What makes this book so clever and (on the whole) deserving of all the hype is the way it manages to convey such a genuinely different view of the world in such a convincing way. While the protagonist, Christopher, is unable to empathise and see the world as others do, Haddon succeeds in allowing us to understand him. And through Christopher we obtain a new, curious and interesting perspective on our own worlds.
(originally posted to Amazon February 22, 2004)
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