Tuesday, October 18, 2005

Book 55: The curious incident of the dog in the night-time, by Mark Haddon

This charming novel is the most unique of mystery books. It's told from the perspective of an autistic teenage boy, and gives the reader intriguing insight into the way the mind works. All of the characters in the book are incredibly human, and I can't say that the book is positively uplifting. Instead, it's presented in a very matter-of-fact manner, showing our young protagonist as he works through his questions, problems and personal preferences in a way that is very distinct from what we're typically used to seeing. The author has spent a significant amount of time working with autistic children, and I appreciated his attempt to present the tale from that singular viewpoint. Highly, highly recommended.

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