The cover of “The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time” intrigued me, and if you think so too, you would enjoy this! When young Christopher finds his neighbor’s dog, Wellington, impaled by a garden fork, he is prompted to investigate the murder, write a book, and do several others things he normally wouldn’t do. Some of the reviews online criticized the book because the killer of Wellington was revealed halfway through the book. These readers must not have recognized that the murder of Wellington was not so much the main plot, as it was a catalyst for autistic Christopher to express himself through writing to the reader. The theme of autism was presented in a way that allowed the reader to appreciate Christopher’s quirky behavior, but also laugh along with him as he attempted to overcome his issues to solve the mystery.
I laughed throughout the book at Christopher’s quirky behavior and odd interpretations of life. For example, because he knows every prime number up to 7,057, he numbers the chapters in the book with prime numbers rather than by numerical order beginning with 2. (I noticed this on the first page and thought maybe I was missing the first chapter). Taken out of context the humor would be lost if I tried to relate to you what was so funny about Christopher’s escapades. I can only say if you read the first few pages and laugh like I did, you will enjoy this book. Though humorous, the author presented themes of love, patience and trust, all of which are difficult for Christopher to understand because he was autistic.
This is one of my favorite books this year. It is a light read that would entertain anyone with a sense of humor and a compassionate heart.