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The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

February 9, 2008
Posted by mmarvs in : Books, General
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A BOOK REVIEW BY Adriana Carriles (5ºH)

curiousincident.jpg “This is a murder mystery novel,” said Christopher. Christopher, a fan of Sherlock Holmes stories, is a young boy with Asperger Symdrome who decides to investigate the dog’s murder and write the story in a book of his own. “In a murder mystery novel someone has to work out who the murderer is and then catch him,” he reasons. “It is a puzzle.” And Christopher is quite good at puzzles…

As a person who worked some years ago in a Special Education School, I didn’t expect much of this book, because it’s really difficult to see the world like one of this boy does. But I’m glad to say that I was completely wrong!

The originality of this book is that the author makes his hero severely limited. Christopher’s perception of events are always partial, because his condition of Asperger (an illness that resembles Autism), but… who can see things like they really are? Who is not condicionated by his/her feelings, education or personal worries? Who is not a “special needs person”? (Remember the brilliant example that Christopher told us: something as simple as wearing glasses is, too, a special need…

“When I was writing,” the author said, “I really thought to myself, Who on Earth is going to want to read about a fifteen-year-old kid with a disability? And I thought, I better make the plot good.” Good??? It is more than good! “The Curious Incident” gives you imagination, empathy. It’s a bittersweet tale…. wonderful, moving.

Read this book! Whether you know someone like Christopher or not, please, read this book!

(Listen to an extract in this link.)

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