Title: The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time
Author: Mark Haddon
No. of pages: 272
Genre: Mystery, Young Adult, Coming of age
Publication date: July 31st 2003
Date read: July 29th 2017
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time is a murder mystery novel like no other. The detective, and narrator, is Christopher Boone. Christopher is fifteen and has Asperger’s Syndrome. He knows a very great deal about maths and very little about human beings. He loves lists, patterns and the truth. He hates the colours yellow and brown and being touched. He has never gone further than the end of the road on his own, but when he finds a neighbour’s dog murdered he sets out on a terrifying journey which will turn his whole world upside down.
I already read this book in 2012, but I couldn’t remember a thing from it, only that the main character, Christopher, is autistic and that that made the book really easy to read. I really loved to reread this book, because there were a lot of things I didn’t quite get when reading it for the first time. I’m familiar with autism in my direct surroundings, so the events and thoughts in the book were recognisable (even I could identify myself with Christopher sometimes).
I think this book could be read by older children, because of the easy language, but I also think that most of the importance of this story would then get lost. Christopher is an autistic kid, what means that he isn’t like ‘normal’ people. You could also say that he is really … simple in his mind. Something is like this or it’s not. And everything in between is confusing and even illogical at times, since there are no set rules for things in the grey area. Because of this he is often thought of as weird or laughable, which made me kind of sad at times. The importance I mentioned earlier lies in exactly that: autistic people are often misunderstood and autism is really (read: REALLY) diverse. Some people, of whom you would totally not suspect them to fall in the autistic spectrum, are diagnosed as autistic. So in my opinion, everyone, who isn’t familiar with autistic people, should read this book.
Besides all of the above it’s also just a fun read. There’s mystery, there’s betrayal, there’s adventure. Overall, it’s a really good story and I do recommend you all read it.