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But all is not lost in this powerful, poetic and beautifully written story. The reader is transported into the future where the author creatively and artistically links both worlds between the life of an ordinary woman, Mariana, with the eternal love of Inês and Pedro. To say any more would be giving spoilers away, so you’ll just have to turn the pages for yourself to find out!
Author, Haidji, writes with a delicate and imaginative touch. The story was elegantly rendered, beautifully drawn, lyrical and yet thought-provoking. Ines' Words unfurls in small acts, at first feeling slight to touch, then building in emotional substance. Into the spaces between the words, the author breathes a pulsating intensity that rolls between the old and new worlds.
This book with take you on a mesmerizing journey that will stay with you long after you have turned the last page. A book which has been beautifully written and is ultimately a book you simply can’t put down. I, for one, feel all the richer for having read it. There’s no doubt that this author is uniquely talented and I’ll be looking forward to reading more from her in the future.
The prose of the dream-like book feels arty, historical and exotic; the periodic mention of an iPhone is purposely jarring, a machine that has no business in the fanciful longings of the transplanted Mariana. (My favorite line of the book: Cruel the world in which she lived. Where everything seemed to be more important than love.)
Haidji writes scenes that feel more like memories, snapshots of a time and place rather than a normal timeline. She intertwines the inward-looking journey of Mariana with thoughtful, heartfelt poems that manage to carry the narrative forward and provide context.
This is a short but affecting tale, not one I would normally read, but one I’m glad I took the time to check out.
The first thing that struck me about Ines’ Words was the historical perspective given at the beginning of the book. The author, Haidji, obviously did extensive research to be historically correct and to allow us to learn from the past. It is unique and a refreshing, genuine approach.
In the past, specifically in Portugal in the 1300’s we are told about the royal family’s intrigues and the murder of an innocent victim.
We meet another version of Romeo and Juliet where Pedro (King D Pedro 1) meets Ines who is “the lady in waiting” for Constance his wife through an arranged marriage. The problem is Pedro has fallen deeply in love with “the beautiful Ines” and ignores his new wife. This infuriates his father King Afonso IV who first exiles Ignes and then orders her murder. Then comes revenge and so much more.
We are then transported into the future to 2020 and the rest is an exciting love story and history. And everlasting love.
You will love this book and emerge treasuring both poetry and prose, the past and the future. 5 Stars!
Using her talent for elegant prose, Haidji retells the story of Ines and King Pedro while artfully connecting the past and present as the protagonist, Mariana, is inexplicably drawn towards places from Ines' world. Haunting, beautiful and tragic, the echoes of Ines' and King Pedro's love whisper to Mariana and draw her into a dreamlike state as she relives Ines' memories.
Haidji has taken a legend and put a unique spin on it using her brand of lyrical prose to create a timeless work that captures the essence of Ines' and King Pedro's legendary and timeless love.