‘the curious incident of the dog in the night-time‘ is the best book I have read for a while. This is why I decided to dedicate a post to it.
It’s the story of the Autistic boy Christopher J. F. Boon who tries to find out who killed the neighbour’s dog. The book is written in Christopher’s perspective, which is strikingly clear and honest to a point it hurts. Here is a short excerpt, to document what I mean:
These are some of my Behavioural Problems A. Not talking for people to a long time (once I didn’t talk to anyone for 5 weeks) B. Not eating or drinking anything for a long time C. Not liking being touched D. Screaming when I am angry or confused E. Not liking being in really small places with other people … K. Not noticing that people are angry with me L. Not smiling M. Saying things that other people think are rude (People say that you always have to tell the truth. But they do not mean this because you are not allowed to tell old people that they are old and you are not allowed to tell people if they smell funny or if a grown-up has made a fart. And you are not allowed to say “I don’t like you” unless that person has been horrible to you.) …
This book is a novel. It’s fiction. I read it as a journey in an Autist’s mind and found that I could relate – not with all, but with some. It’s up to you to interpret this as the result of the great writing of the author Mark Haddon or me just being slightly autistic.
Either way, ‘the curious incident of the dog in the night-time‘ is worth reading.