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Saturday, May 13, 2006

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

That's the title of the last book that I've just finished reading, and I really enjoyed it!

Christopher Boone, a fifteen year old boy, one night finds his neighbor's dog killed in the garden, so he decides that he must investigate and clear out the case. Just telling the story in such a way doesn't seem to make it any interesting, no?... Well, the point is that Christopher suffers from Asperger's syndrome, a kind of autism that makes him see things in a different way. He's very intelligent and skilled in mathematics and physics; but he doesn't understand people's humor, he hates metaphors and he has a really hard time when trying to interpret people's faces or emotions, he just can't see or imagine what other person can be feeling or thinking, he's blind on this. All this makes him adopt strange or funny habits, like not liking the colors yellow and brown, or being extrictly organized, what he does to feel better and make his life easier. All this coming from the boy himself, being him the narrator, makes the book a really entertaining easy read.

One of the interesting things in this book is that the words "autism" or "Asperger" are never mentioned. It made me get interested on these subjects and do some more research on the net.

It seems that, in the last years, the Asperger's syndrome is becoming more and more popular. It seems that it's diagnosed cases keep increasing without any reasonable explanation. Some call it the geek syndrome, due to the similarities it has with people considering themselves as geeks. It's also interesting to know autists' point of view on this. It took me to learn what the word "neurotypical" (NT) means. It's easy to understand that autists' don't like to be considered not-normal, so they created the "neurotypical syndrome" term to identify all "normal" people. That means, if you aren't an authist, you suffer from neurotypical syndrome. They even make fun of neurotypicals XDD

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