The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon
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Centered around Christopher Boone, a 15 year-old with Asperger’s syndrome, the story follows his quest to uncover who murdered his neighbour’s dog, Wellington.
This novel brings a fresh perspective by telling the story from Christopher’s point of view as he tries to navigate the world around him and his relationships. Not only does he pursue Wellington’s killer using his superior analytical skills and logic, but he also undergoes significant personal development.
After he discovers hidden letters from his late mother, he begins to reconsider some aspects of his life and how newly found information might impact his future… The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time‘s unique lens is both refreshing and captivating, and it will have readers hung up on every word!
Overall, I was really impressed with this novel. In my experience, I have never read a novel that took on such an analytical and logistical tone in a fictional setting, and I found it to be quite refreshing!
I enjoyed reading about the dynamic plot that takes the young protagonist on a journey around the city as he sleuths his way to Wellington’s killer, but also seeing the unique struggles and challenges that he endures and overcomes trying to navigate the world with Asperger’s. Though I really enjoyed the plot, this novel was also a really enlightening experience for me as someone who did not already possess any extensive knowledge about this condition, nor what it is like to have it.
It is certainly an easier read with a straightforward plotline, but nonetheless I still found it be a really enriching book! Years after having discovered it, it’s still one of my favorite reads!