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Publisher: Random House
'Lots of things are mysteries. But that doesn't mean there isn't an answer to them' This is Christopher's murder mystery story. There are also no lies in this story because Christopher can't tell lies. Christopher does not like strangers or the colours yellow or brown or being touched. On the other hand, he knows all the countries in the world and their capital cities and every prime number up to 7507. When Christopher decides to find out who killed the neighbour's dog, his mystery story becomes...
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon is told from the point of view of Christopher Boone, a 15 year old boy. The story begins when he discovers the death of his neighbour’s dog, and is determined to find out who committed the crime.
Christopher, the main character in this story, is on the autistic spectrum. The main reason I enjoyed this book so much was for the way in which it portrays autism. As the book progressed, so did my understanding of what everyday life is like for Christopher. I learned of how overwhelming social situations can be for him, and the ways he has developed to cope.
This book also explores how crucial a role special interests play in the lives of those who are on the autistic spectrum. Christopher’s special interests include maths and physics, and as such he is very passionate about them. I like how these were incorporated into the book, my favourite example being how the chapter numbers do not progress in the usual linear fashion that we would expect. Instead the author chooses the next chapter to begin on the next prime number in sequence, as Christopher likes prime numbers and the logic behind them.
This novel also deals with more upsetting issues surrounding autism, such as the lack of understanding the general public have surrounding this special need. Every couple of chapters the reader comes across examples of how people have jumped to conclusions. An example of this is in a scene where a police officer is questioning Christopher. He gives the officer short, precise answers, but the officer wrongly thinks that Christopher is hiding something, or not telling the truth.
However, this is not the case, but the officer loses his patience which catalyses another sequence of events. Sadly, this lack of patience is not limited to people Christopher does not know. There are several examples throughout the novel where his mother shouts at him and loses her patience with him over incidents that are not his fault.
Finally, I must mention that I understand that the experiences of those that have autism will differ greatly, but I felt that this book shows the reader what difficulties those on the spectrum face on a daily basis. It shows us the importance of understanding autism in helping those who have it, but also to recognise the extraordinary abilities and talents these people have. I give this book a rating of 5 out of 5 stars.
I thought this was a very insightful novel. Its written from the viewpoint of a teen child with aspergers. I wondered if it was a childrens book, only there are a few instances of very strong language, which made it clear to me that this is more for adults, to give an insight in to the insecurities of such kids, what scares them, how they view certain things and so on. It is partly a mystery, as a crime is committed and famiyl drama very much plays a part. I thought it was a fairly short, interesting read.
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