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I must admit that when I first received this book, I wasn't particularly interested or compelled to read it, merely based on it's cover. I am, however, incredibly glad I did!
The novel is written from the perspective of fifteen-year-old Christopher Boone, a mathematical genius, wannabe astronaut and sufferer of Asperger's syndrome. The novel is a twist on the average murder mystery, where Christopher plays the role of main suspect as well as nosey detective. Going against the advice of everyone around him, Christopher immerses himself in the details of the mystery - the murder of his neighbour's dog - uncovering things he was never supposed to know.
His struggle to come to terms with his emotions, abhorrence of the colour yellow and ability to recite every prime number up to 7,507 is both captivating and fascinating - in fact, his entire outlook is so unlike that of the average human being that one is simply transfixed by the way in which he handles the situations into which he is thrust. Mark Haddon confronts autism front on, and he uses Christopher's sensitivity, innocence and naivity to play to the reader's emotions, making The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time a both tear-wrenching and hilarious read.
I don't want to give away the whole story, but what I will say is do not judge this book by it's cover. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time is much, much more than just a murder-mystery. Uplifting, intriguing and exciting; a priceless insight into the mind of an autistic person - this book will change your life.
OK, I was recommended this book by a friend, so with my love of books, I set out to read it. And I wish I hadn't bothered.
I hope I do not come over as insenstive, but this book is nonsense. It's written from the point of view of Christopher, a 15 year old boy with Aspergers Syndrome. He is obsessed with maths, and he likes things to be in order. Now, the book gives a fair insight into the challenges faced by people with Aspergers. But this doesn't necessarily make for a decent piece of literature.
Yes, I know that sounds insensitive and cruel, but we're talking about a book which is read for entertainment purposes. If you are interested in Aspergers and it's effects/implications, then read a text book. I really did lose interest in this book. Not because it's about a boy with Aspergers, because it was interesting to discover the challenges he faced and what was going on in his mind, but because it has been written in a very irratic fashion. Yes, the writing is from Christopher's point of view, and therefore it wouldn't be a perfectly crafted piece of literature, but it's just too hard to read for very long without getting bored and impatient. It's just a little difficult to follow at times.
On the other hand, I've spoken to people who loved this book. But I've yet to discover why. It seems to be written with the honourable mission of promoting awareness of Aspergers. But there are better ways of doing this. This book simply does not work as a story. It tries too hard to be different and provocative. It doesn't flow, and certainly does not hold the reader's interest for very long.
Personally, I would recommend steering clear of this book. People who are interested in Aspergers, of have dealing with people with Aspergers, may find it an interesting window into the world from an Aspergers point of view. For me, I like a flowing story. This just didn't do it for me.
Whe I was training to be a Maths teacher, this book was actually on my reading list.
The story is written from the point of veiw of a 15 year old boy, Christopher. He has Aspergers syndrome. He loves maths and all thing organised. He finds it very hard to connect with or understand people, including his father.
When the neighbours dog is found dead with a pitch fork stuck in him, Christopher makes it his mission to find out the truth about what happened.
I love how the book is written from Christophers point of veiw and you feel like you can hear his every thought. I learnt so much about the thought processes of someone with aspergers, and how it effects people around them. Christophers mind is astonishing, and he is extremely clever. There are lots of little diagrams and pictures to help illustrate his thoughts. Being a keen mathematition, I loved reading how Christopher used maths to calm himself.... it is one of the only things in life he trusts, in fact he trusts maths more than his own father.
I reccommend this book to anyone, especially those who work or deal with children or adults with aspergers syndrome. It mgiht not have any answers but it really helps you get in the mind set of someone living with it.
The Layout of the book is a unique insight into the mind of a child with Asperger's syndrome. So I decided to try and write the review in a similar style as the book, unfortunately not as humorous as I am not much of a comedian. As you can see, someone has already commented this can make my review seem confusing.
I will be the first to admit that I am not much of a reader, as you could probably tell by my bad use of spelling and grammar. I am more into problem solving. The only books I tend to buy are logic puzzle books and Sudoku puzzles. I suppose in that way I am a bit like the main character (Christopher) in the Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time who loves patterns.
I found this book at my local charity shop for 10p and I remembered that during my training as a Maths teacher I was recommended to read this book to give me an insight into the mind of a child with Asperger's syndrome. So I thought what a bargain, go on then let's give it a go.
I was very surprised with myself as I actually couldn't put the book down, (usually a read about 5 pages of a book then put it down and never pick it up again). The Chapters are really short, only about 3-5 pages to each chapter, which appeals to me as I am not a big reader, so at least I can finish a chapter. I managed to finish it in just 3 days.
The book caught my interest straight away; I enjoyed how the character Christopher Boone described the scene in precise detail. This gave me the sense that I was actually there inside the story along side him (a feeling I don't usually get when I read a book). For example, here Christopher is describing when he found the dog "Its eyes were closed. It looked as if it was running on its side, the way dogs run when they think they are chasing a cat in a dream. But the dog was not running or asleep. The dog was dead. There was a garden fork sticking out of the dog. The points of the fork must have gone all the way through because the fork had not fallen over".
The main reason why I like this book is the use of child-like simplicity, I can't read a book with long fancy words as I don't have a clue what they mean, and I don't fancy having to read a book then look up what a word means. So anybody of any age should be able to read this without needing the dictionary.
What caught my eye was the chapter numbers were prime numbers, and as Christopher explains the reason is because he likes prime numbers as he has a logical mind. I could relate to this as being a maths teacher I too have a logical mind. Throughout the story Christopher uses lists (such as contents of his pockets). Like Christopher, I too like making lists (especially shopping list as I tend to forget what I went in for). I felt I could relate to the character and understand his way of thinking. Hence, my choice of subtitles.
At first I did find it hard to follow as the chapters skipped between the past and the present (a bit like when you watch pulp fiction) but I also found it refreshing. I wouldn't have suspected this from a logical mind. I can relate to Christopher quite a lot the time. When I am talking to people, I blurt things out as I tend to have a conversation in my head, think I have said it out loud. This can drive my partner daft at times. My best friend finds it funny thou, especially when I asked her, in the middle of a conversation "Do I look like Fiona from Shrek?" (which is the nick name some of my pupils came up with).
The main storyline is about Christopher, who has discovered his neighbour's dog dead in the garden, murdered by a pitch fork. Despite getting a caution for thumping the policemen called to investigate, and against his dad's telling him to stay out of it "It's a bloody dog". He decides to investigate the mystery and write a book about his adventures for a school project, after all he loves dogs, they are not a complicated as people. Throughout the mystery you also get to know about his past. How he felt about his mother dying of heart attack and his understanding of God and Heaven. You can see the difference between his relationship between his father and his teacher and how they approach his behaviour. His father's frustration in some of his constant questions compared to the clear instruction given by the teacher. Christopher regularly has problems with instructions, For example "people often say 'Be quiet' but they don't tell you how long to be quiet". I can see his point, not very clear if you think about it logically.
The uses of diagrams throughout the book really help in the understanding of how Christopher's mind works. Such as how he describes his good days and black days in terms of cars."4 red cars in a row made it a good day" and "4 yellow cars in a row made it a black day" (he hates the colour yellow). When he is asked why? He replies that when the sun is shining it makes people happy, and sad when it's raining, it only the weather. I know why they recommend teachers read this book as it clearly shows how a person with Asperger's really feels, thinks and behaves. After I finished reading it I felt comfortable in my characteristics and not as alone any more.
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time is a very well-thought out story about a boy with Autism and life through his eyes.
This boy, Christopher Boone descover's Mrs Shears' dog lying on the side of the road with a garden fork sticking out of its belly. So the mystery commences and Christopher is determined to find out who murdered Mrs Shears' poodle.
Mark Haddon is worthy of his awards for this piece of art. I have never read a book written so sensitvely and incredibly accurate about a child with Autism. It was a brave move in my opinion and having worked with a child suffering from Autism, I have seen how a book of this nature could offend. Do not worry though, Mark Haddon succeeds in displaying the wonderful characteristics of Christopher and it is not all about Autism. Haddon explores the themes of abuse, love affairs, decption, murder, behavioural psychology and the impact adults actions can have on their children.
For those who are sensitive to swearing, this book does contain a moderate amount of bad language.
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time is a touching tale with many tear-jerking moments. I reccommend you read it with a box of tissues. It is an insightful read and very thought-provoking. Certainly one for your "list of books to read before you die".
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time is one of those books which stay with you for a long time after you've read it. 'Winner of the Whitbread Book of the Year', Mark Haddon has created a gem of a book through the voice of Christopher Boone - a 15 year old boy who turns detective when he finds the neighbour's dog speared with a pitchfork on the front lawn. An unusual premise for a book, but what you begin to realise quite quickly that Christopher is no ordinary boy - he has Asperger's Syndrome which brings us into his very exclusive, unique and tailored life governed by routine, fact and the familiar. The more you read, the more you realise that the book has relatively little to do with the death of a dog, and more of the world that is outside of Chris' field of vision - that of his parents, his mother who apparently died of a heart attack, of the pressures of raising a child which such a profound condition and the effect he has on his family. You realise how alienated he is from his peers and from 'strangers' but he doesn't feel alienated - his favourite places are hiding in small, lonely, dank holes where no one else will go. There are some surprising twists and turns in this book and because we are sitting in Christopher's head throughout it, we are led into his misconceptions of the world around him. The more the reader learns, the quicker we begin to realise the naivety of Chris and the closed world in which he lives, even beginning to understand and empathise with his family's secrets, even though Chris innately hasn't the capacity to forgive the major lies in his life.
Christopher Boone is the 15 year old mathematical genius by which we hear this whole tale. He is writing this book with guidance from Siobhan who is his school carer although he only relays conversations he has with her. She appears to have a deep understanding of dealing with his condition and being very honest, simple and straightforward in the way she speaks to him. Christopher's father is a prominent character as he is the main staple person in Christopher's life and he faces many trials and tribulations contending with Chris' needs i.e. he won't eat anything yellow or brown, or if his food has been touching on his plate etc... The various neighbours in the community play their part in Chris' search for the murderer of an innocent dog, as well as Mrs Shears, his immediate neighbour whose dog was the unfortunate victim. There are other characters besides, whose significance grows but you may begin to piece things together if I mention them!
This book was an interesting read - it took me 3 days of reading at night to get through it and I have to say, it was incredibly insightful. I did laugh quite a bit and stopped to read passages out to my partner as in a lot of ways you could pick this book up at a different chapter and it won't feel like it relates to the rest of the book until you get through it. The book is written in the way that Christopher thinks; you learn how he copes with everything, how his mind sorts information and which bits he just doesn't get - jokes for example or if someone doesn't answer his question as directly as he asked it then he simply asks them again in the exact same way until they say something that makes sense. The use of illustrations and maths also allowed me to realise that his intelligence is incredible - that people with Asperger's syndrome may lack social skills and understanding, but some can formulate complex and intricate ideas and answers, almost using more of the brain then your regular human being. It really makes you realise how much we dither our way through conversations and rely on body language and facial cues in ways that are impossible for Christopher and that for someone going into teaching, I am relatively unaware of the depth of this condition and how it needs to be approached. He is highly intelligent and articulate despite his condition, and that is something many people will overlook. This book was a real eye opener and if anything my opinion has ended up being me dissecting what I have learnt from it (which can't be a bad thing if I'm still thinking about it and learning from it days after putting it down!) Well worth a read for a teenage and adult audience as I think what can be taken from it is hugely beneficial and interesting!
The Curious Incident of The Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon was recommended to me by a friend and I have to admit that I took one look at the cover which shows a cartoon type dog lying on its back with a pitchfork stuck into its stomach, and didn't think this book was for me.
Looking further into the book and seeing the first few, one page chapters with their smiley face illustrations made me even less keen to start reading it. Anyway, I did buy it as it was included in buy two; get one free deal at Waterstones. So, it was my free book.
It sat on the shelf for ages as I deliberated passed over it, giving preference to other books that I had on my 'to read' list. However, I actually ran out fresh books to read the other day so I picked this one up.
It's odd in the way it is structured and feels quite disjointed at the beginning, but as the story unfolds and Christopher, the boy with Asperger's Syndrome is revealed, the story becomes fascinating. It is incredibly sad in parts but not what I would call sentimental.
Christopher Boone is the boy in the title. He is the narrator and the detective in the story. He's just fifteen and his Asperger's Syndrome which is a form of autism cuts him off emotionally from the rest of the world. Christopher is very good at mathematics but doesn't have much idea about how the people around him function emotionally. He likes patterns and making lists of things but he hates yellow and brown and reels back from being touched.
Then he discovers that his neighbour's dog has been killed by someone and he ventures out into a world he knows nothing about.
A sad and sometimes funny book that treats the subject sensitively but is not over emotional about it. The fact that Christopher is the narrator gives some insight into what is going on in his troubled mind as he investigates the murder.
This is the adult version of the book. There is a toned down children's version available too.
Meet Christopher Boone, a 15 year old boy living in Swindon with Asperger's syndrome. One day he discovers the neighbour's dog Wellington has been murdered with a garden fork and he makes it his mission to discover the murderer.
Described as a murder mystery novel with a difference Christopher opens a can of worms that will transform his life, and affect all of those around him. An award winning novel by Mark Haddon that is a real pleasure to read.
Detailed Review:: *SLIGHT PLOT SPOILERS*
I showed this book to my dad and he thought it was written by a 10 year old. A bit of a weird sentence to open with but it's true. I can only compare the style of this book to an Adrian Mole book. Christopher Boone is an exceptionally bright boy. He deals well with numbers, patterns and equations and frequently uses them throughout the book. He doesn't like people, being touched, the colours brown and yellow or his food touching. Even though he is a fictional character he seems incredibly real, nothing seems exaggerated and you genuinely empathise with him.
As I mentioned in the quick review the main basis of this book is finding out who murdered his neighbours dog Wellington. He does this against the wishes of his father who he lives with in Swindon, along with his pet rat Toby. We are led to believe that Chris's mother died some time earlier from a heart attack. The hunt for the murderer takes an unexpected turn when Christopher accidentally stumbles across a massive secret that has been kept hidden from him.
I did find myself at times getting frustrated with Christopher, he does not deal well with people, not understanding emotions and so he quite often screams, kicks and hits and I did find myself feeling a bit disturbed by it at times. I found a lot of the book funny, but underlying the comedy is a very serious message about understanding people with such issues and that became more and more prominent as the book progressed.
You will be pleased to know there is a happy ending, all ends well with Christopher Boone and I can understand how this book made it to the middle of the top 100 books. It is a very unique style of book. It isn't just a journal of one boy's thoughts, a lot of time and effort has gone into making this book feel like it has been written by a 15 year old boy suffering from Asperger's syndrome. I don't know much about Mark Haddon's background so I am not sure if this is a personal issue but it is very cleverly written.
So you will guess correctly that I recommend this book to you all. It is a very easy to read book, even with all the maths! Christopher Boone is a very likeable character that is almost sad to remember he isn't a real boy.
This story is told through the eyes of 15 year old Christopher, who suffers from Aspergers syndrome. A friend bought this book for me for Christmas, knowing that I am very much interested in Maths as well as literature - two subjects that are rarely combined.
The story begins with Christopher discovering a dog murdered in the garden of a neighbour, and he decides to try and find out who was responsible. This marks the beginning of a wonderfully simply yet captivating adventure.
The style of writing within this book is very simple, and hence it is a very easy to read - it could even be recommended to children if it were not for the bad language that rears its ugly head every so often. This style of writing can become a little tedious after a while, yet somehow manages to rescue itself again almost instantly.
It is definitely a book that I would recommend for easy reading. It has a new and refreshing style to it that differs from any books I have read before, and the idea of being told a story through the eyes of a 15 year old makes it all the more wonderful. A brilliant read.
An easy-to-read, entertaining account of what life is like for 15 year-old Christopher, who suffers from Aspergers Syndrome- a mild form of Autism that means Christopher finds it difficult to communicate with others.
Despite his lack of understanding social cues and jokes, Christopher is in fact extremely clever and has an astonishing memory- he can roll of an all the countries of the world and their capitals as well as very prime number up to 7057 without a second thought.
Christopher has a very strict regime, and stange habits, likes and dislikes. He loves maths, small spaces and the truth while detesting yellow, brown and being touched. Upon finding a neighbour's dog murdered in it's back yard, Christopher is determined to resolve the mystery, unaware what else he will unravel in the processs.
Christopher's intense love of mathematics is reflected by the way he numbered the chapters- using only prime numbers (numbers only divisble by itself and one, eg. 2,3,5,7,11). Every second chapter digresses from the narrative, to seemingly unrelated topics such as what happens when you die (you rot) and fairies. However this digression lets the reader futher into the way Christopher's mind works, making the reader really warm to him as a person.
The plot is very engaging, and I read it all in one sitting. Some say this book is more for children, but believing that would mean missing out on such a genuinelly funny and enjoyable read, as well as an interesting insight into Autism.
This was a well deserved Boeke prize winner - Mark Haddon is a genius!
This is one of the most interesting reads I have come across recently - and is completely gripping.
The story centralises around the character of Christopher, who is 15 and suffers with Aspergers Syndrome. He knows every prime number up to 7057, he hates the colour yellow and loves patterns, lists and the truth.
After discovering his neighbours dog murdered, he takes it upon himself to solve the mystery like his hero Sherlock Holmes, and discovers more than he bargained for.
This is an eye opening view into his life and his condition, devoid of emotional connections to the outside world, and despite his plea of "I cannot tell jokes", this is a humourous book and is fast becoming a classic.
It is a great read for any age, and one of those books you're likely to need to buy a second copy after wearing it out from reading it over and over.
There is so much hype regarding this book which is what enticed me to read it, and i was not disappointed. The narrator is fifteen year old Christopher Boone who has Aspergers syndrome, which is a form of autism. The story begins with Christopher stumbling across the body of his neighbours dog, which has been killed with a pitch fork. Christopher takes it upon himself to open a 'murder investigation', which is what encourages him to write the book inspired by his favourite fictional character, Sherlock Holmes. The book then delves into the difficulties which Christopher must face and deal with and gives an incredible insight into a mind which is, in some senses, far more developed than the 'ordinary' mind. Haddon writes this book remarkably well and whether you know or dont know someone who has a disability such as Aspergers, this book certainly opens your eyes and makes the reader more understanding and accepting to conditions such as Aspergers, ADHD etc. Haddon should also be congratulated for the humanistic and empathetic portrayal of a mentally disabled youth, which he does incredibly well. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time is an incredible book that was originally written for children and now appeals to many adults: with good reason. . I would highly recommend this book to children and adults of all ages.
I first read this in school when I was around 14, as part of a class group reading. The style of writing grabbed me straight away, as the main character is Christopher Boone, a 15 year old with Asperger's Syndrome. The different angle at which the world is seen truly generates thought and wonder.
Christopher has many habits and interesting facts about himself, such as disliking the colours yellow and brown, being amazing at maths and being very precise. The story starts with Christopher discovering his neighbour's dog in their garden, dead, with a pitchfork sticking from it's stomach. He decided to write a murder mystery novel, which leads on to his facing of new challenges and difficulties.
The plot well written and again, I must praise the style of writing. There is spectacular attention to detail, and you find yourself getting angry, sad, happy and frustrated with the characters.
I enjoyed the odd parts of the book where a random fact is brought into the story, such as prime numbers, or lists of yellow and brown things that Christopher doesn't like.
I really enjoyed this book and would recommend it to anyone who wants to read something a bit different from normal. The childish manner of the main character mixed in with the cleverness of the author gives the story a new dimension, which is fascinating to discover.
This is one of those books I had heard of and vaguely knew what it was about. However I had never been curious enough to obtain and read it. That is until I received a swap request for a completely unwanted book on readitswapit.co.uk. I would have been prepared to swap for almost anything, and when I saw this on the requesters own list thought I'd give it a go. If I didn't like it, I knew it would at least be a better addition to my own swap list than the one I'd exchanged it for!
~ Plot ~
Christopher Boone is 15 years 3 months and 2 days. He lives in Swindon with his father and his pet rat. He hates being touched, the colours brown and yellow and strangers. He loves Maths and the truth. He decides how his day will be depending on how many cars of a certain colour he sees in a row. 4 yellow cars are a black day, while 5 red cars are a super good day. He also has aspergers syndrome.
One night Christopher discovers a neighbours dog murdered by a pitchfork. He sets out to discover who murdered Wellington and write a murder mystery along the way. His investigation however turns up more than the curious incident of the dog in the night, and turns his world upside down.
~ My Review ~
Considering I had never had any great interest in reading this book I actually found it unputdownable and am so glad I did finally read this book.
The first thing I noticed about the book is that it starts with chapter two. This caused me some confusion for a few seconds and I flicked back through the first couple of pages convinced I had missed something. I quickly realised that this is deliberate though, as Christopher is a genius mathemetician and in recognition of this fact the chapters follow prime numbers. Mathematics and patterns are a large theme throughout the book, and despite being completely hopeless at maths myself, found his comparisons between Mathematical formula's and life fascinating. The book is littered with diagrams and small graphs to illustrate his pondering, but don't let this put you off as I found it charming rather than confusing or annoying.
Christopher is a fascinating character. I know very little about Aspergers syndrome, but found the way in which the author portrayed Christopher to be endearing and thought provoking. The book is told in the first person from Christopher, and really is believable as this character telling the story. The style is very different to usual books, as Christopher sees the world in black or white and his narrative is as he sees it, as it is and without emotional or flowery descriptions.
While the synopsis and title of the book set this book as a murder mystery, it becomes clear around a third of the way through that the murder of the dog is just a catalyst for a chain of events which delve into his family secrets and how he deals with such revelations. I found myself embroiled in a story I was not expecting at all and constantly surprised and intrigued. The events within the book are all the more intriguing reading from Christopher's perspective, making them even more sad, inspiring, funny and somehow real.
The main theme of the book is that Christopher suffers Aspergers syndrome. While I am not sure I learned anything about the syndrome itself, I really did feel like I had an insight into how it may affect a person. Rather than being a story about a boy with aspergers and a murdered dog, the book is really about family and people and how their irrational and emotional side makes them behave. Even when they believe they are doing the right thing, it questions the reasoning behind this. Examining this behaviour from an aspergers sufferer makes the reader look on actions and behavior in a different light. The book did make me think about how we treat and judge those who think and behave differently, and I felt very compassionate towards Christopher, and also his family who may not always make the best decisions, make the ones they believe to be right at the time. Perhaps because of Christopher's basic and direct observations, I felt even more empathy with his Mother and Father than I would have ordininarilly.
While I really did enjoy the book, I do have some small criticisms. One is that there are some inconstancies which I picked up on. One such is that Christopher writes that he can only picture himself somewhere he has been, and therefore can not imagine or dream something that is unlikely to happen, unlike the majority of people. Yet several times Christopher does imagine as a way of escape and while I wasn't annoyed by this discrepancy I did notice it enough to question it.
Another mild annoyance I found within the book is in some letters written to Christopher from an adult. For some unknown reason, the author decided this adult could not spell and wrote their mistakes as kichen, timetabel, woodden and differant. There's no apparent reason WHY this person wouldn't be able to spell such words, and the mistakes seemed so obvious to me. It reminded me of when I was around fourteen at school, and actually wanted to be dropped down a grade a school to be in the same class as my best friend, and so would write silly and phoney mistakes (like fone). This just seemed a bit silly and unnecessary, and while didn't really detract from the story, it did quite annoy me.
I have noticed that this book comes in an adult and children's edition. I have read the adults, and have no idea what the difference actually is. My edition contains some swearing, violence and mentions drug use, however I am happy enough to pass it on to my 13 year old son. In fact he has read the first 3 chapters tonight and was engrossed. A huge achievement for a boy who hates reading. I found the book very easy to read apart from some of the mathematical equations, which were fascinating and mind blowing, although I think even if like me they go right over your head, you can either skim read them, or just admire them, without it spoiling the overall story.
~ Conclusion ~
I would recommend this book to others. It was completely different to how I expected it to be, and I was engrossed throughout. Christopher is a fantastically well written character and I absolutly adored him. It is completely original and made me look at things from a completely different perspective.
I think that if you are looking for a book to learn about aspergers syndrome or autism, then this isn't really what the book is about. It's about one boy and his story who happens to have aspergers and is told in his way. What I do feel the book does is make the reader view situations in a completely different way to what they are used to, and it made me think about how we perceive others who do not act the way we expect. It is also a style of writing and perspective I have never come across before and found it extremely interesting, fresh and thought provoking.
This book is neither a murder mystery or a book about aspergers, which is what I originally thought, and what the synopsis on the back lead me to believe. It's a story about people, with a different perspective, which highlights the faults we so easily disguise and excuse amongst emotion and irrationality, and instead lays them bare for what they really are.
~ Other Information ~
The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night Time by Mark Haddon
Published in 2004 by Random House
Christopher is fifteen and he is not quite like normal boys. No, he isn't a wizard and he isn't in any way heroic. Christopher suffers from Asperger's Syndrome, which means he does not think the way most of us do. He has a dissociated mind and he finds things such as 'touching' and people very difficult to deal with. He is also unaware of how to actually feel, this is all because of his syndrome.
I had pondered over this book for weeks before I got around to buying it. I saw it sat on the best-sellers shelf at Waterstones, growing more and more curious about it all the time. I read some of the reviews you guys have done and decided I had to read it for myself. And I was not let down.
We begin with the dead dog. Christopher is out one evening when he spots his neighbour's dog lying in the garden of her house with a gardening fork sticking out of its stomach. He investigates further and realises that it has been murdered. However, the neighbour (Mrs Shears) sees him in her garden and immediately thinks that he has killed the dog and she calls the police. A policeman arrives at the scene and scuffle follows where the PC tries to grab hold of Christopher and Christopher (due to his fear of being touched) hits the officer. He is promptly arrested and put in a cell.
His father comes to pick him up soon after and Christopher is cautioned. Back home we learn more of his family life. He lives with his father, his mother has died. Christopher lives an ordered life, and he likes things to be ordered in every way. He is also a fan of Sherlock Holmes, though, so decides to investigate the murder of the dog (Wellington). The next day he goes from house to house asking his neighbours if they saw anything suspicious or if they knew anyone who might want to harm Wellington.
Christopher goes to a special needs school and we learn more about his time there. But although he has this syndrome it does not been he is not bright, in fact he is planning to take his A Level Maths (and get an A grade in the process).
As his investigations into the murder of wellington proceed, he learns more about certain things that he may not like to have learned, and he also learns how he has been deceived...
I am not going to give anything else away, but ask you to read it yourself and enjoy it yourself. The book is just over 270 pages long, but the writing is large and there are pictures too. It took me about three days to read, but is quite something for me these days, having kids and work. But I was gripped. I liked being in Christopher's world. I felt fearful for him, and I found him funny.
The mark of any good book is whether it has made you keep the pages turn, and that is what this one did. Mark Haddon's narration is spot on and very entertaining. If I have any qualms, then it would be the narrator's tendency to go on about mathematical equations, but then perhaps just part of its charm and shows more an insight into how Maths is important to him? The ending seems to just stop, too, but other than that, it is great...
ISBN: 0 099 45025 9
Price: £6.99 (but you can get it cheaper at most supermarkets)
Published by Vintage.
Published on Ciao UK by me as Borg...