Friday, June 5, 2015

Book Club: The Curious Incident...

"Prime numbers are what is left when you have taken all the patterns away.  I think prime numbers are like life.  They are very logical but you could never work out the rules, even if you spent all your time thinking about them."
I absolutely loved The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time by Mark Haddon.  Mary's selection was a great pick for our group.  And it didn't hurt that the book had been turned into a play that is currently showing on Broadway!  Group outing!!

Goodreads Synopsis:
Christopher John Francis Boone knows all the countries of the world and their capitals and every prime number up to 7,057. He relates well to animals but has no understanding of human emotions. He cannot stand to be touched. And he detests the color yellow.

Although gifted with a superbly logical brain, for fifteen-year-old Christopher everyday interactions and admonishments have little meaning. He lives on patterns, rules, and a diagram kept in his pocket. Then one day, a neighbor's dog, Wellington, is killed and his carefully constructive universe is threatened. Christopher sets out to solve the murder in the style of his favourite (logical) detective, Sherlock Holmes. What follows makes for a novel that is funny, poignant and fascinating in its portrayal of a person whose curse and blessing are a mind that perceives the world entirely literally.

Each of us commented on how quickly we were able to read the book, but how much of it really stuck with us as we finished the novel.  It truly made an impact.  Helping us to better understand not only a person like Christopher, but also for those in daily contact with him - parents, teachers, neighbors.  Personally, I have first-hand experience with some of the intricacies and oddities of Asperger's Syndrome/Autism via family members affected by it.  This book is completely spot on in providing a fascinating look into the mind and world of a young boy with this disorder.  In many scenes, the play was a word-for-word regurgitation of the book making it equally as powerful.  I did enjoy the additional points of humor on stage and the incredibly technologically savvy set.  Quite impressive.  The play is nominated for six Tony Awards...and I am certain it will win something!!

I loved that prime number seats were specifically identified throughout the theater. Especially since all the chapters in the book were only labeled with prime numbers.  Genius idea!  The card in the seat pocket indicated that a special prize awaited any audience member with a prime number name.  Each letter was given a numerical value from 1 to 26 with A being 1, B being 2, C being 3, and so on.  As it turns out, I'm prime!!  My value added up to 43...and I got a button to celebrate!

Have you read this book?
Is your name prime?

Andrea :)

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