Saturday, 15 September 2012

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time

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

#1 International bestseller Whitbread book of the year 2003.
Genre: Mystery, Fiction.
It was 7 minutes after midnight. The dog was lying on the
 grass in the middle of the lawn in front of Mrs. Shears’s
 house. Its eyes were closed. It looked as if it was running 
on its side, the way dogs run when they think they are 
chasing a cat in a dream. But the dog wasn’t running or asleep. 
 The dog was dead.”

 In this book we see the world through Christopher John Francis Boone’s eyes.  He takes A-Level maths, hates the colors brown and yellow, knows all the countries and their capitals of the world, and just happens to have Asperger’s syndrome.  See the world through his eyes as he overcomes some of the biggest challenges of his life. Like solving the murder mystery of Wellington the dog, living with his father, and coping with the loss of his supposedly dead mother. 
                I love this book because of the way it is written - we see the entire world through Christopher’s eyes and mind. Mark has done a excellent job portraying that view throughout the entire book.  This book is structured like a journal, so it is very interesting to read. It’s basically all of Christopher’s thoughts on pages, like a window into his brain. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time is not part of a series. It is an easy read and very gripping.  I would not suggest this book for children under 12 due to some serious subject matter, but older audiences will find it really intriguing and I would strongly recommend it to anyone.  The Curious  made me laugh and cry even though Christopher’s feelings aren’t very detailed other than, “I was scared,” or “this made me happy.” Mark Haddon has created a new kind of everyday hero.


1 comment:

  1. Ali,
    This was a very good review, I really enjoyed in your critique paragraph how you recommended a proper age for this book, it really made the review more unique. Overall this was a really good review and it was very well written. :)