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Curious Incident: Pages 45 - 88

#24: Feb. - Mar. 2006 (Fiction)

Re: Memory

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I think I can clear up some of these 'inconsistencies'. Both highlighted invovle a particular phrase. There is a process commen to many autists whereby they will store phrases, and play them back at a plausible point. You can believe you have engaged in a conversation, then come away and realise that the person has not used their own words, but picked up on phrases, and played them back in.This also touches on Jade's point, which is very pertinent, about the reliability of the narrator. This is a particular issue, especially when you are hearing the story from, say, Holden Caulfield, when you need to measure each sentence against the clues you have picked up from the rest of the text.So what we have in a lot of modern literature, from Tristram Shandy onwards, is a consistently unreliable narrator.But what Christopher represents is a different challenge to the reader, in that we cannot be sure that the words and phrases he uses mean the same (or even anything) to him, as they do to us. And there is no gauge to measure this by, rendering us at points as confused as Christopher, knowing that something is going on, but neither precisely what that is, nor its import.MA hits another excellent point when he highlights the switch to a digression immediately after a crucial point which Christopher appears ostensibly to have overlooked.What we may be experiencing is a coping strategy in operation, by which Christopher allows his brain to assimilate information received before moving on, through the rehearsal of pleasurable activity like mathematics. _________________________________________________________Il Sotto Seme La Neva
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