Book Review: Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe


“Sometimes, you do things and you do them not because you’re thinking but because you’re feeling. Because you’re feeling too much. And you can’t always control the things you do when you’re feeling too much.”

Rating: 4 of 5 Stars


I was at a café 12 hours ago when I started reading this. The beginning I was not able to really connect and I thought the writing style was quite lacking. Few pages in and I started to enjoy it (and I took back my comment about the writing style) and I think that’s the most important aspect there should be in reading – that you enjoy and like what you read and take a rest from being too critical.

Or maybe that’s why I enjoy this kind of books, because there’s nothing to criticize about.

Well, anyway. The LGBT community has a special place in my heart. I like the innocence and truthfulness and the gravity of their love for one another. I wish people could just start accepting same-sex relationships as part of our norm. It even makes me feel bad saying that we should be accepting this because it does not need ‘accepting’. We don’t accept hetero-relationships. Do you get me? Because words are failing me right now. I don’t know how to convey my thoughts cohesively at 1:29 in the morning.

With that thought (those thoughts), I enjoyed this book; I enjoyed divulging into the mind of Ari. He is a very adorable being. Also, his friends are very easy to like, specially Gina. Such pain in the ass friend, but totally lovely regardless. I want a friend like Gina.

But what made me love this book is its take on life – Dante’s take on life. We don’t have a lot of that in the now. I don’t have a lot of that. I don’t talk about my misgivings, my thoughts about the universe, my needs, or my unending questions about what is of the future to anyone, even to my closest friends. It’s just not something people would enjoy talking about. So I am almost always left with my unusual thoughts.

Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe is a very nice and beautiful read. I don’t usually make time reading a book where the narrator is like writing a diary without big things happening because they are boring and dragging but somehow, this clicked just right to me.

Would totally recommend it to everyone.



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