Wednesday, September 1, 2010

One Chick's Opinion: Curiouser and Curiouser

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, by Mark Haddon

Sometimes you just need to read something short and sweet- cue this novel (whose title is so long that I will not re-type it).


Though geared toward an audience of adolescent readers, this book is so different, so unusual, and so incredibly well done that I suggest everyone read it (plus the fact that at 150ish pages, it can be read as quickly as an issue of “Us Weekly”).

What makes this story so unique? The main character and narrator of the tale, Christopher, is a fifteen-year old autistic boy. Haddon is able to capture the complexities of this disorder so clearly; Christopher is gifted in many respects, yet cannot understand or convey emotions. Through his eyes, the reader embarks on an adventure to seek the murderer of his neighbor's dog. Because of his practical account of the events that transpire during his quest, the reader becomes aware of a much more significant occurrence that has come to take place, and affected the lives of Christopher's entire family.

I cried a little (but then again I usually tear up during Folgers commercials too).
Tell me what you thought and if you cried as well.

9 comments:

  1. I definitely cried. But at the same time I admired Christopher. Sometimes I think the world would be a better place if we could all think like him we would get out of our own ways. Conformity, biases and discriminatory ideas would be negligent in our everyday decisions and judgments. Wouldn't that be nice? In theory, of course.

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