tisdag 25 mars 2014

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time

I've read the book The curious incident of the dog in the night-time. The book is written by Mark Haddon, a British author, mostly known because of this book. It was first published in 2003. 

The main character is a fifteen year old boy, with Asperger's Syndrome. Christopher Boone lives together with his father in the suburbs. He likes prime numbers, dogs and organizing everything in to the smallest detail. One night when he walks into his neighbor Mrs Shears' garden, he notices that Mrs Shears' dog is dead, someone has killed it with a garden fork. Christopher decides to solve the problem and write a murder mystery novel about it. Trough out the book he discovers other secrets about his missing mother, his father and of course the reason why somebody killed the dog.

(Do not read further if you haven't read the book and you don't want to know what's going to happen in the end. The rest of the review contains information that first get revealed in the end of the book.)

This book really explains the feelings someone with Asperger's Syndrome must have, like in this book not liking the colors yellow or brown. There was one incident in the book that I recognized from another book. It was the scene when Christopher finds out that his mother has written him letters the whole time, but that his father has hidden them. Katrin's father from the book Hur kär får man bli by Katarina von Bredow, doesn't tell his children that he still has contact with their mother. Both Christopher and Katrin feel very betrayed by their father and they both consider the possibility to run away. The difference is that Christopher does, and Katrin doesn't. I think, both of the reactions are understandable, Katrin hadn't really thought of her mother that often, and didn't remember her, so her way to deal with this sudden family issue was to write her mother a short and formal mail, telling her that she didn't want to have further contact with her. Christopher, on the other hand, had been told that his mother had had an heart attack and died. When he finds out about the letters that she has written him, he feels such strong anger against his father that he decides to run away to his mother in London. 

This book is a murder mystery novel with an interesting touch of family issues, fear of losing someone and a whole lot of growing up-feelings. He, Christopher, writes in a first person perspective, which gives the whole story a special feeling. If it would be written in a third person perspective, the book would probably just describe the feelings and the incidents one after one. In this way of writing, we get to know how Christopher thinks, for example that he likes prime numbers [he just uses prime numbers to count the chapters] or that he likes to have things organized [he always tells us how he feels and have felt about different kind of stuff]. The book isn't written in chronological order, it sometimes tells about things that happened when Christopher's mother was "still alive", or about random feelings he sometimes gets. 

The book starts with the curious incident of the dog in the night-time. Christopher gets out on a short walk and he finds the dog lying dead in the garden. The second chapter is a description of an incident that happened a few years before. That is the first time we get to know Christopher, he describes himself as a person who knows all the prime numbers, countries and their capital cities in the whole world. He described everything in a funny way, which really made me like him. The end of the book is a vision of how the future will be, for example that he studies Further maths for A level, he will study at a university and become a scientist. I was very impressed and happy to read the last sentence in the book: And I know I can do this because I went to London on my own, and because I solved the mystery of Who Killed Wellington? and I found my mother and I was brave and I wrote a book and that means I can do anything. (p. 268, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, Mark Haddon.) I think that the sentence was an awesome ending-sentence, because it gives inspiration to those who are still hesitating wether they should follow their dreams or not. 

I think that Christopher will become a great scientist, because now, that he knows that he can do anything, nobody will be able to stop him. I think he will achieve all his life goals. I also hope that his parents will be moving back together or that at least Christopher will forgive his father. 


I think that this book is great. It's an interesting story, filled with lovely characters and funny scenes. Even if it's a serious book, Mark Haddon wrote it with humor, which makes the book easier to read. Everyone can read this book, it's nice for both young teenagers and older adults. If you are under ~9 years old, you probably neither won't understand some of the jokes nor the complexity of the story. But for myself, I really think this was a book that you can read over and over again, because it has so many nice scenes and the way Christopher thinks is amazing. 

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