May 30, 2004

The Curious Incident ..

4 out of 5 stars

I bought this while I was out in SF to have something to read on the coach trip to Yosemite. It's not a long book (appx 220 pages) and I finished it in a couple of hours.

The premise is fairly straightforward – teenage boy finds neighbours dog killed in their garden and sets out to find out what happened, along the way stumbling into a revelation that even the most emotionally well adjusted teenager would struggle to cope with. This, in turn, leads to an adventure made all the more remarkable by the fact that he suffers from a condition (never stated, but I guess it's a form of autism) which leaves him unable to interact emotionally with other people.

Highly recommended.

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  1. Chris May

    According to the blurb on the dust-cover of my copy, he has Asperger's syndrome – so that was a pretty good guess! Agree with your rating – although the plot is fairly simplistic, the insight into the protagonist's mind made it pretty un-put-downable for me. I just wish it could have been twice as long. Most enjoyable

    31 May 2004, 19:18

  2. Now you mention it, I've checked the inside of my copy and sure enough, under the Library of Congress cataloging details it describes the protaganist as "a mathematically gifted, autistic 15-year-old" – there you go.

    31 May 2004, 20:41

  3. I knew of someone at University a good few years ago who had Asperger's syndrome. Basically meant that they didn't have much of an understanding of human relationships, they couldn't understand what it meant to smile at someone….very strange. Happily they did manage to lead a relatively normal life and make it through Uni as far as I know.

    01 Jun 2004, 08:30

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