The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time.
By Mark Haddon.
From the back cover:
Christopher is fifteen and has Asperger’s Syndrome. He knows a very great deal about maths and very little about human beings… when he finds a neighbour’s dog murdered he sets out on a terrifying journey which will turn his whole world upside down.
A brief synopsis:
Christopher finds Mrs Shears’ dog, Wellington, murdered in her front garden. Determined to uncover the identity of the murderer he begins to investigate. When his father realises what Christopher is doing he tells him he has to stop and that he should stay out of other people’s business. Christopher deduces that the murderer has to be Mrs Shears’ estranged husband, Mr Shears, and as his father didn’t specifically say that he can’t ask questions about Mr Shears he continues his investigation.
Christopher discovers that Mr and Mrs Shears separated as Mr Shears was having an affair, with Christopher’s own mother. Knowing that his father would be upset to find out that Christopher knows about his mothers indiscretion he keeps quiet, after all his mother is dead. At least that was Christopher has been lead to believe.
There is more than one shock in store for Christopher least of all that his own father is a murderer.
The story in itself is wonderful, but Haddon’s writing style does not appeal to me. I understand that the main character has Asperger’s and that the writing tries to portray this but still it felt disjointed and forced. I felt that there was a lot of unnecessary swearing and violence from Christopher’s father and that Haddon focused so much on Christopher’s ‘peculiarities’ and less on the storyline that he had created.
For me this book was a letdown, I did not enjoy reading it and had to force myself to carry on until the end. The only reason that I did persist with the book was that it is part of my reading list for my Primary PGCE.