Christopher John Francis Boone knows every prime number up to 7,057. He notices and remembers with precision the patterns, shapes and images around him. He can name every country in the world, along with its capital. He hates the color yellow, being touched by other people, and loud noises. He doesn’t understand human emotions, and likes animals very much. Christopher is autistic.
In Mark Haddon’s novel, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, the story is told from Christopher’s point of view. He explains how he finds a neighbor’s dog killed in the yard, and his attempts to solve the mystery. The plot of the story is simple and straight-forward, but it’s the way the story is told that captures the reader. This book puts you inside the mind and thought process of someone with autism. Haddon does an incredible job altering your vision of the world, and helping you understand the emotions and interpretations of this young autistic boy.
This book is a pleasure to read and you’ll be done before you know it. It’s humorous, creative, insightful, and moving.