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

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Christopher John Francis Boone knows all the countries of the world and their capitals and every prime number up to 7,057. He relates well to animals but has no understanding of human emotions. He cannot stand to be touched. And he detests the color yellow.

Although gifted with a superbly logical brain, for fifteen-year-old Christopher everyday interactions and admonishments have little meaning. He lives on patterns, rules, and a diagram kept in his pocket. Then one day, a neighbor’s dog, Wellington, is killed and his carefully constructive universe is threatened. Christopher sets out to solve the murder in the style of his favourite (logical) detective, Sherlock Holmes. What follows makes for a novel that is funny, poignant and fascinating in its portrayal of a person whose curse and blessing are a mind that perceives the world entirely literally. (Goodreads)

 

My Review

My Rating: 4/5

Mark Haddon does a wonderful job of showing the reader the complete, thorough thought process of Christopher Boone. He is the only character anyone reading this will ever ‘like’ but other characters cannot be blamed for their actions or thoughts, it is just that they do not understand.

I laughed and I was sad, over and over, often at the same time. A harrowingly funny story about disabilities, family, and hope.

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