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Another Candidate for the Diogenes Club?
on 11 April 2017
This is a wonderful book, a real (and surprising) page turner. It is a diary or chronicle of the life of 15 year old Christopher John Francis Boone, who loves animals, puzzles, is amazingly good at maths…. and has ASD. Things pan out, we meet his neighbours and his parents, as Christopher strives to solve (he is also a fan of Sherlock Holmes, but not Sir Arthur Conan Doyle) the titular case, concerning the violent death of a neighbour’s dog. As the story unfolds, Christopher has to brave a much wider, hostile world, and confront his relationships with his mother and father. In this task he resembles another fictional teenager, Adrian Mole, struggling to come to terms with his life whilst being a part (even the cause) of his parents’ dysfunctional and mutually self-destructive relationship.
How Christopher succeeds in his quest, and achieves a happy(ish) ending, is the warmth at the heart of this book. Along the way we meet people who react to Christopher’s condition with a mixture of incredulity, hostility and not a little kindness. As an insight into the mind of someone with autism it seems very authentic, as a parable for coping with life – in that Christopher manages his condition in a logical and mathematically elegant way – and could teach his bickering, frustrated parents some essential coping strategies, it is a strangely compelling tale of everyman.