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Alex Canton-Dutari lives in Panama City, Panama. Holds a PhD in clinical psychology, now retired and a widower. He devotes most of his time to writing short novels plus helping with his four grandchildren.
on Oct. 10, 2011 :
Alex Canton is a very loving, caring grandfather who wants to start his newborn grandson on a positive journey through life. Through astral travel and a glass ball, the two make trips back in time to show the newest addition to the family his heritage and to introduce family members past and present.
It is a lovely collection of short "memories" that gives the reader an insight into who Alex Canton really is and appreciate the author's achievements.
(reviewed long after purchase)
on Aug. 12, 2011 :
I liked the originality of this book. The framework is of a man taking his grandson on a trip back through history and memories by astral travel. The book has a spiritual edge to it, filled with crystal balls and mythical wanderings. There are many humorous stories about the child’s grandmother, who is fun, talented, quite wild in a way, tenacious and independent. The narrative switches between the first and third person; sometimes in sentences that bump each other, but I found this interesting and novel. There are some fascinating insights into the politics of Panama and a scene set on Black Friday. The narrator ‘shows’ his grandson his past, including his first political rally, for example. Something that stuck in my mind was when the narrator thought it a pity that children lose their glow as adults; that this glow is a gift. The silver thread linking the astral travellers made me think of the delicate, but strong thread connecting family members. It shimmers brightly with the memories of the grandfather narrator. He writes that one of his favourite animals is the elephant for, as they say, elephants never forget.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)
on June 05, 2011 :
This is an excellent and extremely well written book, which i thoroughly enjoyed from beginning to end.
This story reads almost as an autobiography, a grandfather sharing poignant memories with his newly born grandson by way of astral travel and crystal ball gazing, visiting past events that were significant to the Grandfather’s life. The bonding between the two generations during these times is touching and unique.
Throughout the book, I was always under the impression that the author is trying to relay to the reader the importance of memories and keeping alive the ‘spirit’ of loved ones that have passed on, therefore always to “remember”. This was for me, a moral.
To conclude, in my opinion this book could be listed as a modern ‘Classic’. The author has a way of making the reader really feel the emotions and I would highly recommend this to anyone who is looking to read a story with depth and meaning, and yet, at the same time light-hearted and entertaining. Alejandro Canton has the ability to do both!
(reviewed within a week of purchase)
on May 01, 2011 :
This is a lovely story about family life seen through the eyes of a grandfather talking to his newborn grandson. Via astral travel we are taken to key points in the family's life. I liked the personal feel to it, almost autobiographical.
I was however a little confused by the author keep slipping between the first and third person (or maybe I just didn't 'get' it) but this didn't in anyway detract from the essence of the story.
Basically it is a series of short chapters made up of anecdotes each chronicling key points in this family's life. But it is also so much more than that. Through the grandfather's eyes we are able to see the importance of family and extended family. It was also interesting to take a peep at different countries customs as the family comes from Panama. All in all an excellent book and well worth a read.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)
on April 28, 2011 :
Remember...in your dreams is an astounding work of, as the author calls it, "non-fiction fiction." Seeing the snapshots of life through the eyes of a grandfather sharing, via astral travel, important, memorable or funny moments of his life with his grandson is entertaining and gives one pause to remember that every moment, every event that happens could become an important memory in someone's life, no matter how inconsequential it might seem to you.
I also see Remember...in your dreams to be a letter from grandfather to grandson, passing along family history and stories that would otherwise be lost to time, in an effort to help him remember where he comes from, so that he might know where he's headed.
It's a great read, and I wholeheartedly suggest it to anyone looking for an inventive story that reminds you of the importance of family and a grandfathers soft, sweet love for his grandchildren.
(reviewed the day of purchase)