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Last Book Syndrome: ‘Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe’ by Benjamin Alire Saez

by Clarissa Chua

I got Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saez in exchange for Anna Karenina that my friend gave me. (Thank you, Lord, for gift receipts!) It was a spontaneous choice because I originally wanted Lang Leav’s books but when my mom saw it, her eyes grew wide at the thinness of the books.

But thinking back (three months ago, by the way), what compelled me to pick the book was its cover. Who ever said anything about not judging a book by its cover? Also, the choice of philosopher names for a YA book is something that intrigued me even as it was just sitting by my shelf. But perhaps, more than these, what was more of a surprise was the content of the book. It was unexpectedly creatively portrayed (mirroring its cover). It’s a vague description, I know, but as they say, less is more.

I tried to play with the width of the brushes and you can also see the evolution of my handwriting in the process. Teehee.

This quote also goes out to all the readers who would like to contribute! Yes, we’re opening Last Book Syndrome to those interested. If you’re in, leave a comment below. See you next Friday! 




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