The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night –Time is a book written about a boy who has Asperger’s Syndrome or what is more commonly known as The Little Professor Syndrome. Mark Haddon, the author of the book, has had the chance to work with people with disabilities which made it very possible for him to pan out this book from the perspective of a boy who had Asperger’s Syndrome.
The narration was perfectly from the spectrum of the main character. If you read the book, you cannot help but narrate it in your head with a very scholarly voice. Everything is detailed and the statements are cold but straightforward. Which brings me to the irony of how I felt upon reaching the climax of the story – no matter how matter-of-fact the narration is, you cannot help but feel for the main character, Christopher. This book simply does not need too much “BAMS!” and “OOH-LA-LA’s” to make the reader burst into tears. Okay, that was just me. But it will pinch your soul somewhere in there, I promise.
The dog, for me, was a symbol. It was dead and it was found by a child and the child was ready to do just about anything to find out who killed the dog even if the dog was insignificant to his life. I’m sure a lot of you can relate with the need to search for answers which are irrelevant to our lives. Then once we find the answers we want, we come to a realization that these are actually answers we need. In his quest, he finds out that his mother, who he believed was dead, left them to go to London because she had an affair with their neighbor, the dog’s owner. So he, even with his disabilities, rides a train to see his mom. From here on, I was glued and I was not able to put the book down. I’m sure you would have the same alluring experience! The tone of the book made it even more amazing!
What did I Pick Up The Most?
Never lie to children. They will find out, one way or another, that you lied to them. It will hurt them even if you lied to protect them. Instead, try to explain circumstances the best way that you can without sugar-coating or exaggerating.
I rate this book 5 out of 5 stars! Hands down! 🙂
Credits to: Belle & Beau Collections! I got my copy of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time from them (among many other books 🙂 )