Monday, September 12, 2011

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

   This book by Mark Haddon is so unique and fresh. I can see that it may be confusing if someone didn’t know this book was written from the point of view of a boy with autism. But, I’d been fore-warned. It was very convincing. It was a real insight into an autistic brain ... not that I’ve had anything to compare it to, so how authentic is it, really?
   Christopher is a teenage boy with autism, attending a special school and living with his single father. His father is very patient, and seems to do very well with Christopher. He allows Christopher to be who he is, and doesn’t expect anything. 
   I really sympathise with Christopher’s father, too. He was really hurt by his wife, and wanted to protect his son. He didn’t know what affect his mother leaving would have on Christopher - he is such an unknown quantity. He started the lie because he was hurting, and he continued it because he didn’t know how to do anything else. He didn’t want his life to be any more difficult than it was. I’m glad that Christopher and his father have started to heal by the end of the book. The
ending was satisfying, because the book has a lovely afterlife. You can imagine Christopher’s parents working closer together, and Christopher’s relationship with his father continuing to improve, and then Christopher going off to university with one or both of his parents.

   Christopher’s mother doesn’t cope very well. She’s not patient. She doesn’t understand Christopher, and she doesn’t seem to try to. She runs away, because it’s all too hard. I find her weak and frustrating. It’s easier for me to forgive his father than his mother. I think she’s unworthy. Her son is very special, and she couldn’t put in the time.
   The tangents in the book were really refreshing. They were well timed, and the topics were brilliant. They gave another dimension to Christopher and his thoughts and intelligence.
   This book is going to have a long-lasting effect on me.


  1. I remember reading this book a few years ago after recommendations from various family members, it was well worth the read.

    Like you I felt sympathetic towards the father, he really does try whereas the mother actually annoyed me to the extent I started getting really wound up!

    I'm so glad to see a review of this book as I did almost pass it over at first because of the way it was written, but turned out to be different for me in a good way.

  2. I also read this a few years ago and found it well worth the read.
    Nice blog!

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  4. Great review, I read this years ago before I started reviewing. I think your right it is a good insight into autism whether you have something to compare it to or not it certainly gets you thinking.


  5. Love this book. I read it about five years ago and I tell others about it often. Thanks

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  6. I really liked this book and it helped me to get an idea of what someone with autism or aspergers is thinking or feeling. Since then I have read many other books from characters with autism/asbergers. Some others you might like:
    The London Eye Mystery