Book Review: The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

January 4, 2016 Book Review 12

Book Review: The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-TimeThe Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon
Published by Vintage on May 18th 2004
Genres: Fiction, Young Adult
Pages: 226
Format: Paperback
Source: purchased


After having this one on my shelf for quite a few years I finally picked it up as my first read for 2016.

Christopher, the protagonist, has a form of autism. He seems brilliant when it comes to numbers and remembering facts; dealing with people and social situations, not so much.  The only touch he seems to be able to tolerate is that of an animal – his favorite pet rat or the next door neighbor’s dog – Wellington.

When Christopher discovers Wellington with a garden rake poking out of his fur, he loses it. No one seems to know who or why Wellington was murdered. So Christopher takes it on himself to detect the culprit. His favorite storybook character is Sherlock Holmes.  Christopher uses Holmes’ methods of deduction and reasoning to investigate Wellington’s death.

Christopher’s world is turned inside out as the progression of his investigation continues. We follow along in his head as he tries to make sense of the senseless. Several paragraphs I had to skip over. Whenever Christopher went off on a mathematical equation  my eyes would glaze over and brain would go into a deep, thick fog. But I had to keep reading because the mystery was compelling, the characters heart-breaking and Christopher, whom I wanted to envelope into a long mama hug, could not be touched. To be autistic sounds incredibly difficult, but almost even more so difficult, I think, would be the one to take care of an autistic child. God bless the saints who care for the autistic person.

Recommended for those who enjoyed Flowers for Algernon or Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close.

Have you read this oldie?


12 Responses to “Book Review: The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time”

  1. Melodie

    I read this last year and truly enjoyed it. As a mother of a high needs child, though only borderline Autistic, it’s comforting to know, regardless of the fact that this was fiction, that some understand the challenge. I could almost visualize his thought process, scary!

    • Stacy

      I would imagine reading this book from Christopher’s perspective was cathartic for you. I can definitely see how reading this would make any parent of a high needs or autistic child feel understood. The one thing I picked up on that I never really understood before is the touch and finding ways around hugging. That part was heart-breaking to me. Melodie, my hats off to you.
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  2. Tea Time with Marce

    I’m glad you put the math part, I have considered this one in the past but the math would turn me off, I have tried another book with math, good story but just interrupts the flow of reading. My friend has an autistic son, she is his best advocate ever, so hard because their minds are different but many are brilliant.
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