I made a new friend this summer and after spending several hours over dinner we shared our favorite books of all time. One of the books that he recommended to me was “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time” by Mark Haddon.
It was great.
This is not a new book. In fact, both of my children have read it and they were excited to see that I was reading it too (though it’s hard to “see” what someone is reading on their kindle). It was first published in 2007.
Anyway, the book is narrated from the point of view of Christopher, a fifteen year old boy who is autistic (right up my alley of course). He finds one of his neighbor’s dogs murdered on her front yard, with a fork sticking out of his stomach, and decides to solve the murder. As his murder investigation unwinds, we learn about his world in a strangely pragmatic, methodological way. As an autistic boy, he solves things differently than most investigators would, but the story unfolds easily and enjoyably.
As someone who has worked with autistic children, I found the book particularly interesting. The narrator taught me why autistic children may groan, or bang their heads, or rock. This boy was talented in so many ways, despite his so-called condition.
This is a beautiful, poignant story. I loved it. I totally recommend it. If you know anyone who is autistic it will give you hope.
One down… twenty four to go.