Life...The Most Complicated Thought

The unexamined life is not worth living. ~Socrates

The Curious Incident and The Time Traveler's Wife Movie (2 in 1)

The novel "The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time" by Mark Haddon was an interesting and a sweet novel. I enjoyed listening to it. I think the reader, Jeff Woodman, did an excellent job narrating this novel.

The novel is about a 15-year old autistic boy, who is framed for killing a dog. As he unravels the mystery of the murder of the dog, he discovers family secrets. He also learns to conquer his fears.

There were few cons for me. I could not relate to the novel, as I am not aware of any autistic child. I did learn a lot about their behavior through this fictional piece of work. Secondly, I felt that the book started great. However, it sort of went downhill after that. The ending was good. The story was like an upside down bell-curve for me. I am glad I gave it a try. I would give this book 8 out of 10.

I realized that I forgot to blog about the movie, "The Time Traveler's Wife." I can't believe that I forgot. That novel is one of my all-time favorites. I watched the movie on August 23rd. Surprisingly the theater close to my house was not showing the movie.

I loved the movie and enjoyed every second of it. It was tear jerking or in other words, I cried a lot during the movie. I was a little disappointed as I noticed that few characters in the novel were missing in the movie. I wanted to see Ingrid and her girlfriend in the movie. I was also disappointed with the characterization of Gomez. Gomez is not nice and supportive in the book, but in the movie, he is presented as a good person and a good friend. Lastly, I thought that the movie could have done a better job depicting Henry's death. I felt that too much was left to viewer's imagination regarding his downfall and ultimately his death. I understand that there were time limitations on the movie. It was 1 hr and 48 minutes. I wouldn't have minded 2 hrs and 30 min. movie if they had included all the scenes and the characters. I still loved it and this movie is definitely going to be part of my future video collection. I would give the book and the movie 10 out of 10.

I really really want to listen to The Time Traveler's Wife. I read the novel, and I want to give audio book a try. But having so many books on my plate, I think this audio book will have to wait. Maybe I should retire from my job, spend all my money on books and audio books, and spend all day reading and listening. What a thought... :)