The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time: A Review
I picked up The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time at a book sale, of course. I feel like I need to find new places to get books so my blog posts have a more interesting back story. Nevertheless, I paid a quarter and got this gem. If you loved Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close, you will adore this book.
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time is narrated by a boy, Christopher, who has almost no social skills. He doesn’t understand emotions of others, metaphors, or the concept of imagination. He is, however, a mathematical genius. The story follows him as he tries to solve the mystery of who killed the neighbor’s dog.
The story turns into much more than a little murder mystery as other family secrets are uncovered. We get to go inside Christopher’s head to see how he copes with each new discovery. It was quite eye-opening for me, as this is a subject I do not have much experience. When Christopher shouts out or rocks back and forth, that is his way to overcome his anxiety.
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time lets you walk in Christopher’s shoes and understand what is going through his mind and why he has certain quirks. I don’t think most people would assume how brilliant he is from his behavior. This would be a good lesson to many children and adults alike because it’s an issue that a lot of people struggle to understand. If you got on a train today and you saw a teenage boy who was audibly groaning and perhaps wet himself, most people would look away in disgust or be annoyed.
It was a very quick read as a lot of the pages just had mathematical equations that Christopher was solving. I did finish it feeling like I had a better understanding of autism. However, I wish the author, Mark Haddon, went a little more in depth with the story line. Adding another perspective about Christopher would have been incredibly interesting. Overall, I would definitely recommend it, especially to young adults!
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