Title: The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
Author: Mark Haddon
Genre: Fiction, autism
“Prime numbers are what is left when you have taken all the patterns away. 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.”
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 favourite (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.
What I think of it
I loved this book very very much. This is such a charming and beautiful written book from the perspective of a 15 year old who has Asperger’s syndrome.
This book will help you understand what it is like to live with Asperger’s and I recommend everyone to read this story if you know someone with Autism, your respect for that person will grow with every page you’re turning. The author did an excellent job writing from the voice of Christopher.
You’ll feel all sorts of emotions trough this book: anger, joy, sadness, excitement and confusion. But you will end up loving it and you will absolutely reread this book one day and I can guarantee you that if you have children you will want them to read that book one day as well.