Please use this thread to discuss the January book of the month, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon
. Please read the book before reading this thread because this thread will contain spoilers
What do you think of the book? Would you recommend it?
I enjoyed reading the book very much. I definitely recommend it.
It is not very long which is a plus for me. The more time I put into reading a book, the more I expect to get out of it.
I think the narration method is very interesting, enjoyable and well-done. I think having the autistic child narrate a story completely changes the tone and potential of the story. In some cases it is humorous, which is particularly comical since the author does not intend to be funny and claims to be incapable of making jokes. Also, I think the book causes the reader to think philosophically about the nature of consciousness and perception. For instance, consider the way Chris realizes and understands certain things as being common sense that most people do not and how most people notice other things like humor or how to take a train that seem complicated to Chris. It makes one realize how subjective so many things actually are.
I wonder how accurate the author's depiction of the high-functioning autistic mind is. I would love to read some comments and reviews of the book by psychologists and other relevant scientists especially those who have specifically studied autism.
Anyway, what do you all think?