Thursday, July 3, 2008

Summer Reading: Dunces and Dogs!

I recently completed two fantastic books: A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole and The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time by Mark Haddon. If you are looking for a bit of light reading, I highly recommend each of these books.

Dunces is about a well-educated man (Ignatius J. Reilly) who lives with his mother and refuses to utilize his education to support himself. This book is very well written (and not to mention HILARIOUS!). Interesting fact: The author posthumously won a Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, as he commited suicide in 1969 and his book wasn't published until 1980!

Curious Incident is told in the point of view of an autistic boy (Christopher) who wants to solve the murder of a poor little poodle in his neighborhood and ends up uncovering a dark secret of the past. This book is interesting for the fact that it shows you how an autistic person thinks--how his mind works, which I found very intriguing.

So, once again, I show you the covers of the books below--so you have no trouble identifying them at the book store:
A Confederacy of Dunces:

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time:

Happy Reading!!!


NduguNStephie said...

I like the cover on the 2nd book you read =) Poor Puppy!

Susan said...

Thanks for the tip. I'm always looking for a good book. I'll do dunces.