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Book Review: The Picture of Dorian Gray

March 20, 2007
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 Review by Alberto Pérez Meléndez

doriangray.jpg “There is not such thing as a moral or an immoral book, books are well written or badly written, that’s all”. This is one of the most famous quotes by Oscar Wilde.

Wilde, artist and Irishman was also a gentleman. He started his career working on a newspaper “Lady’s world”. Then on June 1890 The Picture of Dorian Gray was published as the lead story of a Philadelphian monthly newspaper. However, a year later, he enriched the novel with a new version so the first thirteen chapters became twenty, providing also more details on the characters, the main changes were done on male characters. Leer más »

Book Review: Changing Places by David Lodge

March 15, 2007
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 Review by  Paola Sancho García  

changing-places.jpgChanging Places is a Campus novel which studies the life of two English Literature lecturers, who in different circumstances in their lives change not only posts, but also cities, families and wives. Philip Swallow is the English teacher who goes to Euphoria, America; he’s described as boring and moral. Father of three children he’s disciplined and loyal. The other main character in the story is the American Morris Zapp, the opposite of Swallow at Rummidge, England: described by his own students as vain, sarcastic and a mean grader, but brilliant and stimulating; married twice and over his second divorce is father of twins and also of an older girl of his first wife.

Lodge deals in this novel with all the topical issues of the 1960 and 1970 as pot, sex, race, the Hippie movement, women’s liberation, or the Vietnam’s war and by the eyes of the two main characters shows the common opinions these topics caused on people in both countries.

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Book Review: Digital Fortress by Dan Brown

March 15, 2007
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 Review by Juan Carlos Fernández

digital-fortress.jpgDigital Fortress, by Dan Brown, is one of the most impresive techno-thrillers ever written. Its mixture of action, adventures, mysteries and hints as well as realistic descriptions combined with its extremely-addictive plot will make you read on from the first page.

The plot is one of the best points in this novel: the NSA (National Security Agency) is an American organisation whose duty is to intercept dangerous encrypted messages, decypher and report them. However, when TRANSLTR (a super-computer able to break any standard code in a matter of minutes) was built, a former NSA genius cryptographer creates an unbreakable code: Digital Fortress, only stoppable by a key, and whose existing reason was “Who guards the guards?”. If the code is released, the NSA would be useless and the whole world would be in danger. To avoid this, the best NSA mathematician, Susan Fletcher, has been called, and her husband has been secretly sent to Spain to get the key.

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