The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
by Mark Haddon
reviewed by LinhDan Pham, class of 2015
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time by Mark Haddon is probably one of my favorites read. It is unlike any other book in a way because it shows me what it is like for people with asperges syndrome. This book also really sparks the scientific side of me since I love science-related-things. However, I think that this is definitely not for the faint hearted people, since there are a little bit of swearing and violent actions. However, it is not so bad to put it in the vulgarity and violence genre.
The story starts when the protagonist Christopher Boone, a fifteen-year-old boy, discovered a dead dog on his neighbor’s lawn. Christopher Boone has a psychological disorder called asperges and he lives with is father. Throughout his life, his dad told him that his mother had died in a hospital because of a heart attack. Christopher learned to accept that fact until the day he discoverers letters written by his mother to him hidden in his father’s room. Christopher then takes on trip to find out what happens to the dog and his mother in England.
Even though this book contains some mystery and suspense, it is actually funny. The best part of this book for me was how Mark Haddon creates the voice of Christopher very flat and simple. I think this is very effective because Christopher do have problems in his speech, therefore gives the reader a more realistic view on autism. Overall it is a very interesting and intriguing book for me.