Rated of 5
by Paul Lithgow
The Curious Incident... is a wonderful read. Deceptively easy-going, it brims with ideas and taught me things I never knew. The asperger suffering narrator drew my attention to normal human isdiosynrcacies, that, when viewed through his eyes of Christopher Boone, highlight what a tragically confusing place the world must be for an autistic person.
The lack of metaphorical description and the books simple style is enlightening. Christopher can emotionlessly describe emotional events with great clarity and this is oddly moving. We recognise from his descriptions what emotion is happening yet through his writing, we are moved further by the fact that we realise he has no understanding of the emotion involved.
The odd pathos we feel for the narrator is not the only redeeming quality of this book. Mark Haddon has wonderful sense of humour and his plot, as it unfolds, is wickedly clever. Of course, we will never know if this is an entirley accurate portrayal of Aspergers syndrome, yet having studied psychology to an extent, it appears to be a wonderful account of what it might be like to view the world in this way.
An amazing, funny and touching book from a distinct new literary voice. This book should, if there is any justice in the world, become a set text in schools.
The comment about buying two copies is true ... I don't want to loan my copy to anyone.