You may remember that this book choice was for an office book club. Well, that didn’t pan out very well, and I was the only one who read the book by our deadline of February 14th. I even made muffins for our meeting because someone said that wine is what makes book clubs fun. And muffins were the next best work-appropriate thing! I am not totally discouraged because two other ladies in the office did make significant strides in the book, but hadn’t finished by our date, so hopefully we can discuss it when they’re finished. Onto my review!
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time by Mark Haddon is about Christopher Boone, an autistic teenage boy with a very real understanding of his world and how he views it. His statements are very matter-of-fact, whether he’s speaking about the order of his day, or about finding a dead dog in the street on his nightly stroll. Finding this dog sets off the detective in Christopher and he finds out much more than he was looking for.
Haddon does a great job of writing from an autistic person’s point of view. I have always been interested in the spectrum of autism and Asperger’s. And this narration really does provide insight into how the everyday is processed by someone with autism. I also like that the book has not been “translated” into American English, the way some English author’s books have been. The subtleties of the British English really add to the story as well.
The narration could have hurt the story. Or the story could have hurt the narration. But, Haddon makes them work together. He gives Christopher a great range of emotion despite the lack of his emotional scope. And the plot is only enhanced by the simplicity of the narration.
I really enjoyed this book, and can’t wait to hear what the other ladies, or you, thought of this book!