, Italy, Holland, Switzerland, England, Portugal, Spain, South Africa, Australia, and the United States...

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Which stories from Harables 2 are your favorites? Let us know in the comments!