The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time - Mark Haddon
The story this book tells is of itself quite unremarkable. At its heart is a family breakup and the impact on those affected. What is intriguing, illuminating and utterly engaging is the way in which the story is told through the eyes of its main character Christopher Boone.
Christopher is fifteen and suffers from Asperger’s, a form of autism. The book tells the story of its writing as a school project through his eyes, experiences and way of seeing the world.
Christopher has a photographic memory, he has a brilliant understanding of science and mathematics, but can’t understand human beings. His mind is utterly logical and whilst it can manipulate numbers with astonishing ease is powerless to understand a raised eyebrow or fathom the meaning of ‘raining cats and dogs’ other than literally.
We are drawn into Christopher’s world, we see things as he sees them and in doing so we come to understand a little of Asperger’s and Autism, but beyond that we begin to glimpse how easily we assume that our way of seeing the world, is the way of seeing the world.
A wonderfully insightful book for anyone who wishes to understand autism and become more aware and understanding of others perspectives.
Steve Unwin June 2009