Mari Membaca Bersama ParisSeptember 22, 2008
Last weekend i borrowed a book from Fye, entitled “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time”, a debut peice by writer Mark Haddon.
Catchy title isn’t it?
I simply fell in love with the character. The story was told with the first-person narrative of Christopher Boone, a fifteen-year-old boy with Asperger’s Syndrome. He knows all of the countries in the world as well as their capital, as well as all primary number up to 7057. He knows a great deal about math and physics, but very little about human being. He never travel further away than the end of the raod where he lives. He likes lists, patterns, the truth, and red colours. he hates being touched and the colour yellow and brown. When a neighbour’s dog was killed, Christopher embarks on a journey that turned his whole life upside down. he decided to investigate who murdered the dog, and recorded all his findings in this cute little book which he titled “the Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night time”.
The book is innocently funny, and touching at the same time. i don’t know how to describe it, because i am not such a good review, but i can tell you, it was one of the most amazing books i have ever read. not only the title is catchy, the way it is written is different. rather than using the common 1,2,3 and so on numbers as the chapter, Christopher Boone (the narrator, not the writer), use the primary number of 1, 3, 5, 7, 11, and so on as the chapter numbers. i simply can’t give a review or else it won’t do the book the justice it deserves. however, here are some excerpts from the book in case you’re wondering :
And it means that sometimes a whole population of frogs, or worms, or people, can die for no reason whatsoever, just because that is the way the numbers work.
Prime numbers are useful for writing codes and in America they are classed as Military Material and if you find one over 100 digits long you would have to tell the CIA and they buy it off you for $10,000.
This will not be a funny book. I cannot tell jokes because I do not understand them. Here is a joke, as an example. It is one of father’s. “His face was drawn but the curtains were real”. I know why this is meant to be funny. I asked. It is because drawn has three meanings, and they are (1) drawn with a pencil, (2) exhausted, and (3) pulled across a window, and meaning 1 refers to both the face and the curtains, meaning 2 refers only to the face and meaning 3 refers only to the curtains.”
and a lot more. did i mention he also inserts some math diagram to make the readers understand how math works in his case? interesting and amusing. this is a must read! go get one!
i was also intorduced to another writer called “david sedaris” by a friend, and i totally love it. his writings are hillarious, kinda like enche*karim English version, and i laugh at every single line, i think. so i bought one of his book, entitled “me talk pretty one day”. the title tells it all, don’t you think?