Stories of love and loss

Like and Decline, edited by Renee Hollis, is the latest volume in Exisle Publishing’s ‘Timeless Wisdom’ collection.

‘Hunadi: a Hlabirwa’ by Pheladi Makgeru is the standout tale. It is instructed from the place of view of a South African girl tending her back garden on the outskirts of a village ‘in semi-arid land where by it rarely rains but when it does, disaster follows’. Calamity comes to her just before the story’s near, when we uncover the basis of her claim that she is a gardener much more common with decline than development.

Other tales in the assortment evoke far more urbane domestic scenes from South Africa, England, Australia, New Zealand and Croatia.

From the British isles, Angela Pritchard’s “Billy”, signifies a nurse’s recollection of an industrial incident and the vigil of a mom at the bedside of her dying son.

Far more on the issue of love than loss, Alison Giles’ ‘A ball of wool’ offers a tender reconstruction, from photographs, of the life of her industrious Slavic mom-in-regulation.

The book is sprinkled with quotations, some from ancient notables this kind of as Lao Tzu, or extra up to date luminaries these as John Lennon, or anonymous sayings in the type of greeting cards: ‘I can wipe away the tears from my eyes. But… I simply cannot wipe absent the suffering in my heart’.

The tales are all of common everyday living many are entertaining, some enlighten, even inspire other individuals are plain normal. Some glance again in sweetness and regret, even though other folks phase tremulously into a long run of declining electric power that any of us ironically could possibly a person working day really feel blessed to encounter.

The writers had been subscribed through an worldwide competition held by Exisle Publishing to accumulate existence crafting kind people today aged 65 and above.

The end result is an anthology of variable quality but an accessible browse for people of all ages. 

Thea Calzoni is a member of the committee of administration of the Victorian Advocacy League for Men and women with a Incapacity (Legitimate). You can follow Thea on Twitter @Calzonit.

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