miércoles, 13 de agosto de 2014

The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde -- review

The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
Reviewed by Alex Canton-Dutari

When I first read The Picture of Dorian Gray some fifty years ago I thought that it was a simple plot of someone wanting to live forever and exchanging his soul for it. I even saw a screen production on TV a few years later and my perception was pretty much the same.
Nowadays I realized that ageing -- or the loss of youth -- is not only dictated only by physical decadence but quite influenced by human feelings.

No Time Like The Present by Nadine Gordimer -- a review

No Time Like The Present by Nadine Gordimer
Review by Alex Canton-Dutari

This book in particular was written after appartheid in South Africa, and it gives us good scope of a pre and post situation.
One aspect was to understand the difficulty of upholding the post-appartheid Constitution while respecting traditional tribal culture. The result, Ms Gordimer suggests, was that democracy with its corruption was now opened to blacks -- as if the human nature is the same.
Perhaps the most important message is that the road to commitment to a new phase in one's country is full of doubts.
The narrative is down-to earth and quite descriptive.