The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon
Christopher John Francis Boone knows all the countries of the world and 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. And he detests the color yellow.
This improbable story of Christopher’s quest to investigate the suspicious death of a neighborhood dog makes for one of the most captivating, unusual, and widely heralded novels in recent years.
I was totally blown away by this book. I read it for a school project, not expecting it to be that great, and I was so very, very wrong. Christopher’s voice was crazily real. I’ve worked with autistic kids, kids like Christopher, and he acted the same way they did. I couldn’t believe how well the author had captured their essence. And I loved how easy Christopher was to understand. Most people look at kids like Christopher and don’t get it; reading a book written from Christopher’s eyes puts everything in perspective.
Christopher doesn’t like being touched and doesn’t understand human emotions well. But he’s also a mathematical genius, knowing all those prime numbers. He’s the kind of character you don’t just grow fond of and care about. You can’t wait to find out what’s next in store, can’t wait to see what’s going to happen, and you can’t help but hope it’s a good thing, because your character could really use a good thing. Christopher’s story is of the kind that you’ll read over and over, because it’s just too good not to.
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