Not that far into Aristotle and Dante Discover…

Not that far into Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe, this year’s big youth literature winner. Still in my highly critical mode… so, when I see on page 22, “My dad… was always giving me lectures about physical violence,” and on page 23, “And another thing about my father: He didn’t give lectures. Not real ones,” I am baffled and a little annoyed. Is this same father giving lectures or not? Is this the author not being consistent? Is this trying to say something about the narrator being unreliable? So far, the narrator seems honest so this does not sit well… I will continue reading it but there is a tiny fissure in the landscape of my trust for the author or the narrator. Hopefully I’ll get wrapped up in the story and stop paying attention to little inconsistencies.

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February 9, 2013 · 3:58 pm

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