The Curious Incident of the Dog in The Night-Time by Mark Haddon Review
28/05/2011 § 3 Comments
When Christopher, a teenager with Asperger’s Syndrome, finds a dog murdered on his street he decides to seek out the culprit and write a murder mystery along the way. As he narrates his detecting we witness his ardently regulated world fall apart. Haddon has created a challenging character that is extremely well researched and magnificently portrayed. In addition to succeeding in being an intriguing, if unconventional, detective story, this novel reveals the thoughts of a person who is innately difficult to comprehend. Hilarious and humbling, it’s a whirlwind education in the struggles faced by those with Asperger’s. Everyone should read this.
An absolutely awesome book if you ask me!! 110% recomendable.
Christopher is the only character that is truly fleshed out, but that’s because everything is seen only from his point of view, and he only views people empirically. His “development” throughout the novel is impressive, though, in that significant events change around him, yet he remains the one constant. So while that’s good for the stylistic approach of the novel, it also dampened my interest a bit because I didn’t really get very emotionally invested in the story…much like Christopher.
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