April 04, 2006

Haddon, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time 2 -- Jerz: Intro to Literary Study (EL150)

one thing i noticed aboutis that it stated how incomplete a life is that depends mainly on logic. I also feel that this book reflects alot on the ironies in life. I felt that this book had a great ending, however i sort of had a tiny huntch that his dad killed the dog, im not quite sure what led me to believe that but i did. i also agree with andy, I felt Chris doesn’t express emotions like we do. For example, he feels bad for the dog so he wants to find out who killed it, but he doesn’t cry or get scared. in a case scenerio like that anyone esle woulb be frightened.

Posted by SarahLodzsun at April 4, 2006 04:58 PM

Fear is one of our chief reactions when facing the unknown. So much of the world that we take for granted was unknown to Christopher, from facial expressions to metaphors. Haddon sets up the situation well, such that the emotional roller-coaster really gets going with Christopher discovering his father lied to him, when telling the truth is so important to him, and this pact of truth-telling was part of the relationship he had with his father.

Posted by: Dennis G. Jerz at April 4, 2006 05:21 PM

That really makes sense to me. Christopher may not have expressed emotion like we do, but he still had so much fear. I never thought about how we take for granted the expressions and just enjoyable parts of life that Christopher doesn't get to feel. He is left out. I think Haddon does a great job of making us feel this emotion.

Posted by: Andy LoNigro at April 4, 2006 07:09 PM

You're right that he doesn't show emotion, Sarah. I like that fact that as he continues to grow in the story, he seems to have more reactions to sad events. He gets sick when he's nervous and he even said he wanted to go back home once he was in London. He's starting to gain more control towards the end as he realizes that although he doesn't like change, he might as well continue applying logic to deal with it. Sometimes, when you need to complete a task, it would be nice to turn off your strong emotions so that you don't get in too deep.

Posted by: Erin Waite at April 4, 2006 08:19 PM

I agree, Dad killing the dog was certainly a surprise. Christopher's adventures on the train and at his mother's house were certainly interesting... although the novel seemed to fade away and become more general and compact as the chapters went on.

Posted by: Mike Rubino at April 4, 2006 09:05 PM
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