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Old 04 April 2014, 10:31 PM
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It really is a very excellent book. Well worth reading.

The narrator is a boy most likely on the autism spectrum. He loves math, but doesn't always understand everything he hears people say. I don't know that Mark Haddon was trying to make a joke or a point other than showing the quirky sort of thing that the character would "know." Of course, it's possible that the book isn't the origin, in which case it's possible that Haddon included it thinking it was a fact, or if not, that it was the sort of thing Christopher would hear and believe.
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