YGRT book talk: Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time

YGRT book talk: Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time

January 20, 2020 0 By Kailee Schamberger


You gotta read this. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time
by Mark Haddon is a sort of murder mystery novel, but not like
any mystery you’ve ever read before. The story is told from the first-person
perspective of Christopher, a 15 year old boy in suburban England, who finds his neighbor’s dog dead, having
been killed with a gardening fork. Christopher is one kind of an autistic person. He doesn’t understand human emotions. He doesn’t like to be touched. He hates the color yellow. And he freaks out when people yell at him. In this quote, he explains how how ambiguous
nonverbal communication is. Quote: “I find people confusing… …and it can also mean ‘I think that what you just said was very stupid.’” Christopher wants the world to be clear and
precise, which is why he likes math. Solving a mystery is bringing order to
a disordered situation. But his father tells him to leave the whole
matter alone and to mind his own business. But Christopher, who likes the fictional
detective Sherlock Holmes, is determined to figure out
who killed the dog. To solve this mystery, Christopher has to
break out of his comfort zone and get out of the house to talk to people. He has to overcome huge obstacles to get to
the truth about the dog and his own family. The most interesting thing about the book
isn’t the murder mystery. It’s seeing the world through Christopher’s eyes. When he does things we would think
are just moderately stressful, they represent an effort that is positively heroic for him. You begin to really admire this kid as he
faces his fears and overcomes his limitations, just like you and I can overcome ours. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time
by Mark Haddon.