Book Review – The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time.

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Title: The Curious Incident of The Dog in the Night-time

Author: Mark Haddon

Synopsis: The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time is a murder mystery novel like no other. The detective, and narrator, is Christopher Boone. Christopher is fifteen and has Asperger’s Syndrome. He knows a very great deal about maths and very little about human beings. He loves lists, patterns and the truth. He hates the colours yellow and brown and being touched. He has never gone further than the end of the road on his own, but when he finds a neighbour’s dog murdered he sets out on a terrifying journey which will turn his whole world upside down.

Rating: 4 stars

Review: The initial reason I picked up this book was because the main character has Aspergers Syndrome, a form of high-functioning autism that I myself have, and because fictional characters with Aspergers are hard to come by. I absolutely did not regret reading this book.

The story follows Christopher, who finds his neighbour’s dog dead, with a garden fork sticking out of him, and so he decides to investigate who killed Wellington (the dog). People keep misunderstanding him, because he doesn’t think the same way that neurotypical people do, so his investigation is halted a few times by others. I can’t really summarise this book in a way that would do it justice, so I say just read it.

Reading this was an interesting experience, because of the way it’s written. I applaud Mark Haddon for appearing to write as if he himself was on the autism spectrum, even if he isn’t autistic himself. It was written excellently, and in a way that both adults and kids can enjoy it. It’s weird like that, but cool.

Sometimes it gets a little difficult to understand, but that’s probably only me. Other than that, it’s a great book, and I wholly recommend that you read it, because it’s amazing and there should be more fictional representation of people with Aspergers.

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