It's been quite a few years since I first read The Curious Incident in the Nighttime. Back then it was for the Sheffield Children's Book Awards where it ran away with the Book of the Year Award. Essentially it was a novel for young Adults. It was one of the books that truly earns the title of a crossover novel. It attracted readers from every age and stood on top of the book charts for months. A remarkable feat for any book.
It was also one of my book club reads for this year. I wondered if the book would be as fresh today as it felt back then. Would it still hold up in the face of similar novels that had been written since. Sometimes time and distance doesn't work in a books favour, although you may come at it from a fresh different angle.
Rest assured it was still as good and compelling to read as it was back then. You can never have your socks blown off a second time. When it was published it was a breath of fresh air in a tired marketplace. Now many books have been written from an autistic viewpoint, so the very idea of that happening has long since flown the coop. Yet the voice of Christopher is as real now as it seemed on a first read.
I could go on for ages about how the prime numbered chapters added a new element to reading, how the use of swearing added to the realism (Incidentally some schools refused it on reading lists due to the use of the language, claiming it would embarrass the teacher.). Yet the story and Christophers complex character carries the day.
It's still the essential read that it was when it came out. Minority voices need to be heard more often in novels. Really enjoyed my reread and can heartily recommend to anyone.