If it weren’t required reading for a course I’m taking, I would never have known about–much less picked up a copy of–The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, by Mark Haddon. But if the discovery of this book is the only thing I take away from the course, the course will have been worth it.
The story is told through the eyes of Christopher, a 15-year-old boy with Asperger Syndrome. His view of the world is extraordinary–literally. I felt that Haddon somehow recreated that view of the world and made me experience it. I’d also suggest the film Temple Grandin as a similar (and also successful) exploration of a different way some people experience the world. It’s worth understanding. Both the book and the movie stretched the way I think about … reality.