The Crabian Heart is yet another great read from Erik Hofstatter, continuing his fine form from after last years excellent novella, Rare Breeds. Hofstatter tugs at the heart-strings in a quite unusual way with this tale of love that features an organic couple of characters in mother, Irena and son, Ales-both refugees living an unstable life, drifting helplessly from one place to the next. The seaside setting of Dover is an excellent choice for this tale of young Ales’ encounter with a strange girl whilst walking on the beach one day.
Hofstatter expertly weaves together this unusual tale that is often touching whilst at other times creepy. Danger lurks around every corner it seems for our young protagonist, yet there is a naive innocence to Ales that you cannot help but become attached to. I remember my first love very well and I easily connected with Ales’ and his blossoming infatuation with the strange girl.
The story itself is only brief and yet Hofstatter still manages to make you feel something. It is a skill that few can achieve in such a short amount of time. The Crabian Heart is a story I definitely recommend you read. If you’re not familiar with Erik’s writing then this tale will leave you wanting to find out much more from this talented writer. The book also features another short story called Fountain of Drowned Memories which is a sad tale about a mans battle with dementia. I read this one previously and it is also very good.
I wish more people knew about Erik Hofstatter. His work is anything but predictable and his stories are always a joy to read.
5/5 crustaceans from the Grim Reader.
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