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

Updated on March 15, 2013

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

'The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time' by Mark Haddon is a touching story about one very unusual boy. Haddon's character Christopher is a fifteen years old boy with autistic spectrum condition. He lives with his father, and believes that his mother died two years ago. Because of this, he doesn't have good people skills, and it's very hard to him to communicate with others. On the other hand, he is remarkable at math and he has a goal to pass mathematics A-level test and to become scientist in the future. As he says, he is 'a mathematician with behavioral difficulties'.

Book Plot

'The Curious Incident of the Dog in Night-Time' begins when Christopher finds his neighbour's dead pet. Dog named Wellington has been murdered on a very cruel way, and police suspect on Christopher because of his weird behavior during the investigation.

However, he is not the dogs real killer, but he has a goal to find out who is. In order to do that, he starts writing a book 'murder mystery novel' where he writes down his conclusions about this event, like a real investigator. His father, who cares for him very much, is trying to stop him in these efforts. Unfortunately, Christopher isn't a regular boy and his father has a really hard time raising him. And this new obsession almost makes it impossible to maintain that.

But that's not the end. When Christopher finds out the truth about the dog's murderer and some disturbing things about his mother, his entire life will change.

Why is This Book So Special?

This book is interesting because Christopher's actions and decisions are very different than everything someone else would do. He is a very unusual boy, and his unique point of view makes this book radically different than any other. Mark Haddon's intention with 'The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time' was to make us think in a new way and see the world through the eyes of someone who has autistic spectrum condition.

As I said, this kid is great at math, so this is a good reading choice for anyone that like interesting mathematical problems and their explanations. Also, the numbers of the chapters doesn't increase regularly. This boy really likes prime numbers, so numbers or chapters goes like: 2, 3, 5, 7 etc.

If you are looking for something special, unusual to read, Mark Haddon is definitely the writer for you.

Have you read this book? Do you like it?

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    • diplorging profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Serbia

      You're right, but I think Haddon's intention wasn't to make us love Christopher.

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      6 years ago

      Interestingly, I just recently finished the book, based on a friend's recommendation. It was interesting, but I can't say I really liked the main character--Haddon portrayed him as a wooden, one-dimensional idiot (in spite of his obviously high intellect in certain areas) who was incapable of personal growth or learning from his experiences. I've seen much more positive portrayals of characters with autism or Asperger's Syndrome in other stories.

    • diplorging profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Serbia

      Thank you very much

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      Jim Higgins 

      6 years ago from Eugene, Oregon

      A great review that made me very interested in the book. Well written too.

      Welcome to Hubpages!

    • diplorging profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Serbia

      I also like 'A Spot of Bother', it's really funny

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      Dave Henderson 

      6 years ago from Missouri, USA

      It is worth mentioning that this book is by Mark Haddon, an Englishman. I have not read this book, but read and enjoyed another of his books, "A Spot of Bother," very much indeed. He has just published a new novel, "The Red House."


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