Wednesday, July 13, 2005

The curious incident of the dog in the night-time

Two things attracted me to this book. One I got curious with the name and the cover. Two, I saw a comment in from an autistic claiming that the author has been able to capture, rather fantastically, the way the mind of an autistic worked.
About the story, you couldn't be further off the mark if you thought the book was a whodunit involving a dead-dog and a kid with a photographic memory. The way you feel when you read about "The curious incident of the dog in the night-time" is the way John Malkovich would've felt in 'Being John Malkovich' - the writing gets into your head. Mark Haddon should have named it 'Being Christopher Boone' (the protagonist).
It is a quick read, took me just a few hours. Its all the more enjoyable if you are nestled in a couch on your veranda on a sleepy Sunday afternoon with the rain pouring outside.
Customer Rating: Five Red Cars!!!


Mridul said...

I dont know why , but references to autistic's seem to be happening a bit too much around me... and I was not even aware of a condition like this until about a month or so back.

Will try to get this book sometime soon (have I heard about this somewhere else this week itself ?) ...

Better , when I am in blr this 29th maybe I will pick it up from you :-D

Noufal said...

Yup. This was definitely a nice book. I like the chapter numbering. :)

aknowkneemoose said...

I echo what noufal said... I too liked the way the chapters were all prime numbers. One thing I didn't understand was why this book was put in the youngsters category in bookstores I visited.