Hey everyone, I was out of town this weekend so my apologies for not having a more substantive Monday post. However, while I was away I got to read through the book The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Marc Haddon. Its about an autistic teen in England who is investigating the murder of a neighborhood dog.
While the premise is interesting, what really makes it special is that the entire book is written in first person by the autistic teen. This ends up creating a very unique reading experience because as such a literal thinker the narrator can be completely trusted. There is no nuance to anything because either he tells you exactly what is happening or when his brain can't properly understand something thats going on you're able to easily correct his fault in viewpoint (unless maybe you are autistic too)
My biggest fault with the book is that the second half of it doesn't match the quality in the first. The story becomes notibly darker in tone and the resolution is somewhat rushed and in some ways doesn't feel earned. Its still pretty great don't get me wrong, but the first half just is better paced and has a better mix of drama and humor for me.
So if any of you have read this I'd love to hear your opinions in the comments. If not, the book is only 220 pages and well worth your time if the subject matter is of interest to you. Also, any recommendations for other books are welcome.
Maybe someday this can be as influential as the Oprah Book Club, except when a non-fiction book is recommended it will actually be a book of non-fiction.