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

TheCuriousIncident  What do we know of autism and the autistic? In my family there was one boy with this condition, but that part of the family is not very close. Thus Mark Haddon’s book “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time(“Vintage” 2003; ISBN 1400032717; 226p.) was a very interesting find. It’s informative in both “did you know?” way and on subject of autism. For instance, one of my favorite rappers on YouTube (Dan Bull) is autistic and here, after this book, I can really understand some nuances of his behavior better. My opinion in no way changed, he’s still my favorite and he’ll stay an artist firstly, all his conditions come secondly, no matter how great or small, mind you.
The story is told and thus the book is “written” by an autistic lad, Christopher. From him we learn such “did you know” facts as: universe is a disk and thus Milky Way is not just some line of stars in the sky, or his name, name Christopher, meaning “carrying Christ” and so on. At the same time we also learn how he doesn’t like color brown or yellow, but loves color red, and how he can’t eat yellow or brown food, but if he likes it a lot, he’d put red food coloring into it. And so here it is, his teacher suggested for him to write a book and he really likes projects, so he takes it upon himself. And since he doesn’t like fantasies, because those things didn’t really happen, which means they’re lies, and lies make him feel scared and bad, he decides to write a detective story that indeed happens to him. Of course, he steps out of the detective boundaries very soon, but the book is superb. It begins with him walking in the night and noticing a pitchfork, or a garden fork, as he called it. Natural conclusion there – it stood erect, so it was in something. And there lay his neighbor’s dog, not moving… Someone killed the dog and he was up to figure out who, because while in books usually no one cares for who killed a dog, he likes dogs better than people and thinks that it should happen, a person who killed a dog should go to prison.
A lot of things happen along the way, a lot of things are new for him, scary. But he finds new bravery in him and it’s just amazing to watch the will he manages to find in himself. It’s truly a beautiful story worth to read even to those who also do not like fantasies. Be it because it’s lies, or because it doesn’t teach you anything. So I’ll give it 5 stars out of 5. It’s unique and it’s brilliant. Loved it.

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