Author: Mark Haddon
Paperback, 221 pages
Published in 2003 by Vintage Books
Reader Category: Older
From the Publisher: Christopher John Francis Boon knows all the countries of the world and their capitals and every prime number up to 7,057. He relates well to animals but has no understanding of human emotions. He cannot stand to be touched. And he detests the color yellow.
This improbable story of Christopher’s quest to investigate the suspicious death of a neighborhood dog makes for one of the most captivating, unusual, and widely heralded novels in recent years.
My Review: The first thing you need to keep in mind when reading this book is that it is written in the first person as the voice of a special needs boy who happens to be brilliant. If you don’t like run-on sentences, take a deep breath and soldier on because they are prevalent here. I must admit that I had an easier time with the sentence structure than I did with the complex technical passages which rendered me somewhat cross-eyed. Having said that, I really did enjoy the story and the way I was able to connect with the characters. Mr. Haddon’s work with autistic children is evident in his portrayal of Christopher and his daily struggles. A very moving book that had me hooked from the first page.