“The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time” by: Mark Haddon

 

I know, I know. I said I wasn’t going to write and post a review on this one because it was so short…BUT I REALLY loved it a lot, and it’s my blog, so I can do as I please, including changing my mind and writing this here review for you all. You’re welcome. 🙂

This was the sixth book I completed for #Booktubeathon2017.

Originally I had been planning a different book for the category of “Chose a book with a character different than you” but the book I chose, I wasn’t in the mood to read. I had found this one at a thrift shop and had no prior knowledge of it. I was drawn to it because being a fan of Sherlock, I of course got the reference straight away and smiled when I picked it up. I also loved that Sherlock is mentioned in the story too.

During the Twitter sprints, we were asked to post pictures of the books we were reading and I posted a picture of this one and the booktubeathon host of that sprint told me that this was a play currently being done in Seattle. Learn something new everyday…

This story is told from the perspective of autistic 15 year old Christopher. He loves numbers, dogs, and the color red. He does not love yellow, brown, nor does he love that his next door neighbors dog was murdered.

The most amazing aspect of this mystery was that the “whodunnit” was solved midway through the book! Not saved for the last three pages in which you wonder how in the heck the author will possibly wrap this up; oh no, this story then added more mystery and kept right on a-goin’!

Parts of it, especially the train parts, reminded me of the book “The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared” by Jonas Jonasson.

I was blown away by this book. I have an instant new favorite and I have added it to my “keeper” collection. (I only own between 20 and 30 books at any given time. Right now I am around 24). I will definitely re-read.

I would recommend this one for its mastery over making the reader question why people use so many words to mean other than what they really mean, nonverbal communication, and how people relate to others. It was a book that on the surface seems to be one way, but it is so much deeper and I LOVE books like that. I was drawn in from the start and I think a lot of people would enjoy this.

 

Goodreads Synopsis:

Christopher knows all the countries of the world, their capitals, and every prime number up to 7,057. He relates well to animals but has no understanding of human emotions. He cannot stand to be touched. He detests the color yellow.

Although gifted with a superbly logical brain, for fifteen-year-old Christopher everyday interactions and admonishments have little meaning. He lives on patterns, rules, and a diagram kept in his pocket. Then one day, a neighbor’s dog, Wellington, is killed and his carefully constructive universe is threatened. Christopher sets out to solve the murder in the style of his favorite (logical) detective, Sherlock Holmes. What follows makes for a novel that is funny, poignant and fascinating in its portrayal of a person whose curse and blessing are a mind that perceives the world entirely literally.

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