Thursday, March 23, 2006

Death by Garden Fork

The Place: Swindon, UK
The Vic: Poodle, standard. Name of Wellington.
The Suspect: Boone, Christopher John Francis. 15 years. Autistic savant.

But young Boone didn’t do it, and he’s defying the cops, the neighbors, and his own father as he tries to unravel the mystery of “Who Killed Wellington?”

“I like Sherlock Holmes, but I do not like Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, who was the author of the Sherlock Holmes stories.” (p. 88)
Christopher likes Holmes so much, in fact, that he names the book he’s writing (as a school project) after a line uttered by the world’s most famous P.I. in his story “Silver Blaze” [Dec 1892, The Strand Magazine].

“The curious incident of the dog in the night-time” [2003], in reality a novel by one Mark Haddon, is Christopher Boone’s chronicle of his freelance investigation into his furry friend’s “murder,” and alternately (literally every alternate chapter) his commentary on life in general.

What Christopher J. F. B. doesn’t know is that his “detective game” is going to lead him to secrets he never knew existed about his neighborhood—and himself.

Thanks to a concisely chaptered plot, I finished the book in a single day, pleased to have done so. It is a novel that could be described as ‘tricking’ the reader into thinking. A well-researched look at autism and a brief study of the nature of consequences.

In summary:
Superbly written, poignant yet realistic, “Curious Incident” easily absorbs the reader.

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