The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
A novel by Mark Haddon
Again, remember 3 stars for me is a book I’d recommend people read. Therefore, three stars is a good thing. Four Stars means I’ll likely read it again. If I’m doing a review, it means I read the book twice. I don’t do a review unless I read the book twice. I may give some stars to it on a first read, but I won’t do an actual review unless I’ve read it twice. Of course, those I can’t finish are noted as such and won’t get a review save to say why I believe I can’t finish it. Two stars means that I found pleasure in reading it to the end, but I likely wouldn’t recommend it to someone else – and I likely list what that reason is.
If you have known someone who is on the Autism Spectrum, I recommend you read this book. It would be a great book to read to a group of older elementary students, too – say 5th or 6th grade, although, I would read it to my own children at a younger age. There are a great many life lessons in this book, which would make discussion in a classroom lively about different not being bad, as well as educational regarding diversity and Autism.
There are not a lot of books from the ASD person’s perspective. I gather that is because it’s potentially unrelatable to the neuro-normative reader. But, the protagonist in The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time is relatable in the arc of this story because the reader wants to know the same things Christopher does. The reader gets a great dose of what it would be like for one person who lives with Autism and how the rest of the world does and doesn’t understand him, especially in emotionally-charged situations like death, divorce, and even everyday living.
Haddon’s ability to capture that, without me researching separately, means that he may have an Autistic person in his own life or did very detailed research, because the writing is authentic, captivating, as well as enlightening. I read the book in a day and a half in between taking care of my own Christopher.
I likely won’t read this book again, personally, because, as I mentioned, I live with a Christopher. I don’t need to escape into that interesting world, therefore. But other readers may find the academic lessons on “maths,” trains, physics, and the like from the mind of an Autistic Teen well worth a second go.