The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon

A bestselling modern classic – both poignant and funny – about a boy with autism who sets out to solve the murder of a neighbor’s dog and discovers unexpected truths about himself and the world.

A story that is, initially, far sadder than you’d expect (assuming you love puppies) and ends far happier than you thought was at all possible.

Christoper 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.

This improbably story of Christopher’s quest to investigate the suspicious death of a neighborhood dog makes for one of the most captivating, unusual, and widely heralded novels in recent years.

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time humanizes a condition that, having not known many autistic people, I know so little about. I’m specifically curious about where Christopher’s autism would fall on the spectrum and whether or not the internal narrative is an accurate representation of autism. I’m not sure where exist, if there are any, resources on this though.

Still, without this previous knowledge, the story was amazing. The narrative flows in such a different way from most and shares details that you never thought could make a story deeper. It’s an emotional story that incorporates very real problems in family life and accepts that not all resolutions are found by easy paths. Somehow, it is simultaneously comical and sort of up-lifting.

Right now, I think it’s the best kind of feel-good book you can find.

Photo and synopsis from Amazon

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