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The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time - Mark Haddon [Mar. 16th, 2012|10:34 pm]



Title: The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time
Author: Mark Haddon
Genre: Novel, Autism, Family
Publisher: Vintage, 2010
Pages: Hardcover, 272
Language: English
Rating: 8.5/10
Summary: Fifteen year old Christopher has Asperger's (a form of autism) and therefore experiences the world a little differently than other people. One evening he finds his neighbour's dog dead and he decides to be a detective to find out what happened

This was a very popular book that I avoided because of the hype when it came out, I'm stubborn like that. But when I came across it again during the 3 for 2 week at Waterstone's, I couldn't resist the cool design on the cover.
The book is written like Christopher's personal journal and reading it feels very intimate, despite him being quite rational and mostly emotionless about the events. His seemingly detached state somehow makes the story even more heartbreaking, because the things he discovers are quite overwhelming and it almost feels like you as a reader have to take on Christopher's non existent emotions as well. I also liked how he struggles not only with the content, but also with the form of the story (see above image of lay-out of a list of things in his pocket), it's an additional illustration of his inability to process what is happening and his need to organize his thoughts.

I completely understand why this book was such a big hit. Don't be like me and dismiss it because of the simple summary or whatever other reason. It's an amazing story.