Mark Haddon takes us into the mind and thought processes of an autistic
boy’s world of simplicity, confusion, intrigue, and mystery with The
Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time. A murder has taken place
in Christopher John Francis Boone’s neighborhood. No, it wasn’t
Professor Plum, in the study, with a pipe. It was, however, Mrs.
Shears’s pet poodle, Wellington, in the backyard, with a pitchfork. In
Christopher’s world, where lies are not an option, human emotions are
not understood, and realities are altered from the norm, he sets out to
uncover and expose Wellington’s murderer. It proves to be a monumental
effort as he doesn’t talk to strangers, can’t stand to be touched, and
avoids anything yellow and brown (poo is brown). Why are four
yellow cars in a row an omen for a “black day”? If someone tells you to
“be quiet”, does that mean for the moment, the day, or forever?
33554432 is 2 to the 25th power. If you see a sign that tells you to
keep off the grass does that mean just around the sign or everywhere?
Is there a God? Solving the mystery and catching Wellington’s murderer
could challenge even the best of us.
When your world is governed by
rules of unwavering logic and literal interpretations, the challenge is
laid out for Christopher. The investigation starts and facts are being uncovered asChristopher
scours the neighborhood for the truth against his father’s wishes for
him to keep his nose out of other people’s business. The inquisition
soon sweeps us along, with Christopher, on another journey that proves
to be far more personal than the murder Mrs. Shears’s dog.Christopher
discovers the real truths about his mom and dad and their marriage as
his life of yellow cars, black days, super good days, and dreams of
becoming an astronaut start to crumble around him. Autism isn’t
easily understood when the world is seen through ordinary eyes and
human emotions can control the situation at hand. Mark Haddon opens
this world up to us in The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The