Saturday, July 9, 2011

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon

This first thing that struck me about this book was the cover. As much as people say to not judge a book by it's cover, I think people still unconsciously do. The book follows the story of an autistic kid, Christopher John Francis Boone. He lives with his father, who has told him that his mother is dead. One day his neighbor's dog, Wellington is found stabbed with a pitchfork in the front yard. Christopher is disturbed but intrigued. He starts writing a book following his search for the murderer. After series of shocking events, Christopher sets out on his own in England to find his mother, who is not actually dead.
I really enjoyed this read. It was suspenseful, surprising, and sad at times. It really gives a great perspective on the thought process that goes on when you have autism. Christopher was great. He was paranoid, kind of a genius, and a little snobbish (maybe it was just me) at times. This book's writing really gave you the impression that you know Christopher, knew what disturbed him, what made him sad, and what he was really made of.

5 Stars

1 comment:

  1. The story revolves around his idea of writing a mystery novel just because he enjoys them. He wants to solve the mystery of the murder of his neighbor's dog, an animal that he is very fond of because they are easy to understand. The book is written from Christopher's point of view, which gives the reader an insightful position to see how he thinks. He has several little obsessions such as his hatred of the colors yellow and brown, as well has odd dislike of being touched. Christopher has a hard time understanding human emotions and tends to stray away from situations with no logical answers. The story progresses as he learns the fundamentals of humans, even if it is very little. The light humor in this book shows Haddon's ability to empathize with others and express their feelings from another person's point of view. I really enjoyed this book.