November 30, 2004

Unlike anything you have read before!

5 out of 5 stars

Have you ever read a book written by an autistic boy? Me neither, so this book is probably the closest we will ever come. Someone once described this book as being new-age childrens' literature, because it contains a lot of swearing and has no happy end. I would agree with that and hope that we will see a lot more of this genre and definitly by Haddon.

We follow the life of Christopher, an autistic child and see the world through his eyes. It's a marvellous story and one which makes you want to stand up and applaud Mark Haddon for his inspiring and deeply insightful book, which has the power to teach all of us a little about how society behaves towards those who are different. Seeing the world through Christopher's eyes also gives us an insight into how strange and surreal human behaviour is to anyone who is not accustomed to it. Don't expect this book to be happy and cutesy, it isn't; it's downright tearjerking at times.

This book successfully manages to combine a look at autism with the story of a little boy and his quest to solve the murder of his neighbour's dog. In a word: Brilliant.

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  1. A really good non-fiction book by someone with autism is Nobody Nowhere by Donna Williams. It's all about her life and how a lot of people take advantage of her being ill. I thought 'curious incident' was a bit uninteresting, it was good for showing why he acts in certain ways, but trust me, Nobody Nowhere is a much better book if you want to understand autism! Didn't you think that being told the universe is one day going to reverse in on itself and we'll all die was a bit scary?

    30 Nov 2004, 17:04

  2. Considering that the "Big Crunch" won't happen for several billion years … no, don't find it that scary.

    30 Nov 2004, 17:26

  3. I read The Curious Incident last Summer; great book.

    16 Jan 2005, 21:19

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