Haji's Exile - Alan Chin 4.5 starsBoth the horse Haji and his handler, Yousef are the most exotic things Nathan has ever seen, and both teach him something about himself, and life in general. Told in retrospective from Nathan's old age, this short story is brimming with wonderfully drawn word pictures. Set before the background of a horse ranch, it transports a precise sense of place and atmosphere. Nathan, the first person narrator, comes vividly alive on the pages while Yousef always remains what he turns out to be to Nathan, a stranger with foreign habits and barely understandable demeanour. A melancholic, sad glimpse at a few, yet obviously forming weeks in the life of a young man. Recommended. (DSP Bittersweet Line: no traditional HEA)