WOOOHOOO! This is my second book recommendation for a book by Mark Haddon. Mark Haddon is also the first author to have two book recommendations on the blog. So, if Mark Haddon you are reading somewhere, “How does it feel?” (Oh god that’s lame but I think this continues the tradition of starting a recommendation with bad jokes)
But there is of course a reason why Mark Haddon has appeared twice on the list. Even though this is my fourth recommendation, and it might not look so grand, but I’m pretty sure I could’ve been on the fiftieth and Mark Haddon would still be the first. This is because Mark Haddon is special. His books are a wonder to read. And the way he writes, it’s nothing short of magic.
In “A Spot of Bother”, he writes about characters with such grace and elegance and tells the story from four different perspectives of members of the same family. Like I said, I didn’t want that book to end. Even though I’ve read four more books since “A Spot of Bother”, that book still lingers on in my mind, a book that somehow, makes a lot of other books fail in comparison.
“The Curious Incident of the dog in the Night-Time” was the first book of Haddon’s I ever read. And since then, this book has been special. I believe every book, every movie, every video game or any medium of art makes you feel something. It can be happiness, anger, repulsion or any other emotion in the spectrum. What separates all these feelings are the way in which you feel them. Sometimes the feeling is strong but lasts only a short while. Sometime it lasts months before something similar overpowers it. But then some things make you feel such that you can never truly forget them. They always linger on in your head and you find yourself telling people about it, even years after you read it the previous time. “The Curious Incident of the dog in the Night-Time” is such a book.
This is because this is such beautiful, beautiful book. Because it tells a story of a boy who looks at the world differently and teaches everyone else as well how life can be looked at. And the boy teaches us simple concepts and complicated things, like the Monty Hall Problem, or how a metaphor is also a metaphor, and what are Red Herrings and how the galaxy is and what the character dreams about. And this boy has been described so well, everything he does, be it how he plays with a dog, or how he shivers, you can clearly imagine the boy doing all those things. That boy is Christopher.
Christopher Boone, a boy who is 15 years, 3 months and 2 days at the start of the novel and a little bit older by the end. Who I will not describe in any detail because everyone must experience Christopher first hand. Christopher shares how he views the world and it has you hooked from the first page, with, damn, I don’t want to describe it. It’ll ruin it for everyone. Here’s the things, if you’ve read the book, sound off in the comments or mail me about Christopher.
Christopher is one of those rare characters that you remember long after you last read the book. You won’t remember everything about him, but something about him that interested you. Christopher is like that memory that gets attached to certain things. Like listening to a song and a memory comes up. Some of the things that Christopher teaches you, and if they are new, the moment you think about them, you’ll also think “Christopher”.
This book is certainly something I cherish reading, and while it is not in the league of “A Thousand Splendid Suns” or “The Fault in our Stars” (My two favourite books), it is still special. And also, you will have to read chapters numbered up to 233, and the book has 267 pages. SO I guess that won’t be an issue. But also, the chapters are of variable length, they can be half a page, or five pages, or like the last chapter of 23 pages. But, but, how is it possible? I urge you to read the book and find out!