I just finished reading it today. What a great little book. The autistic narrator definitely reminds me of some of the kids that I tutor. I especially liked the part where he confidently explains why heaven doesn’t exist.
The ending did give me a Judy Blume flashback, though. And I would have had more sympathy for the dead dog if it had been something other than a repulsive poodle!
For one, an interesting look at autism as far as I know.
Two, you just kind of indentify with the main character so much it drags you in. Good job on the author’s part, too, because it takes a lot more than just making a character autistic and innocent to get you to sympathize so much.
I hope that Christopher does Maths at uni and does well.
I have a friend whose cousin’s children are mildly autistic. She does NOT like the book, because(according to her) Christopher is neither a pure Asberger’s type or an autistic type.
I think it was because I had already read the immeasurably superior and entirely overlooked book The Speed of Dark by Elizabreth Moon. It is also a first-person story told from the perspective of a high-functioning autistic individual. Moon’s teenaged son is autistic, so she actually has vast experience in observing how autisitic people relate (or not) to the rest of the world.
Huh, yeah, I was with a couple of psychologists the other day and they were discussing whether the kid had more autistic or asbergers symptoms. It never actually says in the book what his dagnosis is (IIRC.)
I read that at the same time as TCIotDitN, but I like them both. Speed of Dark is deeper, I think. Of course they’re also different genres (Speed of Dark being SF, for those who haven’t read it) and the narrators are very different kinds of people. I definitely second your recommendation of Speed of Dark to anyone who likes TCIotDitN.
You ‘do’ a school subject. That can be at any level of school, but is moe noticeable at university level. As 1920s Death Ray said, that goes for all school subjects, not just maths. I guess it could sound like a Christopherism though.
No it isn’t. It takes place in a near-future (one just barely different from our own) but otherwise the plot unfolds as your standard fiction narrative.
Because Elizabeth Moon is rather well known for writing SF, The Speed of Dark got relegated to the SF ghetto (and roundly ignored). But aside from the fact that it does not take place exactly now, there’s nothing science fiction about it.
Excuse me while I froth a little bit more about this injustice.
It does also involve a new wonderdrug, plus relatively common space-travel (relative to now, that is, which makes the time rather different). That’s why I’d classify it as SF - soft SF - more than non-gen drama. Either way, it’s great.