“The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time” is an interesting account of what goes on inside the mind of a 15-year old diagnosed with autism. It shows how things really are different depending on whose perspective we are seeing from. Reading just how unique Christopher’s world looks like in his eyes reflects just how wonderful or horrible the world can be according to our outlook in life.
The main trigger of the story is the “curious incident of the dog in the night-time” quite literally. One night, Christopher discovers the body of Wellington, Mrs. Shears’ dog, speared by a garden fork. In all his innocence, he decides to take out the fork from the dead body of the dog and brings Wellington to Mrs. Shears, their neighbor. He is accused of killing Wellington given the circumstances and while explaining to the police his side of the story, the police lightly touches him and this makes him explode that causes him to hit the police. He gets arrested or detained but is let off with a warning. Christopher takes it upon himself to find out who the culprit is in killing Wellington despite his father’s wishes that he leave things be.
In my opinion, this was a very interesting read especially because Christopher has a particularly unique perspective. His condition allows him to notice things that we usually just take for granted and let pass by. He is also a mathematical genius which I envy because it has never been my strongest suit. (*sigh* Mathematics…) The book however, concentrates more on Christopher’s journey and thoughts more than an actual conclusion and result. What I mean is that I was more impressed by Christopher’s narration of the events than the events themselves. I’m not sure how the author intended it to be but I guess I was hoping for a more impressive plot rather than an interesting narration style.
NinthMelody rating: 3/5