Book Review: The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

Posted: January 17, 2012 in Book Reviews
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I have just finished reading “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time” by Mark Haddon.

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time by Mark Haddon (via Amazon)

I have to admit, after reading the first few pages, i was unenthusiastic about reading on because it seemed rather boring. I feel bad saying that actually because the protagonist, Christopher, has behaviour problems and its clearly a very good insight into how someone like him lives their life, and i decided i would give the book the benefit of the doubt and carrying on reading.He is really intelligent and loves Maths and Science, yet is freaked out by anything coloured brown and yellow and struggles with things which we find normal and take for granted.

I’m really glad i persevered with this book as it is actually really interesting once you get into it. I was fascinated how someone who likes order and familiarity in his life actually copes when his life is turned upside down. How he manages to get from his own house, and the small area outside it which he understands, to an address in London of all places is truly amazing, especially with all the barriers on the way. It makes you appreciate just how hard it is for someone like him to do what everyone else does without problems. I found myself feeling a bit choked up by the end because you just want everything to be rectified.

I give the book 7/10 because i finally understand why this book has received so much praise. I would recommend it to people who want to see what the fuss is about, but i think its one of those books which you can be unsure whether you like it or not. It’s worth a read!

  1. I read this book some time ago as a book group read and i must admit i wasn’t very enthusiastic to begin with either but in the end i found it fascinating. I have a niece who has aspergers a form of autism and it helped me to understand how she sees the world. She definitely as the colour thing and the number thing but its the way she lives her life.

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