By Haidji 


Harables: Short Stories 1 (Volume 1)  Eighteen short stories for the young adult reader. I would recommend this book to young girls between twelve and sixteen.
After reading the reviews on GoodReads it seems she has a slightly broader audience than just teenage girls. I stand by my recommendation because I feel that is her niche.

Let's sample, The Crystal Girl.

From the book: The sun reflected over the beach sand on this late spring afternoon, while Clare was walking over the sand, holding a crystal in her hands.
Blonde hair, brown eyes, pale skin.  

That excerpt from the story is the opening paragraph of The Crystal Girl.  My daughter read it and immediately created a scene in her mind with her fertile imagination.  As an adult reader, I wanted more description of the scene. 

Harables is an inspiring, blossoming book for a young mind. It tackles subjects that many teens face like being transferred to The New School. Another story that responds to the imaginative young reader. 

This book has the voice of spirited youth, enjoy. 

Next Post 05/26/2017

Harables  ( Volume Two)

The Death of Artemio Cruz


By Carlos Fuentes

The The Death of Artemio Cruz  is a Latin American Classic that crosses borders of status, nationality, and cleverly mixes through brilliant writing a blend of the first person voice with alternating, second and third person voices to build a story that has no plot. Right from the beginning you know what has happened. Mr Cruz is dying. What Fuentes builds through a change of voice is a character devolving under his own consciousness and actions taken throughout his life.  
Rating: Five Full Sails

Carlos Fuentes, Wikipedia Biography  was heavily influenced by the movie Citizen Kane, which he first viewed at the age of ten and acknowledged, in interviews, that he saw the movie several times throughout his life, leaving an indelible impression on him as a person and as a writer. The parallels of Artemio Cruz and Citizen Kane are clear.

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HARABLES Book One Short Stories
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Other resources

Spanish Version
La Muerte de Artemio Cruz (Spanish Edition)

English Version
The Death of Artemio Cruz

Harold Bloom: Critical Interpretations

Carlos Fuentes' the Death of Artemio Cruz (Bloom's Modern Critical Interpretations (Hardcover))

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