"Some books are to be tasted, others to be swallowed, and some few to be chewed and digested." (Francis Bacon)

Saturday, January 15, 2005

The Curious Incident...

Title: the curious incident of the dog in the night-time
Author: marc haddon

The critical acclaim this book has received is more than deserved. It's been a while since I read something this simple and full of wonder, that filled me with so much emotion by the end (and I'm a sucker for emotional books, movies, and TV shows, the kind of person who cries at the drop of a hat, so to speak). To say this book is special would be to engage in understatement.

Christopher, an autistic teen, finds the body of a neighbor's dog and decides to find out who killed it. The book is a diary he keeps, and through his words, the reader gets a sense of the social disconnect that characterizes the autistic mind.

There are a lot of things I could say about this book, but most of them would give too much away, would reveal too many surprises and moments that turn expectations upside down. Christopher solves the mystery, but the path to the solution reveals more than who killed Wellington, the dog. Along the way, Christopher learns something important about himself even while at odds with a world populated by people he will never really understand.

In its simplicity, this book is simply wonderful.