be compared to a tapestry that, once started in the reader's mind, continues to grow. (AW) The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon Doubleday, 2003, 226 pp., $8.40 (paper) Mark Haddon's The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time is a little gem of a book that illuminates a subject currently rising in the public's consciousness: autism. Christopher John Francis Boone is fifteen, autistic and possessed of an extraordinary mind that can recall all the countries of the world and their capitals, plus every prime number to 7,057. But he is literally clueless about how to empathize with other people--or even that he should empathize with them. He lives in a world of almost pure phenomenology and subsequent sensory overload. "I see everything," he says. Cut off from normal human interactions, unable to link events resulting from the interactions of others and powerless to appreciate the richness and purpose of those contacts, Christopher retreats into a world of pure logic, but it is logic so attenuated that it becomes skewed and, to the reader, chilling. Finding humans too complex, Christopher prefers the company of his pet rat, Toby, and of dogs. When
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Published: Oct 8, 2004
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