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

title: The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
author: mark haddon
rating: 4.25/5 stars
synopsis [from goodreads]:

Christopher John Francis Boone knows all the countries of the world and their capitals and every prime number up to 7,057. He relates well to animals but has no understanding of human emotions. He cannot stand to be touched. And he detests the color yellow.

Although gifted with a superbly logical brain, for fifteen-year-old Christopher everyday interactions and admonishments have little meaning. He lives on patterns, rules, and a diagram kept in his pocket. Then one day, a neighbor’s dog, Wellington, is killed and his carefully constructive universe is threatened. Christopher sets out to solve the murder in the style of his favorite (logical) detective, Sherlock Holmes. What follows makes for a novel that is funny, poignant and fascinating in its portrayal of a person whose curse and blessing are a mind that perceives the world entirely literally

the curious incident

“I think prime numbers are like life. They are very logical but you could never work out the rules, even if you spent all your time thinking about them” -Mark Haddon, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

this book was fun and weird in many different ways. it was my first time reading from a perspective of someone with autism, so it was a little difficult to understand what he was trying to say at certain points or to understand why he did a certain thing.

in the beginning, i didn’t really like christopher as a character and felt like strangling him by the neck many times. but slowly, i found him to be quite fun to be around.

one thing in particular that i disliked about it was all those explanations that got me really confused and lost as to what was going on. there was this part where christopher makes the comparison between computers and brains and i completely did not understand that part. also, the part where he shares a joke about cows, i was like: was this meant to be funny? i just felt that the writing style was a little too complex and the way he thought about certain things just got on my nerves. but i did understand why it was like that, given that he is autistic and thinks a little differently from us.

i felt that the part where they revealed the killer for the dog was done quite badly and the reason that person gave just seemed pretty ridiculous to me. in my opinion, that could have been done a lot better and my rating probably would have increased.

initially, i thought siobhan was his classmate and i was like: wow, this girl is rather mature for someone her age. then, i realized that she was actually a teacher who works at the school. haha, did anyone have that same problem or was it just me?

i did really believe that christopher’s mother was dead, and i did feel it was weird when he mentioned he didn’t go to her funeral. but i did some research on asperger’s syndrome, which is the type of autism christopher is suffering from and found out that children with this autism may lack empathy.

that’s it for this review then. if you’re looking for something different to read, be sure to give this book a go!!

signing off

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