Wednesday, January 4th, 2006 • 1 Comment on Book Talk
Jae and I chose The Historian as our next book (which we’ve vowed to read in less than six months). A 600-page epic thriller about Dracula is about as far as you can get from a 200-page story as told from the point of view of an autistic boy, so it should be an interesting transition.
Kevin asked me to share my thoughts about The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time. I have to say that while I enjoyed it, I found myself expecting more after all the build up this book received. Sometimes I felt as if Christopher’s autism was just a good marketing gimmick, but he is a sympathetic and usually likeable character (which is more than I can say for some of the other characters) and his story is deceptively simple. I was surprised at the humor—there are a few very funny bits, which is ironic because Christopher lacks the ability to express emotions, including humor. I was shocked to discover who killed the dog and happy Christopher made it to London all by himself (mostly). It’s one of those books I’ll recommend to other people without really being able to explain why I’m recommending it.
The last paragraph made me smile, especially the last few words: “…I was brave and I wrote a book and that means I can do anything.” Jae thinks that should be my motto. I’m not so sure, but I suppose there are worse mottos.