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

I don’t know what I originally thought this book was about, but it definitely wasn’t about an autistic boy finding his neighbours dead dog impaled with a pitch fork.

This was a book that I judged by the cover. I kept seeing these simple covers with ridiculous book titles and finally I found this one in a thrift store and decided I needed to give it a go without actually reading the back completely.

I can’t stress enough that not reading the back of a book can be so magical. It was a complete surprise as to what was going on and it was well worth the wait.

The beat of this book is different from my usual writers and the main character was very interesting to follow through his story. It was well written, well plotted, well developed and I really liked it.

A lot of people see kids and people with mental disabilities as just their supposed disabilities, but they get to see the world in a totally different light and I enjoyed being privy to that through a writer who did so in a way that wasn’t insulting or demeaning in the least. The story follows Christopher through solving a mystery of how his neighbours dog came to be dead and finding out much and more about the people around him and what he is capable of when he views his own life as being in danger.

Mark Haddon really nailed it and opened my eyes and I definitely suggest this book to everyone it was really cool to see through the eyes of someone who doesn’t have the same rhythm I do.

Hope to find more of his work soon!


2 thoughts on “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time–Mark Haddon

  1. I had to read this book for school and I wasn’t looking forward to it . After I read it I was shocked . It was different than what I expected. Its now one of my favorite books

    1. I’m so glad it’s one of your favourites! It quickly became one of mine too. It’s so wonderful to read books where writers are branching out from the typical mysteries, romances, etc. I’m happy that Mark Haddon use to work with these kinds of kids too so he really understood them and what makes them tick, it makes it so much more than just an author researching and writing, he has hands on knowledge and compassion.

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