Friday, October 16, 2009

the curious incident of the dog in the night-time

Of all the books one reads it's not that often one experiences the truly great, mind-evolving, inspirational, all absorbing well-written piece. It definitely happens, but not that often.

It's even rarer to find truly (or so it seems) original stories told. Written from the perspective of an autistic teenage boy I do find 'The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time' by Mark Haddon to be one of those. The book is an easy read, very funny at times when Asperger clashes with what most of us regards as reality. Other times sad, for the same reasons, but most of all thought-provoking and enlightening in a way that is easy to grasp.

I picked up the book (better late than never) in the hopes of getting a really different crime fiction. Only a very small portion revolved around the actual drama of the dog in the night-time though, on the other hand one gets a refreshing take on what it can be to live and co-live with one version of autism.

Highly recommended read. For those, like me, a bit tardy getting around reading this very worthwhile little book.

4 comments:

Lola Nova said...

I just read that book recently. I enjoyed it and it was a quick read.
It was interesting for me because my little brother (not so little anymore, he's 22) has Aspergers. I found the book was close on a lot of things - then not so much other times. Overall I thought it was pretty good.

D said...

one of my fav books too.

Paz said...

Thanks for the recommendation. So many books, so little time. One day, soon, I hope to be able to pick it up.

Paz

Pia K said...

i found it a light read on a serious topic, alex, and i would guess a good glimpse of what can be for us who don't have any experience of aspbergers...

glad you liked it too, d.

you do that, paz, it's a short book, easy read but still it gave a lot to think about. as well as be grateful for.

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