Saturday, May 29

Gloriously curious..




Book: The Curious Incident of the dog in the Night-time Author: Mark Haddon Genre: YA/Adult Fiction Publisher : Random House Price : Rs.275
Mark Haddon's The curious incident of the dog in the night-time is curiously heart-warming and starkly realistic at the same time. With an unusual title like that,i really expected it to be more of a funny read ,but it most definitely is not funny in a slapstick kind of a way.There are oodles of dry wit, though.Curious Incident is the story of Christopher,a 15 year old who is afflicted with Asperger's syndrome.Christopher's an exceptionally gifted child when it comes to logic and maths,but lacks social skills.When the neighbor's is found dead,he decides to investigate the death.

As Christopher investigates the dog's death,he stumbles upon startling revelations and this takes in on a special journey of his life.As you read his take on Physics and stars and tens of other things that he thinks about,you can't but help saying "Awww..".He chronicles his investigations along with this thoughts in a book and is delightfully funny in places. Like the way he makes fun of authors who use too many similies and metaphors in their writing.The book also showcases the thoughts and anguishes that a boy with special needs has in a beautiful way.The writing is adorable with wonderful illustrations done by Mark Haddon himself.

This is a book that will come haunt you even after you are done with it.It is a book you would want your children to read. Sensitive and queerly amusing.It will make you do a rethink on the way you have perceived children with special needs.It will make you sit up and notice that they have thoughts and aspirations too like every one of us.It's amazing how a book without a crazy ,intricate plot can still make good fiction.

Apparently,Mark Haddon drew upon his own experiences of working with such special children from his younger days in writing this book.The narrative flows well despite the choppiness of the content.Well,you will have to read the book to understand what that means.Though touted as a Young Adult book,i thought Curious incident is a very philosophical book that will appeal more to adults. Mark Haddon says that this is among his first books that was written specifically to cater to both adult and YA audiences.The book won the 2003 Whitbread book of the year and Commonwealth Prize for the best First book.Justifiably so.

A wonderful book that needs to be savored. 4/5 for the book from me.

I am thinking of doing reviews with more information on the authors and the thought process behind their writings rather than just talk about the plot.. Any takers for this ? or should i stick to just raving or ranting about the plot and the book.Do let me know what you want to read.. And don't miss this book.It's special.

14 comments:

Smita said...

Your idea sounds interesting!!! I mean it is always a bonus to know more about the author :)

Lemme keep an eye for this book! And yes loved the review :)

avdi said...

This is one book that I am totally captivated with. I have lent the book to my nephew to read, and must remember to get it back.

The story seems choppy because it is narrated delibrately that way, to make it sound like the story of a gauche 15 year old.

You understand not only the needs of the special children, but the additional stress and demands it places on their parents as well.

I didnt know Mark Haddon worked with special children. It is good to include such information.

Bedazzled said...

smita..sure,pick it up !!

Avi..How could i have forgotten to mention the challenges the caregivers and parents of these children face?.. totally understand why christopher's mom decided to walk away from all that responsibility.. just too overwhelming... i got the choppy bit.. infact,first few pages i was confused at the writing ..then it gets clear why the writing is choppy...

Pesto Sauce said...

Will surely look out for this one...sounds interesting

vimmuuu said...

Oh god !! what happened to your blog? Its so..so..girly...so, not like you ! :D :D

and whats with the font of this post ???

Bedazzled said...

Pesto.. welcome here after such a long time

Vummu... dey !!!for a change daaan maatinen.. got bored of the old black and white template..of course i am girly :-)

bouncingbubble said...

titbits on the author sounds brilliant. Added this bk in my list.

Violet said...

I would love to know more about the author too, it would be interesting. I do sometimes include author details but sometimes it just feels like too much work :)

I have had this book on my shelf for ages, I should get to it.

Bedazzled said...

BB..Do read it !!!

Violet.. lol .. i know its too much of work .. but i am fascinated by the writing process of the author and always do a bit about the author after i finish the book.. esp if the book was good !

pal said...

Lovely review, makes me so want to read the book!!!

Bedazzled said...

Pal.. do read it !!.. its adorable !! .. thanx !!

Vaishnavi said...

This is on my list....I have heard many wonderful things about it...

SSQuo said...

im so glad u reviewed this book. It is one of my favorite books - high up on the list. Chris is brilliant, love how he breaks down cliches like 'pigs flying' etc.

Priya said...

Ah, I love this book!! I've actually never met anyone till date who hasn't liked this book! This is the kind of book that really has a lot of depth and a lot of meaning without really saying any of it. It really is special! Great review!