Category: Reviews

Lots of talk on justice: Frank Duff lived it

It’s interesting how the concept of justice is used so liberally these days – everything from ‘climate justice’, a relatively new concept, through ‘social justice warriors’ whose methods don’t always taste of justice, to genuine justice tempered by mercy. The phrase ‘crying out for justice’ was used in a timely interview on Times Radio Breakfast…

Seeking the quiet heart of life

Finding Peace compiled by Sister Stan (Columba Books, €16.99 / £14.50) A reader opening this book is likely to turn first out of curiosity to those entries by public figures such as the party leaders of the Government and opposition: this is worth reading, and recalling perhaps on future occasions, such as at the time of…

Silence will speak, and provide real insight

Joy in the Good: Rekindling an Inner Fire by Joachim Hartmann SJ and Annette Clara Unkelhäußer (Messenger Publication, €12.95 / £11.20) On first picking up this book I was taken by a sentence in the blurb: “We overlook the rich and complementary relationship between silence and communication. In silence we can rediscover the gift of…

Politics, love, and the power of parenting

My favourite joke about the JFK assassination concerns the dyslexic who thought President Kennedy was murdered by the ICA – the Irish Countrywomen’s Association. One could be forgiven for expecting Oliver Stone to have finished with conspiracy theories surrounding his death with the humungous JFK back in 1991. Not so. He’s still banging on about…

Multiple revisions until complete success

Following Wexford Festival Opera’s conclusion on Halloween, Irish National Opera (INO) raised its curtain on Beethoven’s Fidelio at Dublin’s Gaiety Theatre earlier this week with further performances tomorrow and Saturday, November 12 and 13. Around 1802 Beethoven became acquainted with the play, Léonore, by French author Jean Nicolas Bouilly. Reading it in a German translation…

Artists’ visions inspired by Dante’s Divine Comedy

The Doré Illustrations for Dante’s Divine Comedy by Gustave Dore (Dover Art Library, £12.99) Gustave Doré (1832-1883): Master of Imagination Hardcover by Erika Dolphin and others (Flammarion, £31.96) William Blake: Dante’s ‘Divine Comedy’, the Complete Drawings edited by Sebastian Schutze (Taschen, £29.00) Four centuries ago Italy, indeed the whole of Christian Europe, was absorbing the news that the…