Thursday

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon

Christopher Boone has one goal and that is to find out who the murderer of a neighborhood dog (Wellington) is. Although his search is for a dog-murderer, Christopher's quest ultimately uncovers some very important family secrets along the way.

It was fascinating to be able to read thru the point-of-view of an 11 year old child with autism - it definitely made for a compelling read. I loved reading about all the quirks (i.e. his hate of anything yellow or brown, his pain at being touched, how a certain amount of red cars or yellow cars would determine how his day went, how doing "maths" calms him down, etc.). Along the way, you also learn about his daily interactions with his father, teachers and neighbors.

This story provides great insight to those who want to understand what autism is. Most books revolve around people who care for an autistic person and I found this to be a fresh and profound view of living with autism. It was a quick and enjoyable read and an altogether great experience for the insight it provides.

7 comments:

Meg89 @ Literary Menagerie said...

This sounds like a book I would like to read. I grew up with a friend whose younger sister was autistic (on the high-functioning side) and life was never boring around her house! It always amazed me that she could recite entire movies (and did, while we watched them) but concepts like same vs different or bigger vs smaller were difficult for her. I'd be interested to see how an author portrays the mind of an autistic person.

Michele at Reader's Respite said...

I loved this book, too. I saved my copy for a re-read someday!

Dar said...

Thanks for a great review. I've had this one on my radar for a while. I should read it sooner than later.

Beth F said...

I've been meaning to read this one too!

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J. Kaye Oldner said...

So many of my friends have read this book, but I haven't been able to settle long enough to think about getting a copy. Great review, but I don't know if I could get to it this year.

Charley said...

I liked Christopher's point of view, as well.

NotNessie said...

Great review... I just linked to it from mine.

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