Book review: The curious incident of the dog in the night-time

July 3, 2007 at 8:39 am (book review)

I was one of the few people who read Mark Haddon’s second book, A spot of bother, before I read his first. But I’m glad I did because everyone who did it the other way around said the second wasn’t as good as the first. I disagree (but that for another post).
The curious incident of the dog in the night-time is certainly a fantastic read – the language, the punctuation, the plot: sheer genius.
I’ve been reading a lot of great books lately so I’m glad this one didn’t disappoint. For those who haven’t yet given it a go – do.
If you like intelligent books that have an interesting twist, this is one to get hold of.
It’s about 15-year-old Christopher Boone who has Asperger’s Syndrome (so can’t really identify emotions in others which makes life complicated.
He has quirks, such as hating the colours yellow and brown and loving the colour red, he hates being touched and will not eat his food if it touches each other on his plate (ok, sounds like many people I know).
He lives in a safe, protected environment with his dad until their neighbour’s dog is killed. Christopher loves dogs so he makes it his mission to find out who killed the dog.
His “detection”, as he calls his detective skills, lead him on a journey that he never could’ve imagined – and he takes us along in painstaking detail.
This is a great book that gives us insight into a world we would never otherwise have know and Haddon is superb in his sincerity.
I think it’s a testament to his wonderful writing skills if one really thinks the person who wrote this book suffered from Asperger’s Syndrome.


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