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On Vox: Curiously fascinating

I picked up the curious incident of the dog in the night-time based on a recommendation. The idea of a book told from the point of view of an autistic teenager seemed unusual.

What I didn't expect was such a fast-paced emotional read. I finished this book in less than a week, which is unusual for me these days. At first I was drawn to the story of this boy who is trying to figure out who murdered the neighbor's dog. And I loved the quirkiness - he decides whether he's going to have a good or bad day based on how many red and yellow cars he sees on the way to school - after all, it's no less arbitrary than someone deciding based on the weather (if that person spends the day inside).

But this book is much more than a mystery. Although we do learn "whodunit", we also go on an emotional roller coaster, as Christopher learns the truth about his family and explores outside his comfort zone.

Originally posted on mmarques.vox.com

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pisica
Aug. 9th, 2007 08:01 am (UTC)
See how the dedication in that book is to Sos? That's my external examiner for my thesis. No, I didn't get to meet her husband. :)
linden_tree
Aug. 10th, 2007 12:23 am (UTC)
I loved this book :)
rcloenen_ruiz
Aug. 15th, 2007 06:15 am (UTC)
I also enjoyed reading this book. It was one of those rare finds in the bookshop near where I live. One of the non-dutch books that wasn't a thriller or romance.

I love the title. Very catchy and hooky. I wish I could make titles like that. *sighs*
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