Aug 18, 2009

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

(August's 1001 Book Challenge Pick)

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

From Goodreads- The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, is a murder mystery of sorts--one told by an autistic version of Adrian Mole. Fifteen-year-old Christopher John Francis Boone is mathematically gifted and socially hopeless, raised in a working-class home by parents who can barely cope with their child's quirks. He takes everything that he sees (or is told) at face value, and is unable to sort out the strange behavior of his elders and peers.
Late one night, Christopher comes across his neighbor's poodle, Wellington, impaled on a garden fork. Wellington's owner finds him cradling her dead dog in his arms, and has him arrested. After spending a night in jail, Christopher resolves--against the objection of his father and neighbors--to discover just who has murdered Wellington. He is encouraged by Siobhan, a social worker at his school, to write a book about his investigations, and the result--quirkily illustrated, with each chapter given its own prime number--is The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time.

I've had this book in my TBR pile for awhile now, finally got to read it since I made it my first pick for my 1001 Book Challenge.

This book was heartwarming, and funny. The main character Christopher has autism, and it was very interesting seeing how his mind works. The book was Christopher, if that makes sense. The chapters were numbered with prime numbers because he loved prime numbers. There were also diagrams, and illustrations throughout the book. It just made it more touching for me. The story itself was not great, but it was good. I just think that I love reading more about Christopher than the actual mystery, The characters played so much more of a part in this book than the actual story, to me.

Final thoughts, this book is a quick and fun read. I enjoyed the character of Christopher, the plot was definitely secondary to me.

Rated: 3.5/5


  1. I look forward to reading this one... I have it on TBR!

  2. I keep seeing this book so I think it's time for me to read it.


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