A piece of literature and a cup of tea: reading Mark Haddon's "The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time"

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         J.D. Salinger’s The Catcher In The Rye is one of my favourite books. Simply put it, Salinger is a true writer – a genius, a literary master. It has been a year since I read “The Catcher....”. I haven’t written a book review about it but one thing is for sure for me to describe the book in short words: “a worthy piece of literature that humanity owes to Salinger.” Funny though, my description might look like those fancy, marketing-tactics reviews in books by notable or reputable or charlatan critics, newspaper writers, etc., but everyone will agree that Salinger made himself an historic fiction writer who certainly will make you dwell and immerse in “The Catcher”. The beauty behind Salinger’s book is that the general literary element apparent to most readers is the first-person narration which makes the story not just fictional, but more relatable than any other books. Talk about Harper Lee’s “To Kill A Mockingbird”, a praise-worthy classic which captures readers’ (and mine) attention to real-life portrayal of societal issues, hero worship and the power of child innocence. But relate it to Salinger, the character  Holden Caulfield, becomes the epitome of typical American youth in crisis who later discovers his identity. The progress of the story might make you think it’s going to end bad (because Holden is going nowhere, living a miserable life) but the element of redemption at the end makes the entire story relieving, cathartic in essence (In Lee’s book, Scout and the mysterious Bo Radley became friends, and the scene was the sweetest, most touching in the book [even in the movie]). These two favourite books of mine have close similarities to Mark Haddon’s Whitbread Award-winning novel “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time”. I am currently reading it and I notice the first-person narration makes it even more relatable and easy for readers to be attached to. The character, Chris Boone, has close resemblance to Lee’s and Salinger’s main characters, Scout and Holden: identity crisis, life in misery, me-against-the-world. The first parts of the book are amusing, especially when you read about Chris’s character and eccentric behaviour (one might consider him a fool, weird kid), but Chris portrays the idiosyncratic side of childlike teenager’s innocence. Like Lee’s, the book (though again, I haven’t finished reading it yet) puts familiar elements like child/teenage curiosity leading and contributing to the climactic beauty of the story (Chris, in the book, is on a Sherlock Holmes quest). Spoilers much though but I’m seeing the book to be another favourite read of mine. It just keeps me reminded of To Kill A Mocking Bird and The Catcher in the Rye. In to to, I can’t wait to finish the book (I even like the style of writing), and I want everybody to grab a copy.....trust me, no regrets in reading books, especially this one.Φ


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