The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time was written through the first person viewpoint of a young man who I would guess has Asperger Syndrome. It is noted on the book that Christopher 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. An he detests the color yellow.” He is also not terribly fond of brown either. I grew up in a neighborhood with a boy, older than me, who I think had the same condition. It was interesting for me as I had a strong mental picture of the Christopher Boone character.
Author Mark Haddon’s choice to write a novel through the eyes of Christopher Boone was an interesting mechanism. It brings us into the mind of the character as he tries to solve the mystery of what happened to the dog in the night-time. It was a compelling look into the habits of the remarkable young man. As you might expect Christopher Boone is both single minded in his quest and yet his “book” is full of distractions. These distractions did get a little tedious for me about halfway through the novel, but about that time Haddon hit me with a surprise that I didn’t expect that propelled me through the novel.
The Curious Incident is a curious novel and a pleasant book. One of the quotes on the back of the book from the New York Times described it as a cross between The Sound and the Fury and The Catcher in the Rye. I wouldn’t quite go that far.