When I first picked up this book, I thought it would be from the perspective of a small child. But I was wrong, and pleasantly surprised by the story and its narrator.
The book follows a young man named Christopher who suffers from autism. He also has savant syndrome, and is extremely good at math. For those who are unfamiliar, savant syndrome is usually only found in autistic individuals, and it varies widely depending on the individual. In each case, the person excels in a particular area or has unusually high mastery of a certain skill. Although, they may have an extremely amazing talent for something, they are often unable to put it to any productive use.
The book presents a real challenge for a person with this mental disorder. Christopher is determined to learn the truth behind a horrible act, but he doesn’t exactly have the social skills needed to get information from people. While the syndrome sometimes helps him in his quest for answers, it’s usually a huge barrier. His ability to overcome this kind of struggle is something to admire.
Christopher John Francis Boone knows things. He is amazing with math, and he has an excellent memory. While he shares a deep connection with animals, he has trouble relating to other people.
Oh. And he hates the color yellow.
He lives with his father in England, and he attends school regularly. However, one morning he wakes up to find the body of a dog in his front yard. When the police investigate the incident, Christopher’s mental issues cause him to overreact, and he strikes a police officer. From there he is taken into custody.
When they realize that he is not the dog murderer, he is released, but Christopher continues to investigate what happened. Even with his father strictly prohibiting him from doing so, and the challenge of his mental disorder, he continues to search for answers.
And he finds a little more than he bargained for.
A Great Read
Many in the special education field would love this book. It gives you the chance to really get inside the head of an autistic individual, and it helps you see things from their point of view. This book is also great for anyone who loves mysteries. Figuring out what really happened is an especially difficult challenge because you don’t get to see everything from a normal perspective, and many things become skewed.
Personally, I enjoyed reading this book, and I have recommended it time and again. Author, Mark Haddon, is exceptional at weaving this tale, and to tell it from such an interesting point of view must have been a real challenge.
I also really liked the main character, Christopher. His innocence and determination are very endearing, and it is obvious that others have wronged him. You can’t help but root for him to succeed.
Overall, it’s a great book. Go out and grab a copy today.
The Book Info
- Title: The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
- Author: Mark Haddon
- Copyright: 2003
- Publisher: Vintage Books
- Genre: Fiction
- ISBN: 1-4000-3271-7
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