Hi novel readers!

In this blog we can discuss the form and content of Mark Haddon's novel from 2003. Hopefully, we will have many creative an interesting discussions on our way towards a better understanding of the book.

Your personal opinions are very welcome here, but remember to be relevant and argue your points in an adult and proper manner. As a rule I (JT) will post questions and statements for you to answer and reflect upon, but you may also start your own discussions. If you do, remember to be relevant and serious.

Good luck!

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Topic 11: The ending of the novel

We eventually get to know Christopher's mother. Where is your sympathy in the conflict between the two parents? Why? (Don't forget to vote in the poll as well)

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Topic 10: Plot and theme

Post the plot and theme summaries that you just wrote in class. Leave out any names, so that others can guess which story it is..

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Topic 9: What should literature be?

You can always dismiss fiction as being less than real life, and the question of realism is a heavily debated topic in literary analysis. Should literature strive to immitate relaity, or is this too simple. Is perhaps the escape from reality the main pointof a made up universe and an imagined story? Reflect on this and try to bring "The Curious Incident" into your discussion.

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Topic 8: Lists

Christopher loves lists. Make your personal top five list of some sort. Remember to briefly state why you chose this particular list. Top five could also be in a negative sense.

Topic 7 Questions for your mates:

Try to come up with good questions about the book for others to answer. Write them down as a comment here for others to reply to. This can not be yes/no questions, but should open up for individual interpretation. 

Topic 6 Plot

The actions and events in the novel are often referred to as the story. First this happens, and then that happens, and so on chronologically. But the author often decides to tell the story bit by bit, and not always in a chronological way. A novel may even start right at the end of the story. We call this the plot of a novel. When we discuss the plot we also look closely at why things happen, how one thing leads to another.

Write a short summary of the plot in the last three chapters you read. If you finished the novel already, choose three chapters which do not spoil the outcome of the novel and the murder mystery.

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Topic 5 Father and son

Christopher lives with his father, and throughout the novel there are several incidents where conflict arises between them, but also where love is directly or indirectly shown. Bring up an example from the text an comment on it. Try also to give a response to someone else.