|Two Thumbs Up
|Posted by Beth on Jul 20, 2006
|I read this book last summer at the suggestion of a friend and found it was one of the most insightful things I have ever read. Reading from the point of view of the autistic child was something that (not knowing a lot about autism) gave me a small view of what it is like to be stuck in their world.
I agree that it is a must read!!
|Curious Incident, Shadow of the Wind, an
|Posted by jenn_in_ireland on Jul 21, 2006
|I read this book last year and enjoyed it. Christopher is the epitome of the unreliable narrator (as I recall) and that makes for an interesting read.
Paul, I just started reading 'The Shadow of the Wind' by Carlos Ruiz Zafón. I think you might like, although because I'm not very far in I'm a little hesitant to officially recommend it. Reviews of it are mixed, but more positive than negative. Here is an exceprt from About.com
"Carlos Ruiz Zafón's The Shadow of the Wind seems born of a different time. An ode to its own genre, a love song to itself, the story of a boy who is shown the power of a book, one so powerful that it threatens to destroy everything and everyone he loves. The novel Daniel picks transforms him. Written by a Julian Carax, Daniel goes on a quest to find out more about the author and is surprised to learn that other volumes of his books have been disappearing through the hands of a mysterious stranger determined to burn the last remaining few.
Fans of the classics will find the tale utterly compelling, with its magical interweavings of fate, time, and romance, and Zafón's knack for mapping out every inch of a scene through a liquid flow of words. But despite the completely original story line, more contemporary readers might be turned off by its verbose nature and unplausibility."
I also picked up Catch 22 again lately. I've started reading it at least 3 times and for various reasons, I haven't finished it (I had a bad habit of starting books in University and then not finishing them because I had to read a skillion other ones for homework). I absolutely adore the first 1/3 but I seem to lose a bit of interest after that, which I why I think I haven't actually finished it. Has anyone else read it? What did you think? (for the record: I'm not saying after the first third it's bad. I just lose interest. I'm not sure why.)