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by Hermann Hesse
Edition: Paperback

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, yet flawed, 12 Jun 2009
This review is from: Gertrude (Paperback)
Gertrude has attracted quite a bit of criticism, due to it's not being up to he same standard as Hesse's later writings. But I think to look at it that way is to miss the point entirely: yes, the book is flawed compared to the author's main corpus, yet it is still vastly better than most contemporary literatire which is published today. One can see glimpses of certain themes in this work which were to become central in Hesse's great works.

There's a certain irony in the author's relationship to the book: throughout, the protagonist -who is a composer- remarks how the pieces he composed in his narration do not reflect him in his current lonely state; Hesse, much like his storyteller, also distanced himself from this early work.

This is a young work and should be treated as such. Interestingly, one can also view the story in Gertrude as Hesse being prophetic of his own reaction to it in later life.

Hotel Rwanda [DVD]
Hotel Rwanda [DVD]
Dvd ~ Xolani Mali
Price: 3.11

44 of 45 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Exceptionally brilliant, 10 July 2005
This review is from: Hotel Rwanda [DVD] (DVD)
Based on a true story, Hotel Rwanda is by far one of the most powerful and emotionally stirring films I've seen this year. Terry George's second film shows us that we can expect great things from this man. It seems his pairing with Jim Sheridan has allowed him to learn so much from him and exibits that he has learnt everything there is to know from the great director and become one himself. The film takes place during the genocide in Rwanda when the Hutu extremists commenced a mass slauter of the Tutsi minority. While the killing happened all that the western powers did was ignore this atrocity until the Tutsi rebels had driven the extremists out. This story is about Paul Rusesabagina (Don Cheadle) a Hutu who used the hotel he ran to save the lives of innocent Tutsis by sheltering them within the hotel. Cheadle gives a powerful performance as the wealthy manager who cleverly uses his high connections with both the western world and Hutu officials to save as many as he could. Hotel Rwanda's most impressive scene is when the western countries order that all their citizens be evacuated. George masterfully makes you feel shame (if you live in a western country) that your country participated in that and turned a blind eye to the death that was going on in Rwanda in that order of cowardice. I highly recommend this film if you have even the slightest interest, I would give it more than 5 stars if I could.

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