Friday, July 12, 2013

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time by Mark Haddon (review by Camille P. '14)

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-TimeThe Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Mark Haddon’s The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time is a moving story told through the eyes of an autistic adolescent boy. What starts as a mystery novel as the narrator tries to decipher who killed his neighbor’s pet poodle, morphs into an uplifting often humorous story about a boy forced to face his greatest fears. When he travels to a train station, for example, he is overwhelmed by unfamiliarity. Haddon merely states facts and allows the reader space for analysis. The denouement and ending are short and rather abrupt, but they do not detract from the overall enjoyment. With only 250 pages, this book is a fast read. - Camille P. '14

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  1. Wow!!! I'll definitely check out this book! Thanks for the rec Camille P.!

    1. I agree, this is a fantastic recommendation! I only just finished The Mysterious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, and I'm still reeling from the experience. Haddon's narrator is perfectly crafted -- whenever he felt sick, so did I, but the detachment with which he faces some of the book's most moving scenes is heartbreaking. The ending, as Camille mentioned, is abrupt enough and rattling enough that I know this novel won't leave my mind for a long, long time. Thanks again for the suggestion!