Book Review: The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

23.11.10

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Gossssssh it’s been a long time since my last book review! I’ve actually been reading Inkheart for a while; I got sucked in by the idea that words in stories could come to life, but I’m not actually sure if I’m particularly enjoying the book. It’s taking such a long time to read so I guess that’s an indication of how little I can be bothered to pick it up?

Mum handed me this book last week with the warning “I couldn’t get into it, maybe you can” ….and I could!

The book is written by Mark Haddon from the perspective of a 15 year old boy (Christopher) with Asperger’s syndrome. This is a condition on the Autism spectrum, meaning that social interaction is difficult alongside other repetitive behaviours. Seeing as I work with two boys on the spectrum it was a real eye-opener for me; many of the things that the main character struggles with, “my boys” do too and it was great to have a bit of an explanation behind it that the boys wouldn’t normally be able to give me. I don’t think I’ve explained that too well….but basically, all the training I’ve had has said that any changes could upset a person with ASC, and with impaired social interaction it isn’t the easiest thing in the world for them to put their thoughts and feelings into words, but it was still hard to grasp this fully. Christopher explains that, just as someone might wake up to sunshine and decide it’s a good day, if he sees 4 red cars in a row it means it’ll be a good day for him. This really put it into perspective for me and is just one of the ways that I feel this book has helped me relate to the boys I spend my days with.

The book was so easy to read; I finished it in a day! It’s not a recent release (I’m sure my Dad had it years ago) but it just never appealed to me. I have to say though, I’m so glad I did. Mum didn’t get into it because she doesn’t have first-hand experience of working with someone like this, so I’m not sure if it’s for everyone. At less than 200 pages long though, it’s not a big deal if you don’t enjoy it and shouldn’t take too much of your time in finding out! But this is a book filled with little snippets of information (such as black holes, prime numbers, how to solve a murder mystery ;) ) so you’ll definitely learn something!

Have any of you read this book already?

T x

7 comments

  1. I love love love this book! I read it a good few years ago but I remember how much I enjoyed it! It's one of my faves :) x x

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  2. I worked with a boy with autism for 18 months so this is what first attracted me to reading this book, but like your mum I couldn't get into it :( I don't know anyone else like this though, everyone says it's an amazing book. It's such a shame I didn't 'get it'. It's a brilliant storyline, but I think I didn't like the way it was written! :( xxx

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  3. Wow looks good, from judging the cover!

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  4. This is one of my favourite books :D
    I read it years ago and last year I needed to study it for my A Level English Literature exam and it was really fun (and really easy for me lol).
    Haddon also wrote another book which I read which is about family problems, it has his usual sly humour and I found that one fun to read too (if a bit depressing), but not as great as The Curious Incident :) xxx

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  5. i have never heard of ths book xxxxx

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  6. i love this book, i read it in high school a few years ago, i think it's a really interesting read.
    xx

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  7. @Alice Louise - it's definitely a memorable book...so sad when he leaves home :( x

    @Amy - ahhh it's certainly unique, so it's bound not to be everyone's cup of tea! x

    @AbigailNY - but you should never judge a book by it's cover! Worth a read though :) x

    @SkellyBones - yeah I'd heard he's written another one that's quite good....I'll have to track it down x

    @Kirstyb - you should find it and have a read! x

    @Jen - I wish I'd had to read it at school! x

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