Wednesday, March 14, 2012

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

Book #3 for 2012: The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon

As the title suggests, it all started when Christopher John Francis Boone saw his neighbour's dog was killed on one night. 

Christopher, a 15-year-old boy with Asperger's syndrome, embarked on a solo mission to find out who impaled Wellington, the dog, with a pitchfork - a mission that not only solved the mystery but changed the way he perceived the people around him as well. 

The story is narrated by Christopher himself and his condition with Asperger's syndrome played a large part in the storytelling. He uses logic and calculations to make his every decision, and whenever he faced difficulties in explaining he would illustrate them, through diagrams or charts.

I don't really know how to explain this book because, well, it is so simple and direct-to-the-point. There's nothing much to be discussed or explored but to read it yourself. While Google Books, Amazon and other notable book review/ book vendor websites have high praise for 'The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time' with each site giving on average four out of five star, I still have some hesitation. 

The lack of emotional side of Christopher annoyed me throughout the book. Although I know he was a character living with autism and I have nothing but great respect for parents taking care of children with such condition, I still found it irritating and annoyed of his character. By the time I reached the fifth or sixth chapter, I was ready to throw away the book and read another one - which of course I didn't but it was a complete ordeal for me to finish it.

In conclusion, the book is for someone who appreciates an insight into the mind of a fifteen year old with autism carrying an investigation about the death of a dog. Very straightforward, very boring. Despite being called 'not your average run-of-the-mill teenager investigation book' and being honored with numerous awards and accolades, I won't give it another round of read no matter how desperately bored I get. I'd rather watch paint dry.
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Izzul Wafi said...

Have read this book before, and yes, a recommended peace of reading material. Plus its a really good story...

Kye. said...

Would love to know more how you find this book. It might be a good story but for me, not really my cup of tea.