Seeing that The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time was first released in 2003, I am officially WAY behind in reading prize winning books that deserve to be read. I’m okay with that though. One of these days, I will either catch up or just give up, when the pile of books has simply grown too high. Let’s face it, with a reading habit like mine, it’s just never going to happen. I am far too roller coaster for lofty reading goals.
Shameful. Totally shameful.
I didn’t know a whole lot about The Curious when I finally got around to picking it up. It was one of those books that I had always looked at (when, you know, it was still really popular and on the “books to read” shelves in the book store), but never really looked into. I could only recall hearing great things about it and since it seemed so highly recommended, threw it onto my must read one day list.
Enter the ever wonderful university book sale and bam, the book finally finds itself on my bookshelves.
After finishing up The Future of Us, I decided I wanted to venture back into the realm of adult fiction, rather than diving headfirst into yet another YA book. I picked out The Curious as my next book, not realising, somehow, that it was written from the perspective of Christopher, an autistic 15 year old boy, and so, wasn’t venturing very far away from the easy read young adult novels.
It was a neat perspective to read, however, and yet, it was also a perspective that made me feel guilty at times for feeling frustrated with Christopher’s choices, actions and decisions.
It was, also, the first book that compelled me to dog ear a page and highlight a passage. I haven’t done this in a book since, oh, 2009? As much as I may have enjoyed the novels I’ve been reading, they just haven’t been moving me enough to want to highlight them.
Then again, I’m mostly big on noting observances or statements about life, who we are, and how we deal. That kind of thing hasn’t been in most of the books I’ve been reading.
Prime numbers are what is left when you have taken all the patterns away. I think prime numbers are like life. They are very logical but you could never work out the rules, even if you spent all your time thinking about them. (p.12)
It was nice returning to a book that was real. Rather than reading about magic, time travel, super powers, werewolves or alternate realities, I read about “real life,” so to speak. Every once in a while, that’s a nice change. Keeps things fresh.
Christopher’s character really helped draw the story telling down many paths, which is something that I’ve always enjoyed in books. I like when characters have tangents and discuss ideas or theories they have, rather than simply narrating a sequence of events. I like seeing their personality. I like seeing the way their brains work. I like diving into concepts about things, no matter how abstract. Christopher was just enough random and just enough structure to make it work.
I’m not really surprised that it won awards.
I’m surprised that it took me so long to get to it.
People believe in God because the world is very complicated and they think it is very unlikely that anything as complicated as a flying squirrel or a the human eye or a brain could happen by chance. But they should think logically and if they thought logically they would see that they can only ask this question because it has already happened and they exist. And there are billions of planets where there is no life, but there is no one on those planets with brains to notice. And it is like if everyone in the world was tossing coins eventually someone would get 5,698 heads in a row and they would think they were very special. But they wouldn’t be because there would be millions of people who didn’t get 5,698 heads.
And people who believe in God think God has put human beings on the earth because they think human beings are the best animal, but human beings are just an animal and they will evolve into another animal, and that animal will be cleverer and it will put human beings into a zoo, like we put chimpanzees and gorillas into a zoo. Or human beings will all catch a disease and die out or they will make too much pollution and kill themselves, and then there will only be insects in the world and they will be the best animal. (p.164-165)Leave a comment