Wednesday, September 11, 2013

The Modern Man: A philosophical divagation about the evil banality of daily acts ( Book Review )

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

It was good that time when 'he' had time.
The man was the 'Wise' without knowing who he was.

The above two lines just won't leave me. ' The Modern Man' by Cristiane Serruya speaks so much in just 19 pages!

What seems like a breeze at first, slowly becomes the silence before the storm and then- lo and behold! It shatters the very stable foundation of the belief that a man possesses- of the power, strength and capability he thinks he has.

In a mind-numbing revelation, Cristiane brings forth the ultimate miseries of 'The Modern Man' or The Modern 'Lost' Man. It's an eye-opener of sorts. It finally makes one believe about the eventual uselessness of trying to conquer the entire world without giving a moment of thought to one's instincts.

"Instincts"- It is something that one often pushes down to one's train of thoughts and feelings. But not anymore please. Make your instincts your guide. Go out, change the world. Just make sure that you remain true to yourself in the process!

Powerful writing, Cristiane! Hats off to you!

P.S. There is a strong reason why it was awarded the highest grade and Honors at the Law School, in November 1988! :) . The reason? Read it to know it !

- Divya Nambiar


  1. Thanks for such a wonderful review, Divya. I'm quite fond of this small text and I try to remember it always. Sometimes it's so more important to give importance to small things such as touch and of our own fragility as human beings. You just got the right feeling about the book.
    All the best,

  2. Coming from the author of the book itself, it does mean a lot to me.
    Where the words of this review are concerned, I really wish that more and more people do read this because the essence of life can be found back with it.