Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Book Club #25: The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

Hey guys! As many of you know (and all of you should by now), I run an online book club here on the blog; the main goal is to find cool novels to share with you and, also, to prove a point that you can be into fashion and read more than magazines. Today's entry is a really peculiar one, written from a perspective that I haven't heard before. Book Club #25 is The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, by Mark Haddon.

// ¡Hola amigos! Como muchos de ustedes saben (y ya todos deberían saber a estas alturas), llevo un club del libro online aquí en el blog; la meta principal es encontrar novelas buenas para compartir con ustedes y, además, probar que te puede gustar la moda y leer cosas más allá de revistas. La entrada de hoy es bastante peculiar, escrita desde una perspectiva que nunca había escuchado. El Book Club #25 es The Curious Inicident of the Dog in the Night-Time, de Mark Haddon.  
Book Club The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
There are many things in this world that I don't understand... It's impossible to truly grasp a situation from a distance, you need to immerse into it and analyse it from within. One of my favourite metaphors is that, in order to change the course of a hurricane, you need to be in the eye of it. Mark Haddon does that on this novel: he puts on the shoes of an autistic boy and shares his views on a life that most of us would deem ordinary but, for him, is a daily battle.

Christopher, the main character, is an incredibly smart young man; he knows a million different geographical facts and he's a math genius; however, he can't understand human emotion, he's not good with people and avoids physical contact with everyone. On a regular day, his neighbour's dog is killed and he sets his sights on solving the mystery, Sherlock Holmes-style, unfolding many other riddles from his life, that he's unaware of, on the way.

This book is different from everything I've read before because of how it's written. Yes, there's nothing new in having a teenage boy as a POV character but his perspective, as autistic, is the added value. Whenever he feels stressed, scared or confident you feel that way too. Many times I felt frustrated and annoyed while reading this but I think that's how the author wants you to feel, he wants you to feel the struggle of being autistic and that's what makes this novel worth reading.

// Hay muchas cosas en este mundo que no entiendo... Es imposible comprender completamente una situación desde la distancia, es necesario sumergirse en ésta y analizarla desde adentro. Una de mis metáforas favoritas es que, para poder cambiar la ruta del huracán, tienes que estar en el ojo de éste. Mark Haddon hace eso con esta novela: se pone en los zapatos de un niño autista y comprarte su visión de una vida que muchos de nosotros consideraríamos ordinaria pero, para él, es una batalla diaria.

Christopher, el personaje principal, es un chavito increíblemente inteligente; conoce un millón de datos geográficos y es un genio de las matemáticas; sin embargo, él no puede entender las emociones humanas, no es bueno con la gente y evade el contacto físico con todos. En un día como cualquier otro, el perro de sus vecinos es asesinado y el hace una meta personal para descubrir el misterio, estilo Sherlock Holmes, encontrando muchos otras respuestas de su vida en el camino.

Este libro es diferente a todo lo que he leído antes por la forma en que está escrito. Sí, no hay algo nuevo en tener a un adolescente como narrador pero su perspectiva, como autista, es el valor agregado. Cada vez que él se siente abrumado, asustado o valiente, te hace sentir igual. Muchas veces me sentí frustrado y harto al leer esto pero creo que es así cómo el autor quiere que te sientas, quiere que sientas el conflicto del autismo y eso es lo que vuelve a esta novela algo digno de leer.
If you're willing to give this book a go, head over to Book Depository and buy it, along with more titles from Mark Haddon.

Love always,
Henry.

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