I've Seen You

A Collection of Short Stories

Non-Fiction - Short Story/Novela
86 Pages
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Reviewed by Deborah Lloyd for Readers' Favorite

Eight poignant short stories are set in the small town of Treviso, in northern Italy, near Venice. The author describes this charming town as being beautiful, with a high quality of life. It is filled with ancient buildings and surrounded by a medieval wall. In a similar manner, the stories are delightful, filled with ancient wisdom and faith. In I’ve Seen You: A Collection of Short Stories, written by Luca Favaro, the stories are inspirational and thought-provoking. Beginning with the musings of a healthcare worker sharing stories of his elderly patients and their wise perspectives on life, each story is touching. The themes of love and service to others and deep faith are interwoven throughout each one. While there are many references to the Catholic religion, many insights are related to God and are available to anyone who believes in a Higher Power. One of the last stories is focused on the power of forgiveness; it is moving, and perhaps the most unforgettable story in the entire collection.

The author is a highly skilled and creative writer as he is able to describe characters and settings in a small amount of text. Although the setting is a small town in Italy, each story has a unique focus and message; no two are alike. Author Luca Favaro has crafted an impressive compilation of interesting works in I’ve Seen You: A Collection of Short Stories. The reader is engaged from the introductory section until the last story, I’ve Seen You. This lovely book is truly enriching!

Sarah Rollins

I’ve Seen You by Luca Favaro is a spiritual, heart-warming, comforting collection of short stories that will touch the soul and leave you breathless. This is not an extensive collection. In fact, the entire collection can possibly be read in one sitting. Luca Favaro, the author, is from an Italian town, near the heart of Venice, called Treviso. This quaint, local but tourist frequented town forms the base for his stories, and this is what gives his prose such beautiful context and flavour. I’ve Seen You is one of the last stories, and I can see why he chose this one for the title of his collection. It was definitely one of my favourite stories, although one would find the choice difficult.

Luca Favaro is clearly a very passionate writer, and I was interested to see that English is not his first language. Yet the writing style is almost magical as he draws you into each story and touches your heart with the characters and the plot, leaving you wanting more, and turning to the next story to see what he brings out next. I truly hope that I’ve Seen You is the first of many short story collections, as I can see this author gathering a loyal following. The theme is religious, spiritual, and surrounding honest and transparent love; however, I can see that his stories will resonate with many readers and I honestly hope that he generates a broader following across his readership community. Highly recommended read for anyone who loves short stories –whether you read in one sitting or several. Thank you, Luca Favaro.

Bruce Arrington

I've Seen You: A Collection of Short Stories by Luca Favaro is a collection of eight short stories/reflections, some based on a true experience and others based on a heightened emotional or religious experience. The book is based on Luca’s life experiences, including his difficult relationship with his father, other family members and his sense of self-worth. This is one of the most honest and raw types of self-reflection that I’ve ever read. You can sense the almost insurmountable feelings of little self-worth, of being a castaway in society. Yet there always seems to be a gleam of hope, mostly in what God his Father provides for him that others either cannot, or refuse to do.

I appreciated the author’s love for his land. He demonstrates great pride in living where he does. What I also find intriguing is that the author himself is a gentle and kind person by the way he often gives to others, but his emotional state is often polarized by his low sense of self-worth. It swings like a pendulum, but more often in the negative direction. I sense he is a strong introvert in that he often needs to get away and recharge, yet he seems to see this as a part of his weakness as well. I've Seen You: A Collection of Short Stories by Luca Favaro is certainly not for every reader. Adults (18+) definitely, and perhaps those going through struggles with their relationships. This short book can be helpful for readers to get a glimpse of life from a point of view not entirely unlike their own.

Barbara Fanson

I’ve Seen You is a collection of short stories by author Luca Favaro. This book was written in his hometown of Treviso, which is half an hour from Venice. One story, The Face of Loneliness, compares several aging women, their needs, and opinions on death. As a healthcare worker, author Luca visited these women frequently and was often their confidant. Each had a family but were living alone and facing loneliness. In the end, the only way to deal with loneliness is to share it. Readers will be surprised with the ending of The Last Letter, one of the stories in the collection. The story is moving and may bring a tear to a few eyes, but their emotions will change to happiness with the ending. With the story Lovers, it’s obvious that author Luca Favaro is expressive and a wonderful storyteller. He is obviously a very caring and sensitive person with many stories to share.

I’ve Seen You is an anthology of short stories written by a healthcare worker who worked in a seniors’ facility in Italy for several years. Favaro provides insight into the lives of seniors and shares interesting stories of loneliness, suicide, and love at an advanced age. Although anyone could read this book, I think that mature readers can relate to the stories and understand the true meaning of each one. In The Big Answer, Favaro questions why a nine-year-old would get cancer and why did she have to die? The outcome is very moving, but you’ll have to read it for yourself to find out “The Big Answer.” Favaro writes of The Teacher, who had mood swings and was unpredictable so that it may remind you of someone. But, he taught Favaro how to see with his eyes closed.