Saturday, August 23, 2014

Saturday Night Out Book Geeks

Last month Myra suggested that we read Benjamin Alire Saenz's award-winning book Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe for this month's book discussion, so on my next trip to Kinokuniya I picked up a copy.

For this month's meeting we met at a Mexican restaurant because the book's about a pair of Mexican teens and our sole Mexican member Adan had a craving for authentic Mexican food.

L to R: Ken, Benjamin, Jay, Adan, Felicia, Amelia, Myra

So Benjamin kindly made the reservations at a Mexican restaurant and we were set.  Amelia and Myra were already there when Ken and I arrived, and we immediately dug into Myra's bowl of nachos. OK, I  did so without asking. Hey, don't judge me, I was hungry.

It was Ben's and Jay's first SNOBGs meeting, so I was on relatively good behaviour. As some people -names won't be mentioned -have told me to never give people the full 'David Seow Experience' on first meeting. So I didn't. At least I don't think I did.

With most of our members there--Catherine  was in Perth for Book Week, and Emma's  still in the UK--we ordered our respective dinners. And one by one, everyone's dinner arrived except mine.

I wondered why it was taking so long for my order, but then it turned out that someone -who I shall not name- mistakenly took my dinner because she totally forgot what she had ordered. This was quickly rectified when her order arrived and my dinner was returned with two bites taken out of it! What? My first thought was: You just molested my Mexican meal. Ok, that's a huge overreaction. I tend to overreact when I'm hungry.

With the proper meals in their respective places, we began the book discussion. The last time I went through a book this quickly was when I read The Kite Runner.

Like that book, Aristotle and Dante is perfectly paced, the characters are realistically annoying and endearing at turns and there's an unexpected twist at the end that had most of us blindsided. OK, the ladies weren't blindsided. Let's just say that you'll find the secrets of the universe in the most unexpected places.

I don't want to say too much about the book because I don't want to give too much away. You should go buy it as it's not available in the library and there are a few copies left at Kinokuniya. Buy it, people! Oh and Happy Birthday, Felicia.

My unmolested kahlua chocolate mousse

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