"Well, there is only one piece of advice I can give you," said the wisest of wise men. "The secret of happiness is to see all the marvels of the world and never to forget the drops of oil on the spoon."

('The Alchemist' Paulo Coelho)

Thursday, December 30, 2004

A book for Bedtime

I am ashamed to say that I read far less these days than I have ever done - mostly due to time devoted to blogging, which includes reading other people's blogs, I know, but I don't seem to read books as I used to. However, I have made up for that to some extent during these holidays and I am in the middle of a particularly good novel at present called 'The curious incident of the dog in the night-time' by Mark Haddon. More details here. It's a murder mystery novel with a difference; it is narrated by 15 year old Christopher Boone who has Asperger's Syndrome, a condition within the Autism spectrum in which sufferers find it difficult to relate to other people, form relationships with them or understand their emotions, facial expressions etc. The story begins as Christopher discovers a neighbour's dog lying dead on the lawn and, after being falsely accused himself, decides to investigate the mystery and discover who killed it. I won't spoil it by revealing any more, but the reason I find it such compelling reading is that the author is able to show such a wonderful insight into the mind of an autistic person as Christopher tells his story. It's well worth a read.

1 comment:

Snowbabies said...

Happy New Year

Wishing you all the best and a great one to come

Paul & Debbie.x.


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