Saturday, 13 July 2013

A disconnected mind

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon.

I came across the this book during the course I did in my second year on Fiction. As soon as I heard the title of the book, I had to read it. I was so curious about the book then, but never came across a copy. Only recently did I manage to get my hands on one.

The book starts off innocently enough. A 15 year old Christopher with some behavioral  difficulties, with his uncommon perception of the world and his little idiosyncrasies, is trying to solve the mystery of the murder of his neighbor's dog. But the story gets more interesting as the book progresses from the murder mystery and delves into the character of the Christopher. The first person narrative is so powerful. At one point in the book, when Christopher is in a train station, before it is even mentioned in the book, I could feel the discomfort he is about to feel and partially felt it myself. At other points, I was so irritated that there is really nothing anyone can do to help him. I was also irritated with Christopher at points in the book for being the way he is. And I think when you do that, even if it is just a passing thought, it makes you think. About how you would behave if you were put in the position of Christopher's father. How supportive and accepting will you be? I shall stop before I get carried away and reveal spoilers.

Just that this book rattled me more than anything I have read in the recent past. And made me a bit more aware of things we take for granted. I am thankful.

PS : I have been reading the Song of Ice and Fire series too. Finished A Feast for Crows a week back. But I am not sure what to say about it, other than I'm looking forward to A Dance with Dragons.
PPS : Starting One hundred years of Solitude. Excited! :D