The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon was the first stop in my Summer 2015 Readathon!
This book was fabulous and eye-opening. However, as Christopher would ask “how could a book be eye-opening?” This book truly showed me the struggles that individuals with savant autism endure on a daily basis. It also gives a look into the obstacles parents face while raising a child that has this condition. Haddon, however, does not make Christopher’s condition the main focus of the plot. He creatively makes the novel a mystery novel. The novel is “written” by Christopher himself and it follows his detective work that he completes in order to uncover who killed Wellington the dog. However, when you try to uncover one secret you may find other skeletons left in your father’s closet. Sorry, Christopher… I know you did not actually find any skeleton’s in your father’s closet.
All in all, the book was engaging. The style was very informal but still sophisticated and creative. The characters were not very pivotal in the novel, but that did not detract away from how I felt about them. I sympathized with both his mother and father, and I really wanted things to work out for them. The book is quite short and only took me a couple of days to read. I would recommend to anyone who is interested in books where the protagonist talks directly to the reader and has no definite plot. It is simply a mystery journal written by a very special young man who I came to respect and love. I really hope he gets an A grade in his further maths and physics A-level tests.
Read ya later,