A WRITER'S WIT
My Book World
A friend and former pupil recommended this book to me, and I put it on my Want-to-Read list right away. I’m glad I did.
Few writers, even those of Young Adult books, are able to capture both the voice and heart of a child character in such a way that all the chords ring true. Yet Haddon has managed to do so quite effectively.
Christopher is a bright child, who may also be autistic. Haddon never actually says. The boy knows all the prime numbers up to 7,057. At the same time he has a terrible time understanding abstractions such as metaphors.
“The second main reason [that Christopher finds people confusing] is that people often talk using metaphors. These are examples of metaphors
I laughed my socks off.
He was the apple of her eye.
They had a skeleton in the cupboard.
We had a real pig of a day.
The dog was stone dead.
The word metaphor means carrying something form one place to another, and it comes from the Greek words . . . .
I think it should be called a lie because a pig is not like a day and people do not have skeletons in the cupboards. And when I try and make a picture of the phrase in my head it just confuses me” (15).
In the bargain, he discovers much more than he had hoped to. In fact, the trail leads right up to the door where he and his father live. The narrative is complicated by the fact that Christopher makes a startling discovery about his parents’ relationship. He must grow up and overcome whatever disability he might have—all at the same time.
An excellent read, as they say, but also a fine work of literature, well worth the time.
NEXT TIME: MLPR Podcast 6 "My Long-Playing Records"
Date of Original Post:
11/13/14 — Introduction to My Long-Playing Records
11/20/14 — "My Long-Playing Records" — The Story
11/27/14 — "A Certain Kind of Mischief"
12/04/14 — "Ghost Riders"
12/11/14 — "The Best Mud"
12/18/14 — "Handy to Some"
12/25/14 — "Blight"
01/01/15 — "A Gambler's Debt"
01/09/15 — "Tales of the Millerettes"
01/15/15 — "Men at Sea"
01/22/15 — "Basketball Is Not a Drug"
01/29/15 — "Engineer"
02/05/15 — "Snarked"
02/12/15 — "Killing Lorenzo"
02/19/15 — "The Age I Am Now"
02/26/15 — "Bathed in Pink"
03/12/15 — "A Certain Kind of Mischief"
03/26/15 — "The Best Mud"
04/02/15 — "Handy to Some"
04/07/15 — "Tales of the Millerettes"
04/14/15 — "Men at Sea"