The Curious incident of the dog in the nighttime by Mark Haddon
Audio book Option: Presented by Recorded Books, an Unabridged Reading Narrated by Jeff Woodman
Publisher: Vintage Contemporaries
Genre: Fiction, YA, Classic
Post Book Thoughts: Well that was strangely frustrating and fun at the same time
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 a 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 neighbour’s dog, Wellington, is killed and his carefully constructive universe is threatened.
Christopher sets out to solve the murder in the style of his favorite (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.
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Now I don’t know if you noticed but I gave the audio book option for this too because I actually listened to this book as opposed to reading it, while cleaning the house, so if any of you find cleaning to be duller than flavourless crushed ice audio books are one way to survive it!
I do realise the statement in my post book thoughts is slightly oxymoronic and here’s my version of a defense for this (NOTE I have tried very hard to keep this spoiler free);
FUN – It’s a really fascinating twist on a ‘detective novel’ I was genuinely impressed with the base of this story and I understand the whole butterfly effect theory going on here.
One incident leading to another, if Christopher never investigated the dogs death, he would have never found out about his mother etc etc.
FRUSTRATING – It was such a cool plot line! And with the characters created I feel Mark Hammond could have done a better job with the investigation!
Finding out who the murderer the way we find out was a bit disappointing, because while I understand that the core of this book is about Christopher’s life and not the actual whodunit, it would’ve been nice for there to be at least some small build up to this revelation.
I may have found this frustrating because I am big lover of OTT kids detective novels, (yes I grew up reading Enid Blyton) but this was rather anticlimactic, much rather like life I suppose, which is probably why it was frustrating.
Like the blurb suggested this book really did not have any comic value to it, at least in my point of view.
It was a very interesting look into the life of an autistic child through their eyes, most of the time I was just concerned, for him, the people around him, people like Christopher and how hard it is for them to comfortably function in this very loud and intrusive world. This is all probably just me, but I will admit the book does do a decent job of creating a view of how life is when it comes to the interactions of people with different abilities and capabilities. It felt a bit like a lesson on sensitivity and the importance of understanding, which is always a good thing.
All in all though as much as I feel the book did not deliver what was exactly promised it still in my opinion is a book worth picking up and reading (or listening).
Brownie points: the narrative is rather good