12 book club questions for Aristotle and Dante Dive into the Waters of the World

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  1. What is the meaning of being a cartographer?
  2. What are the meaning of thunder and the storming inside Aristotle?
  3. What is the meaning of this quote from the novel? “There are cartographers who came and made a map of the world as they saw it. They did not leave a place for us to ride our names on the map.”
  4. What do you think about the phrase “we are a country of immigrants that hates immigrants”? Is that a statement that applies only to the U.S.A. or is that a statement valid for every country?
  5. In both novels, we have seen how they either feel American or Mexican, but which other trait is added to the list of the main character’s “descriptors”? 
  6. Based on question one, why does that new descriptor make them even more unfitting?
  7. Why do they say they cannot be men because they are gay?
  8. Again in the novel desert and rain has a meaning of rebirth, but in this novel did they have a different meaning? Did it stay with that new meaning?
  9. How is Ari fighting gender norms?
  10. What is the relation between the desert and being gay in the novel? 
  11. Lost becomes a great part of the novel as in other Benjamin novels, what is the message of lost in this novel? 
  12. Why is it so important to own your pain?

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