Not many novels generate as much curiosity as this title did when I was handed the book by my cousin. Mark Haddon’s novel was an unknown entity but a curious one at that. I plunged into the book without any expectations. After all, I have been let down by authors who have marketed their words with extreme talent only to have read their final product as a formulaic repetition of a classic situation.
Mark Haddon’s novel is different. A first person perspective, this book is told from the eyes of an autistic teenager who views the world in his own simple, logical way. While the story begins with a murder and the wrongful detention of the protagonist, the tone becomes more personal as the story weaves its way through the life of Christopher.
Without divulging too much there is a level of serenity in the way Christopher looks at the world around him. There is a peace and obvious innocence to what the world means and interspersed with humorous situations that emanate from his disability (all respectfully), this novel is a wonderful read that stayed with me much after I read it. And gauging from the title, it is quirky.