by Eric Pudalov, Community Events Coordinator
Inspector Gregory: Is there any point to which you would wish to draw my attention?
IG: The dog did nothing in the night-time.
SH: That was the curious incident.
This exchange, taken from Sir Arthur Conan Doyle‘s Sherlock Holmes story “Silver Blaze,” was in part the inspiration for the title of Mark Haddon‘s fantastic novel, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time.
The story is told from the point-of-view of fifteen-year-old Christopher John Francis Boone, an autistic with great mathematical gifts, yet one who suffers socially and emotionally in the “outside world.”
Being that Georgia Community Support and Solutions is in the process of starting our Georgia Adult Autism Program, I thought The Curious Incident to be great recommended reading for those who wish to gain greater insight into the thought process of these individuals.
While it’s quite difficult, at times, to imagine oneself in the place of someone with a disability or mental illness, things such as literature and fine art are often the closest one can come. Authors, artists, and poets strive to place themselves in the mindset of the mentally ill person, and in the process, often create a very realistic vision.
The purpose of our Georgia Adult Autism Program, in part, is to integrate these individuals into the community. The narrator of The Curious Incident, clearly, has been sheltered from the world at large, and thus is overwhelmed and frightened when he’s forced to leave the comfort of his home and explore the “wilds” of London.
In any case, I plan on making an official announcement when our program is up-and-running; if you are indeed “curious,” I recommend Mark Haddon’s novel as part of an introduction to the complex world of autism.
- The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time | GrrlScientist (guardian.co.uk)