Wednesday, March 01, 2006

Book Review - The Curious Incident

Last semester, I had the opportunity to re-read this short novel and complete a paper based on its representation of an individual with autism. The book is Mark Haddon's The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time.

Based on my learning about autism spectrum disorders, I thought this book was an accurate and empathetic portrayal of what life must be like for someone with autism. Told from the point of view of a teenage boy, Christopher, the story revolves around the wrongful accusation that is directed at him, blaming him for the death of the neighbour's dog. Christopher decides to embark on an investigation to find out who really killed the dog, and as he uncovers the mystery, he also makes a discovery of even greater significance to his life and the world as he knows it. Through his adventures, Christopher gains confidence and mastery over many of his fears, as well as new insight into how love makes people do strange and curious things.

The book is a super-easy read and very engaging; both times that I read it, I could barely put it down. The story is interesting and the character of Christopher is fascinating. The writing style of the book captures readers' attention and holds it throughout the story. Highly recommended!

Rating: 4.5 / 5