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Wednesday · June 23 2004

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time is Christopher Moore's first hand account of solving the mysteries he finds in his life. Christopher is a fictional, high-functioning, autistic 15 year-old. He counts prime numbers to relax, forecasts his day by the number of red and yellow cars he sees in a row, and doesn't like to be touched. He loves mathematical proofs, exact time schedules, and the pure logic of Sherlock Holmes.

Christopher discovers his neighbor's dog murdered by a garden fork and writes this story because he “likes murder mystery novels.” His teacher tells him he should write a book for himself: something he would enjoy reading. It's captivating to watch his mind work in each small digression and logical leap. I feared for Christopher when a larger mystery confronts him during the investigation: a lie that he faces with bravery because he lacks the emotional capacity to hide from it or push it aside.

Curious Incident is a memorable novel because of the unique perspective and storytelling. When Christopher finds a topic he's unable to describe, he draws the reader a picture, literally, on the page. Without access to metaphor or abstract thought (modelling Christopher's mind), the author, Mark Haddon, writes a believable, gripping story that I really enjoyed.

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June 23 2004

An amazing story. I couldn't put it down. I especially enjoyed it when he couldn't verbalize his thoughts and resorted to illustrations. And I even learned some math!

June 23 2004

I read this book about a year ago! great story I agree..
did you just finish it jay?

June 23 2004

I had no idea you had read this, Kris. Yep, I bought it a couple weeks ago and started the other day. I couldn't put it down.

June 23 2004

i kept seeing this book in the library and always thought "i'll check it out as soon as i'm done reading such and such". now there's a waiting list and i heard it's being made into a movie.

June 23 2004

You can borrow it from me this weekend.

© 2004 Jason Keglovitz