I read this book without reading any synopsis or review so I had no idea about what the book is all about. I thought that this was going to be philosophical ala Sophie’s World because of the names Aristotle and Dante. I was so wrong for thinking that. It was a coming of age novel based on Aristotle’s discovery of his own persona and acceptance of the fact that he is different from everybody else.
What is the secret of the universe? I think that it’s just trying to tell us to go with our guts regardless of what every one has to say about it. If it makes us happy, we should just do it. It doesn’t matter if we’re different from the others because that is what makes us unique. Also, it doesn’t help if we deny ourselves of our true feelings because it will just complicate things for us and for people around us. However, it does help if the people around us support us in our endeavors to look for who we are as people, where we stand and what we believe in.
It was a well-written novel for the fact that I was so enamored by it. I couldn’t put the book down. I had to immediately go with Aristotle and his journey in finding his true self. It wasn’t so obvious at the time but that was all he think about. We get to feel how frustrated he and confused he was. I did feel that tears started to fall. I wasn’t able to contain the feeling because I related to him so much.
I, too, didn’t have the luxury of having someone like Dante for quite a long time. However, for Aristotle’s sake, it was a new feeling for him so he must felt very withdrawn to the fact that he was so attached to Dante. He was overwhelmed by Dante’s lack of consciousness towards what others thought of him. That made Aristotle question how he was living his life and his emotions.
The book is a great read. It makes you understand the choices that people in Aristotle’s shoes make. It isn’t easy growing up. But it does help when you are surrounded by people who love you. It makes the journey a lot easier and a lot manageable.