I’m not a fan of big crowds, either

William Schofield, an eighteen-year-old student with Asperger’s syndrome, reviews Mark Haddon’s The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time for the Guardian:

Can you, though, diagnose a fictional character? My answer to the question is that you cannot. I think that Mark Haddon may not have intentionally set out to write about someone with this particular condition as he frequently just describes Christopher as having “some sort of disability”, but may have ended up doing it anyway; the similarities are very convincing between Chris and me especially, in my opinion.

These characteristics are:

I, like Chris, like my food separate.

I don’t like big crowds.

I don’t like new places.

I don’t like new ideas.

When unhappy I use my database of films in my head to play a certain scene.

I find it hard to talk to people and make myself understood.

I would say that Christopher and I are pretty similar but I am older, more mature and more aware of the way the “normal” world works.


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