“I like dogs. You always know what a dog is thinking. It has four moods. Happy, sad, cross and concentrating. Also, dogs are faithful and they do not tell lies because they cannot talk.”
― Mark Haddon,
‘Curious Incident’ is one of those books that is on every “To-Read” or “Books You Must Read” list with a lot of other crap-books that are only popular for lame reasons. (Essentially only written because it would be a popular subject.) However, this book is actually astonishingly good. Not good: great, wonderful, inspiring, modern.
Christopher John Francis Boone is an autistic fifteen year old who stumbles across the impaled body of his neighbor’s dog one night. And then it begins…
We meet the character of an autistic teenage boy on all levels; intellectually, reactionary, mathematically. However, because Christopher has an inability to understand simple emotions, be touched, or see grey areas in life, he is often misunderstood by most people around him. The feeling is returned.
Raised by his father after his mother passed, Christopher spends his days dreaming about going to the university to learn maths, going to his special school, and taking care of his pet rat. Everything changes once he discovers a gigantic secret his father has kept from him for years. The unveiling of this secret sends him on an odyssey that uncovers several more terrible secrets.
What makes the story so unique is Christopher’s black and white view of the world. The way he perceives the unfortunate events going on around him are like that of an intelligent, logical child. The way he thinks is so interesting, from his association with his favorite colors to how he can rationalize the world with a complex mathematical equation.
Please read this book. The journey is a wonderful story, and I think it helps with the understanding of how some autistic minds world. Knowledge is power!
(and it’s on Broadway too!)