The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon
YA, Fiction, Contemporary
Vintage Contemporaries | May 18th, 2004
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 favorite (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.
I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. I loved that the author decided to tell the story through Christopher’s unique point of view. I don’t think I have ever read a book like this before, and I’m so glad I decided to read this one. Not only did I enjoy reading the book, I felt like I was also learning something at the same time. Christopher clearly is autistic in some way (there’s nothing wrong with that), so I liked learning the way he lived his life and his likes and dislikes. This is a really great book that has become a modern-day classic that everyone should read.
Also, I would like to say to the people who bashed this book because it was told by an autistic boys point of view (you know who you are), you should feel sorry for yourself. I have read several of these reviews and it just hurts my heart. Like seriously, if you didn’t like the content of the book, put it down.