Friday, May 26, 2006

Let barking dogs bark. Even if it's in the dead of the night.

I read Mark Haddon’s The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time. The curious thing about it is that it’s labeled ‘Children’s Fiction’, even won the Whitbread Book of the Year Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize and the Booktrust Teenage Fiction Award last year. No, I don’t mean its winning all those prestigious awards is curious. I mean it being slotted as juvenile fiction. I know its chief protagonist is an autistic 15-year-old with Behavioural Problems and Level A High Math ambitions. The content is strictly grown-up, though, dude. Look at the question the child poses. Does God exist? What happens when you die? And, stuff like that. And, though his ‘model’ for the mystery novel he’s writing is The Hound of the Baskervilles, the dénouement is far from conventional. Haddon’s interview:

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