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

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Christopher John Francis Boone knows all the countries of the world and their capitals and every prime number up to 7,057. He relates well to animals but has no understanding of human emotions. He cannot stand to be touched. And he detests the color yellow.

Although gifted with a superbly logical brain, for fifteen-year-old Christopher everyday interactions and admonishments have little meaning. He lives on patterns, rules, and a diagram kept in his pocket. Then one day, a neighbor’s dog, Wellington, is killed and his carefully constructive universe is threatened. Christopher sets out to solve the murder in the style of his favourite (logical) detective, Sherlock Holmes. What follows makes for a novel that is funny, poignant and fascinating in its portrayal of a person whose curse and blessing are a mind that perceives the world entirely literally.

Author: Mark Haddon

Rating: 3/5

Honestly it took me a while to figure out what to say about this book. I read it a few years ago, and  it only took me a few days, but I didn’t feel satisfied with it when I was done.

I enjoyed the beginning of the book, and was pretty sold on it being a good book until the end. I don’t really have a specific reason for it, but I just didn’t really like the ending that much. I guess i was unsatisfied with it.

The book has a really interesting concept, and I’ve never read a book that was from the persepctive of someone with a behavioral disorder. Despite that, I thought it did a really good job.

My whole life I’ve interacted with people that have Autism or Aspergers, so I’ve had some experience with those, and I thought this book did a really good job of putting the reader into the mind of someone with a behavioral disorder.

The book follows Christopher, a 15-year-old boy with an unspecified behavioral disorder as he investigates the killing of his neighbour’s dog, despite his father telling him to stay out of other people’s business.

It’s a bit of a mystery novel, but at the same time we get to see Christopher’s life and how he interacts with the world around him.

Seeing the world through the eyes of someone with a  behavioral disorder isn’t something I’d ever thought about really, but that was one aspect of the book that I really enjoyed.

I’d really enjoy reading another book like this, but I understand that it can be a bit of a slippery slope if the author isn’t careful about how they portray their character.

Next week I’m gonna take a look at a book about a man and his monsterous other half.

Since it’s New Years I want to hear what everyone’s New Year’s Resolutions are. If I get 5 I’ll make a tweet about what mine is.

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