Wednesday, 20 March 2013

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time.

By Mark Haddon
The Curious Incident of the dog in the night-time. First page and I was confused as It starts on chapter two. After making sure I hadn't bought a faulty book and that yes, the whole things starts on the second chapter, which is really the first chapter, I read on. The beginning of the book jumps around a lot, starting with you seemingly randomly being shown the dead dog from a young boy's point of view, then a page later goes on to tell you about the protagonist Christopher John Francis Boone who knows all the capital cities in the world and every prime number up to 7,507.
The style of writing is rather illogical and unemotional which completely throws you off because of the subject matter but as you read on you realize, This is perfectly normal for the young boy Christopher as this is how he processes things normally. What's normal for him may not necessarily be normal for others. And that's because he has Autism.
Now being exposed to autism and knowing of it in the past, reading this novel I realized that I was quite ignorant and this really opened my eyes to what it's really like and how people with autism really think and perceive things. And from then on the whole book becomes logical and is really a fascinating read! The character is written amazingly and really draws you into the book, he was not written to evoke sympathy but he really teaches you how life is really like for him.
The book takes you on a Journey with Christopher as he goes out of his comfort zone to try and logically solve the case of the murdered dog and learns a few hard to accept home truths along the way. Although its not written in an emotive style you definitely will feel an array of emotions that top of this remarkable book.
Its positively superb, funny yet bleak. Definitely give it a read and see what you think and what you can learn from it.

k.

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