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Aristote et Dante découvrent les secrets de l'univers

par Benjamin Alire Sáenz

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Fifteen-year-old Ari Mendoza is an angry loner with a brother in prison, but when he meets Dante and they become friends, Ari starts to ask questions about himself, his parents, and his family that he has never asked before.
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Yes, this is a beautiful tender book - I didn't finish unfortunately.

Because it didn't pull me to a finish I'm not giving it more than 3 stars. It's probably not the fault of the book but more that I find young adult novels set in early high school don't hold my attention like books about adults. ( )
  Okies | Jun 27, 2024 |
I wasn't expecting to be sold on this book upon picking it up, despite my intrigue at the title and setting. Much to my surprise I really enjoyed it. Sanez expertly uses repetition to build complex characters, establishing speech patterns and a supporting culture through subtle details in something as simple as truncated speech and thoughts that reflect the speaker's voice perfectly, never breaking character. I did have to wonder though: When Ari's parents confront him about his sexuality toward the end of the novel, is his reaction real? That is, would a Latino teenager in the '70's respond positively to his sexuality being revealed to him by his parents? He seemed to accept it pretty quickly and without a fight. (You could argue that he'd been fighting it the whole novel, but I don't buy that. It's one thing to be subconsciously aware of confusing sexual impulses, and another to be confronted with it in a conversation that essentially has you backed into a corner.) The book spent a lot of time establishing that Ari liked to fight and had enough inner turmoil to fuel it for the foreseeable future. I just wasn't sold on the idea that he readily accepted the realization and had no other concerns about his identity that went along with it.
I'm not real big on romance stories and I appreciated that this is much more complicated than that. I was left with a satisfying appreciation for the character development that led to a fitting ending. ( )
  illarai | Jun 26, 2024 |
Rating: 4.5* of five

The Publisher Says: A lyrical novel about family and friendship from critically acclaimed author Benjamin Alire Sáenz.

Aristotle is an angry teen with a brother in prison. Dante is a know-it-all who has an unusual way of looking at the world. When the two meet at the swimming pool, they seem to have nothing in common.

But as the loners start spending time together, they discover that they share a special friendship—the kind that changes lives and lasts a lifetime. And it is through this friendship that Ari and Dante will learn the most important truths about themselves and the kind of people they want to be.

I RECEIVED THIS BOOK AS A GIFT. THANKS!

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: First love, with another boy, when you're fifteen and angsty and from a Mexican-American family.

Wow, that's a lot. Like, a real, real lot.

Which, as adults, we sometimes do not take into account when dealing with teens. The thing we lose sight of most often is that teens have adult-strength emotions triggered by the same things we get triggered by but without our decades of perspective to temper our responses with. Ari's right...his Dad is suffering. His Dad is right...Ari can't understand this suffering. In fact, no one really can. Adults don't think this is as weird and awful as Ari, not yet used to the helplessness of loving others, does. All Ari knows is that his Dad's refusal to talk about his feelings feels like rejection. So Ari clams up...and doesn't see the irony of this. Perspective: missing.

Dante, being brash and bold, just...does stuff. Ari feels envious, astonished, drawn to this bigness and forcefulness. This feels so intoxicating, so overwhelmingly right, that he and Dante meet each other all the time, talk, think, and in that gloriously uniquely young man way, fall in love. They're on different pages here, too, stunningly. Dante doesn't see this love as weird or ugly...it's the 1980s! Stonewall was in the 1960s! Ari thinks it's another way he's weird. He does think Dante's weird, too, and if Dante...big, bright, beautiful Dante with his strong ideas about Chicanismo...is weird, weird must be okay. Somehow that must be true, but how?

Thus is first love born. That was my absolute favorite thing about the story. It wasn't about the zeal of the organs for each other, in Joseph Campbell's memorable and accurate formulation of sexual desire's essence; it was instead about the addictive rush of communion with the Other, the joy of discovering the Other is not only Other but gloriously beautifully Other. These boys discover, slowly and organically, that Love is the best, the only addictive drug that makes things better.

Or it can. And it does in this story. It does this, you should note, S L O W L Y. And Ari, angry teen with a huge rock on top of his mouth, needs help figuring out what it is about Dante that he is, well, Noticing. Here is where I felt the true beauty of the story comes to the fore. It is Ari's parents, these complicatedly wounded souls who are sources of difficulty for him (as all parents must be) who rip off the bandage and show him that he is in love with Dante.

And they do it, in 1980s El Paso, Texas, with kindness and acceptance. This is how we know it's fiction.

Everything about this read was a pleasure to me. It's been over a decade since the story burst on the scene. There are sequels (I haven't read those yet). This story keeps reverberating through our louding voices of hatred. I hope you and I, readers with mileage and perspective unavailable to its target audience, can help that audience find this wonderful story of honest love and acceptance offered and accepted. ( )
  richardderus | Jun 15, 2024 |
Words cannot express how beautiful I thought this book was, so poignantly written, with believable and well developed characters that you feel so deeply for. I will be reading this book again.

Also props to Lin Manuel Miranda's narration. ( )
  jenkies720 | Jun 7, 2024 |
Almost perfect. ( )
  minhjngo | Mar 28, 2024 |
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Why do we smile? Why do we laugh? Why do we feel alone? Why are we sad and confused? Why do we read poetry? Why do we cry when we see a painting? Why is there a riot in the heart when we love? Why do we feel shame? What is that thing in the pit of your stomach called desire?
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One summer night I fell asleep, hoping the world would be different when I woke. In the morning, when I opened my eyes, the world was the same.
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My mother and father held hands. I wondered what that was like, to hold someone's hand. I bet you could sometimes find all of the mysteries of the universe in someone's hand. (p. 140)
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