In response to Bluebookbelle’s Bookish Photo A Day Challenge – February 2015 #AWORphotoaday
My random page…
…just happens to be page 46 of Mark Haddon’s brilliant novel The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-time.
I just picked it out of the bookcase, opened it up and it was this page I fell on. It’s actually a great page where the central character, Christopher, describes his issues, suffering from autism. You might just be able to read it in the pic!
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time is an ingenious novel both because of its reference to that most obsessive and fact-obsessed of detectives, Sherlock Holmes, and because its lower-case letters indicate something important about its narrator. Christopher is an intelligent youth who lives in the functional hinterland of autism – every day is an investigation for him because of all the aspects of human life that he does not quite get.
When the dog next door is killed with a garden fork, Christopher becomes quietly persistent in his desire to find out what has happened and tugs away at the world around him until a lot of secrets unravel messily. Haddon makes an intelligent stab at how it feels to, for example, not know how to read the faces of the people around you, to be perpetually spooked by certain colours and certain levels of noise, to hate being touched to the point of violent reaction.
Fifteen-year-old Christopher has a photographic memory. He understands maths. He understands science. What he can’t understand are other human beings. When he finds his neighbour’s dog, Wellington, lying dead on the lawn, he decides to track down the killer and write a murder mystery about it. But in doing so, he uncovers other mysteries that threaten to bring his whole world crashing down around him.
This book made laugh out loud, yet empathise with Christopher and his world – brilliant!