Friday, 3 May 2013

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

Christopher is fifteen and has Aspergers 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 of a terrifying journey which will turn his whole world upside down.”

The book features 15 year old boy Christopher Boone who suffers from Aspergers’ Syndrome. He sees the world very differently to everyone else and has an unusual insight on life and everything it contains and is confused by his father’s statement that his mother is dead. Fascinated by the concept of murder mystery novels, he soon discovers his neighbour’s dog – Wellington, in a garden dead and with a garden fork sticking out of its chest. After being accused of killing the dog himself, Christopher vows to find out who really killed Wellington. However, nothing is ever as it seems.

I read this book a few years ago and cannot clearly remember the ending; all I know for certain was that it was a very powerful book that I was gripped to from start to finish. The way that Haddon writes from the view point of an Aspergers suffer is brilliant and incredibly realistic, e.g., displaying different tendencies and giving each chapter a prime number because Christopher is fascinated by Maths. This book has twists and turns at every corner and is ideal for anyone who likes a mystery as well as clearly demonstrating what it feels like to not fit in with everyone else. This book is well praised and I definitely recommend it to anyone.

Holly x

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