It had been a while since last time a walked amongst the shelves at the public library, just waiting for a book to whisper to me.
Apparently, meanwhile, a queue of books had built up, resulting in me sitting down with five books at my side. They were: ‘The Alchemist’, by Paulo Coelho; ‘The Daydreamer‘, by Ian McEwan; ‘The Phantom of the Opera’, by Gaston Leroux; ‘Graceling’, by Kristin Cashore; ‘The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time’, by Mark Haddon.
I had never read anything written by Mark Haddon before. Yet I heard all the delighted praises he received. However, these are not the reasons that got me reading this book days and nights (not many, it took quite a short time to finish this one).
First, the protagonist: Christian Boone i’s no ordinary boy. Throughout the book no one ever mentions what kind of behavioral disturb he has, but it’s quite clear that it has to do with hyper-intelligence and fear of people.
The back-cover will tell you it’s the Asperger’s Syndrome, but Christian’s reflections and thoughts are better than any Wikipedia page, to understand what’s going on in his mind. Just because of this, Mark gets all my respect.
Second, the chapters: the enumeration is in prime number. I just loved the idea.
Then, of course, there’s the story.
Christopher is walking down the street. It’s seven minutes after midnight. Passing by, he notices Wellington lying in Mrs Shears garden. Someone had stabbed him with a garden fork. Wellington is a dog.
Christopher always liked Wellington and he starts on the resolution to find his killer. However, the search for the killer will bring up much more than a dog-stabber.
With his A-Levels in Math coming up, a caution for assaulting a police officer and a hyper-logical fear of strangers, Christopher will embark in an adventure that will shake his entire world.
Talking about jumping into the unknown, this is a book about bravery as few others I’ve seen.
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