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The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon
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Feb 15, 2012

really liked it
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This is a really interesting read from the first person P.O.V. of a 15-year-old boy with high functioning autism. The most fascinating aspect of this book is obviously that you get to see the world through the eyes of Christopher who doesn’t like to be touched, panics in crowds or when there are loud noises, and has an enormous amount of trouble coping in unfamiliar situations. The voice is actually so real and immediate that as you read the book, you start to get panicky when Christopher does. However, Christopher has this amazing desire to create order and make sense of things that is wonderfully represented in the book visually. There are graphics and drawings, floor plans, intricate schedules, and equations. You don’t just hear Christopher’s voice, but you see the world through his eyes.

There seems to be a recent trend of novels with unique first-person perspectives and voices of children, ROOM and EXTREMELY LOUD AND INCREDIBLY CLOSE for instance. THE CURIOUS CASE is certainly more about the voice and the character than the plot. The narrative is simple, and the mystery of the curious incident is not exactly a Sherlock Holmes tale. It’s the quiet internal moments and the way Christopher relates to people that are the heart of the story.

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