The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time – By Mark Haddon

Christopher Boone is a fifteen year old boy who has Asperger’s Syndrome. He doesn’t like certain things, such as yellow and brown, different foods touching on his plate, and being touched. He does however have a very logical brain and likes to work out puzzles and mysteries.
One night he finds the neighbour’s dog dead on the front lawn. Christopher decides that he will become a detective and discover who has murdered Wellington, the dog. During the course of his investigations many things happen to Christopher that send him out of his comfort zone and into the path of strangers who do not understand him.
Christopher must overcome some of his fears in order to get to bottom of this mystery.

Review

This is an interesting book in both the way it is written and the contents. The language and grammar are written in the way that is likely of a teenager with Asperger’s although, with this being such a broad-based syndrome, people show different abilities and traits.
It was interesting to read the reactions of others to the boy as he ventured out into the world. We take for granted that everyone thinks the same, hears the same and processes information the same way. Have you ever stopped on a busy street, looked around at all the different people and thought about what they are seeing and feeling, I know I haven’t.
There were a few occasions throughout the book, especially where the police where involved, that I thought the situation would have been dealt with differently. I can’t imagine that when the father reported Christopher missing he didn’t explain that he had Asperger’s and that he didn’t like being touched. That would be one of the first things I would have mentioned.

I think the writer of this book has portrayed this character well and if you get nothing else from this book just try to remember that everyone is different and sometimes not everything is as it seems.

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