Man Booker Prize Nominee for Longlist (2003)
Whitbread Award for Novel and Book of the Year (2003)
Commonwealth Writers’ Prize for Best First Book Overall
McKitterick Prize (2004)
Los Angeles Times Book Prize (2003)
Exclusive Books Boeke Prize (2004)
Who decides what is a good fiction for Children ? Does children get to decide what is a good book for them? These were my predominant thoughts when I was reading this book.
15 year old Christopher is obsessed about one thing – to find who killed Mrs Shears’s dog which was found in her backyard with a garden fork in its body. He plays a child detective by doing snooping around his neighbourhood.
The blurb from Goodreads.com:
“Christopher John Francis Boone knows all the countries of the world and their capitals and every prime number up to 7,057. He relates well to animals but has no understanding of human emotions. He cannot stand to be touched. And he detests the color yellow.
This improbable story of Christopher’s quest to investigate the suspicious death of a neighborhood dog makes for one of the most captivating, unusual, and widely heralded novels in recent years.”
This book as a whole failed to make any impression on me. It is true there were some sensible parts, but most of it sounded so unrealistic. And there are lot of scientific theories to convince readers that Christopher is specially gifted though he is a 15 – year old suffering from Asperger’s syndrome or something of similar sort.
I enjoyed reading some part of the book, but somehow the writing style which is in the POV of a 15-year old was not convincing. I would pass this book as an OK book, but never ever could figure out how this book got so many awards.
Sorry one more award winning book which is not of my kind.
Publisher: Red Fox
First Release: May 2003
UBC Day# 5
This post is a part of the Ultimate Blogging Challenge – July 2013 during which I strive to post at least once a day.