Tuesday, December 1, 2009

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time (101-150)

Early on this section of the book, Christopher describes that his memory is like a film, and he is very good at remembering things. He could tell you something exactly how and when it happend when he was 6 years old. He is 15 now, and very smart for a 15 year old. Although he has behavioral problems, he still does his best, and will be taking a A Level Math class, and he promises to himself that he is going to get an A.
When Christopher got home from school later in the week, he put his book that he was writing down on the table. After that, he went to the living room and watched Blue Planet. That is a show about the world and about the differant ecosystems. His dad comes home, and Christopher forgets that he put the book down on the table. He was "relaxing his guard" (Haddon 109). Christopher's dad gets mad, and is mad that he is writing a book about this. He gets so mad, that he hits Christopher and he hits him back. After the fight, his father takes the book, and goes outside.
A day later, his dad took Christopher to the Zoo. It was to cheer Christopher up. He said things like "I love you Christopher, do you understand that? I do get angry cometimes, but that is because I get worried" (Haddon 118). Christopher said Yes, I understand that you love me, probably just to get his father off his back. After the day they went to the Zoo, he started talking about how he was trying to find the book that his dad took away from him. He started searching, and couldn't find it anywhere. Last place he would search was his fathers bedroom. After a while, he finds this box with a bunch of letters and his book in it. He looks at the letters for awhile, but then hears his fathers van pull up in the drive way. He knew it was time to get out of his fathers room. He took one letter out, and hid the letter under his mattress so his dad wouldn't find it. He didn't bother taking the boo, because if his father found out then his would get angry at him... AGAIN.

He reads the letter, and then finds out that his mother writes to him, and she lives somewhere else, and that she has a differant job. She also lives in London. Now, at this point in the book, Christopher and
I do not know whats going on. This part confused me. And that's when I stopped reading.

"And Father said, "I love you very much, Christopher. Don't you ever forget that. And I know I lose my rag occasionally. I know that I get angry. I know I shout. And I know I shouldn't. But I do it only because I worry about you, because I don't want to see you getting into trouble, because I don't want you to get hurt" (Haddon 118).

My reaction to this quote was...ehh. It was a good excuse for what Chris's father said...but I believe it was more of a rush. I think that the author did not think and did not know what to write, so he just wrote some BS. "Oh, Look I'm an author, and I can write whatever I want to and make the reader wonder" is basically the attitude he has about this book. In fact, I don't even feel like I'm reading a book anymore. It is just him, jumping around from topic to topic in each chapter. Really boring. Was expecting more from this book.

And now a question to all those reading that can be answered in the comments section bellow:
Is the author merely leaning on his characters to make up for a lackluster narrative?

In this case the young autistic lead character is used as a scapegoat, in that, any flaws in continuity, poor pacing or awkward dialog can be easily hand-waved by raising the little red autism flag and saying these details washed straight over the character, nullifying the author from any criticism.

1 comment:

  1. this is such a good question, and one that many folks with/or who work with autistic children have raised. Regarding Haddon's "ability as a writer," he is a good writer, and Christopher as a narrator is not a cover up. In fact, it takes a great deal of skill to have a narrator's voice that is not your own, and keep it up through the entire book. A similar situation happens in William Faulkner's Sound and the Fury" where the 1st chapter is told by a boy who is mentally retarded.