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Thursday 24 May 2012

Sweat, Glamour, and Light Sins by Alex Canton-Dutari

If you like 'people watching', then a gym is as good a place as any to do it.
In this short story, the astute observer of people is a 'mature' gentleman, known as Abuelo (Grandpa), a well-established attendee who spends much of his time there.  This gym is certainly an active one – it not only hosts its usual array of stomach-crunching, peck-enhancing apparatus, but provides a stage for fashion shows and Cirque du Soleil-type displays.  
Through Abuelo’s eyes, we meet some fun and entertaining characters, amongst them the exuberant (and plump) Rhonda, the somewhat reticent and well-toned Jack Russell (I wasn’t sure about a character having the same name as the breed of his own dog – but this is just typical of Alex’s sense of humour), and the beautiful Issi. Abuelo’s seniority and wisdom make him the perfect confidant, as well as a thoughtful and careful assessor of character. There is more to each of them than meets the eye and Alex, in his own inimitable style, weaves flamboyance, poignancy, a little pathos, but above all tongue-in-cheek humour into this little tale.

There certainly is plenty of sweat and glamour in this gym.  As for the ‘light sins’ (can a sin be light?) - well, you’ll just have to find out for yourselves, though you will need an open mind with regard to the editing.


  1. As always, a beautifully written and informative review. Doesn't sound like my kind of book, but I hope it does well for the writer.