Review: The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon (YA)

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

Summary (from Goodreads):

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.

This improbable story of Christopher’s quest to investigate the suspicious death of a neighborhood dog makes for one of the most captivating, unusual, and widely heralded novels in recent years.

Review:

I’ve mentioned in a previous post that I go through periods of focusing on young adult fiction. Well, this was one of those moments.

To be honest, I tried reading this a few years ago, but couldn’t ‘get into it’ for whatever reason. However, picking it up now, the story itself, Christopher (the protagonist), learning about his disability, his family life, and his unique method of investigating the death of his neighbour’s dog, had me interested from almost the beginning (it takes me a while to become truly interested in a story).

The characters are believable because they are flawed, and this is what kept me reading. I wanted to learn more Christopher’s family (mother dies of cancer, and the father – a mechanic – is raising Christopher alone), his neighbours, who are colourful and not unlike some of my own, and his teachers that both inspire and try to hold Christopher back. It is the human relationships, complicated and messy, that drives the story. The story takes quite a twist about halfway through, that affects both Christopher’s investigation and his family life – sort of saw it coming, but it did nothing to lessen the surprise.

Overall, I enjoyed the novel and recommended it.

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