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I work in the Special Education department of a school district. I applaud authors that bring disabilities to the general public by developing characters that struggle with their own unique feelings as well as the ignorance of society. Education of disabilities is the first step in understanding and acceptance. Because the author does not have autism, narrating as an autistic individual I questioned is this really what someone with autism would think/feel? Part of me, as a non-autistic individual, felt he was spot on. Another part of me kept having that niggling feeling in the back of my mind about authenticity.
Overall it was a good, quick read.
I would definitely recommend this book, especially for people who didn't understand Autism very much
With regard to my reading experience of this book I can only say that being placed in Christopher Boone's shoes and allowed to view the world from his perspective was both an illuminating and fascinating experience. By the time I had completed the book I could almost predict how Christopher would react to any situation he might find himself in. I share the thoughts of Skydrake: that books like this are important because they give us a first hand look at something we would normally be unable to comprehend, and through comprehension comes empathy.
― Steven Wright
He captured the mind of an autistic child very well. And in doing so, allowed us a totally different view of a other wise simple story.
There's no wondering about how he felt, he gives everything a blunt and raw edge, as I imagine it would be to a autistic child's perception. And yet he still manages to capture our interest, and in the end I was captivated, and didn't want to say goodbye to Christopher.
A definite read if you want to get out of the ordinary and look at the world with a whole new perception.
I cannot recommend this book highly enough. The main character, the autistic child was very well portrayed by the author. The reader is drawn in and feels a part of the story as the author was able to get into the head of the child while telling the story.
Great read. It is a short book and a fast read. Highly recommended!
Personally, I really enjoyed this book. Mark Haddon excelled at writing from a non-communicative persons perspective. This book made me laugh, although Christopher John Francis Boone did tell the reader that this would not be a funny book because he cannot tell jokes. This book made me sad, at times as well, the hand fan to communicate a relationship with his parents was touching. This book was thought provoking, and had me trying to wrap my own head around being completely unable to understand or feel emotions. Compelling. Ingenius. Hugely enjoyable. A must read.