Saturday, January 19, 2008

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon is the story of a 15-year-old boy, Christopher, in England who finds his neighbor's dog murdered in her yard and decides to investigate the murder. What makes this story a more than average mystery is that the young man is autistic and narrates the entire book. As a reader, you get to view the thoughts of a boy who has autism which means that the story is very interesting to read. Christopher knows all the prime numbers and therefore, labels the chapters with them. He hates yellow, so he knows that if he sees four yellow cars in a row, it's going to be a black day which means he won't eat or talk to anyone. Christopher's world is fascinating and engaging to the reader. Once you get to a certain point in the story, you won't want to put the book down. Read this book if you're interested in autism, if you like mysteries, or if you're interested in a book that's different but fascinating. I give it an 8 out of 10.


Michael said...

Found your blog by accident. When I set up my twitter account I somehow had your twitter feed in my followers list... Anyway Both Melba and I have read "The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time" and highly agree with your review / opinion of the book.

I don't know if you've read the following:

"Life of Pi" by Yann Martel.
"The Secret Life of Bees" by Sue Monk Kidd.
"The Lovely Bones" by Alice Sebold.

If you haven't you might like them.

Mike (a neophyte twitterer)

bloggirl said...

I always thought this looked interesting, now I must read it based on your recommendation :)