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

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

Back in high school, I have read a lot of books for my French classes, and this was one of them. I was always patient by mental illnesses and psychology, especially illnesses like bipolarity, Asperger Syndrom, Schizophrenia, and Borderline Personality Disorder. This book covers Autism which is a mental condition, present from early childhood, characterized by difficulty in communicating and forming relationships with other people and in using language and abstract concepts. According to AutismSpeaks.com, “The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates autism’s prevalence as 1 in 68 children in the United States. This includes 1 in 42 boys and 1 in 189 girls.” Moreover, certain medical and mental health issues frequently accompany autism. They include gastrointestinal (GI) disorders, seizures, sleep disturbances, attention deficit and hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), anxiety and phobias. Anyway, this is a synopsis of the book: 

Christopher 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. Although gifted with a superbly logical brain, for fifteen-year-old Christopher Everyday interactions and admonishments have little meaning. He lives on patterns, rules, and a diagram kept in his pocket. Then one day, a neighbor’s dog, Wellington, is killed and his carefully constructive universe is threatened. Christopher sets out to solve the murder in the style of his favorite (logical) detective, Sherlock Holmes. What follows makes for a novel that is funny, poignant and fascinating in its portrayal of a person whose curse and blessing are a mind that perceives the world entirely literally.

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time is a murder mystery novel like no other. The detective and narrator are Christopher Boone. Christopher is fifteen and has Asperger’s Syndrome. He knows a very great deal about maths and very little about human beings. He loves lists, patterns, and the truth. He hates the colors yellow and brown and being touched. He has never gone further than the end of the road on his own, but when he finds a neighbor’s dog murdered he sets out on a terrifying journey which will turn his whole world upside down.

 

I really enjoyed reading this book back in high school, it really helps me understand what Autism was about. I really started to get my interest about psychology after reading this book. My cousin has autism and I have got a better understanding of what his mental disorder was about. I recommend this book for everyone who wants to get an idea how and why people with Autism (Asperger Syndrom) act this way. I believe everyone should take the time to read books about mental disorder before judging them. Great book, and a great story. 

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