The Curious Incident of The Dog in the Night-Time is written by Mark Haddon. He is an English writer who has written fifteen books for children. This novel won the Whitbread Novel of the Year Award.
Although was written for older children it is also excellent adult reading. In actual fact I would have put it in the adult category of novel because of the subject matter.
This is a murder mystery novel with a strange twist. It is highly original in its story line. Christopher Boone, who is just fifteen years old, suffers from Asperger’s Syndrome and he is both narrator and detective in the story.
Christopher knows lots about maths but hardly anything about human beings and their emotions. He likes truth, patterns and lists, but hates being touched and anything brown, or yellow.
He has never been anywhere on his own but when he find a neighbour’s dog has been murdered, he sets out on a journey that changes his whole world completely.
This is an intriguing book and I must admit that I couldn’t put it down. The reader gets drawn into Christopher’s mind and the results are fascinating. This is an excellent book to read if you are interested in learning about autism because the incidents and thinking described are often true to the condition.
This is a fantastic book and it’s a real experience to read it.
Published by Vintage Books, London. Copyright: Mark Haddon 2003