I’m back with another book review! Today, I’m reviewing a book that has taken me a really long time to read. That book is the curios incident of the dog in the night-time by mark haddon. Like I said, it took me a really long time to start and finish this book. I actually first saw this book when I worked as a paraprofessional (teacher’s aide) back in undergrad. I picked up the book, started reading it then put it down once I found out that it included the murder of a dog. I legit said nope and put it down.
I kept hearing great reviews for the book and I thought that I should just give the book an actual chance and read it. I had to see for myself if this book was as good as other people have made it to be. There were many twists and turns in the book that I did not foresee.
Christopher John Francis Boone knows all the countries of the world and their capitals and every prime number up to 7,057. He relates well to animals but has no understanding of human emotions. He cannot stand to be touched. And he detests the color yellow. This improbable story of Christopher’s quest to investigate the suspicious death of a neighborhood dog makes for one captivating, unusual, and widely heralded novels in recent years.
If you couldn’t tell from the synopsis, Christopher has autism. It does not mean he is less intelligent than other people, he is extra sensitive to noise and crowds of people. He doesn’t get or understand our social cues. He’s really different from others who may not understand him, in fact, when he got with strangers, they thought he was quite odd. It was hard to read to be honest because was so much information but I loved seeing him do things he was afraid of and how he changed. It Definitely gave me a view of what life is like for someone who has autism.
First of all, it started with a dog murder. I love animals so it was hard to read that someone had purposefully killed a dog. Once I got over that, I slowly made my way to read the book. The story is told from Christopher’s perception and it was so well written that it really just took me time for me to digest what I read. It was just really well written. From people doubting his ability to pass A-level maths ( British thing this American knows nothing about) to him trying to write a book and figure out who killed the dog.
As I mentioned before, he’s very sensitive to crowds and noise and doesn’t like to be touched by strangers, seeing all that he was able to do by the end of the book was remarkable. I know plenty of people who wouldn’t have done what he did. Even down to the format of the paged themselves, it really tied everything together. I’m trying not to give too much away but he finds out some pretty earth shattering information about his life. Information that I easily identify with. He learns a secret about his family and it has to do with a lie he was told as a child. Again, I’m trying not to spoil the book!
I gave this book 4/5 stars. Wow is all I have to say. What book have you enjoyed lately?