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The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time by Mark Haddon

I’m a sucker for a book with an interesting title and this one got my attention. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time by Mark Haddon is an intriguing book and different from anything I’ve read in awhile.  For instance, the chapters are numbered with only prime numbers and it’s written as if done by the main character, Christopher who is a 15 year old autistic boy in England.  After his neighbor’s dog is killed, Christopher decides to write a murder mystery to figure out who the killer is. Inspired by his favorite character, Sherlock Holmes, Christopher questions his neighbors (despite his father’s warnings not to) and eventually finds a lot more information than he bargained for and some upsetting family secrets are revealed. Christopher can’t tell lies, and has various ‘behavior problems’ which he lists in the book.  Some of the items on his list are serious, but others are amusing. I don’t know much about autism so it was interesting to live inside the mind of this character. How accurate it is, I don’t know.  But as I was reading along, his strange quirks actually started to make sense to me: like why he doesn’t like the colors yellow and brown, or why he likes “doing maths” and prime numbers, or how he likes all things logical, or how counting calms him.  All in all it’s a quick and easy read and it has inspired me to learn more about Autism.  I found Christopher to be a likable and interesting character and I enjoyed the narrative writing style. The author shows readers life through the eyes of someone with autism, which is fascinating to anyone who likes reading something a little out of the ordinary.  I would recommend this novel to those who seek an easy to read, quirky book that highlights someone with an irregular life.

Tia L.

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