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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.

Posted by Kristina in Writing
  • Anonymous says:

    I agree with your comments on Curious. It’s an interesting read that can be recommended but there just seems to be something missing…. something which keeps it from being a really good book. I’m not quite sure what it is but it seems to have more potential than perspective, especially in the second half of the book which gets a little repetitive at times and loses its focus. Still, it’s an different view and idea that I wish were expanded a little more. 
    I read this right after I read The Time Travellers Wife so maybe that’s why I was disappointed. While I understand the topics are different, with one not being based in reality, Time Traveller was put together well. Because of the attention it brought to autism, I wish I could say the same for Curious.

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