Saturday, 21 November 2015

REVIEW: The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night Time

"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 colour yellow.

Although gifted with a superbly logical brain, for fifteen-year-old Christopher everyday interactions and admonishments have little meaning. He lives on patterns, rules, and a diagram kept in his pocket. Then one day, a neighbour's dog, Wellington, is killed and his carefully constructive universe is threatened. Christopher sets out to solve the murder in the style of his favourite (logical) detective, Sherlock Holmes. What follows makes for a novel that is funny, poignant and fascinating in its portrayal of a person whose curse and blessing are a mind that perceives the world entirely literally"

This is one the better books I've read this year. Following a boy called Christopher who has Autism and finds his next door neighbours dog dead. The book is entirely from Christopher's point of view and so you get a "diary" style novel. The chapters are numbered with prime numbers that makes it  really feel like this is Christopher's book. The novel focuses on some heart wrenching topics and can make you cry just as easily as it makes you laugh. If you're looking for a touching novel that is meaningful but enjoyable then I would thoroughly recommend this read. 


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