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The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time: A Review

MeDhat SaaDoun By MeDhat SaaDoun Published on December 30, 2015

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The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time is one of the best heart-wrenching coming-of-age stories I have come across.

Mark Haddon has created an ambitious storyline that will hit you as brilliant with Christopher John Boone, our main character, a fifteen-year-old autistic, a genius, who will defy his inevitable characteristics in order to solve a murder mystery, but far beyond that—a mystery within his own; who he really is and what the real world is about.

Within this story, I find this book to be remarkable, personally because this is the first time I’ve come across an autistic protagonist; Haddon delves brilliantly into Christopher’s complex world, a world where loneliness is absolute; he shows us how he reacts for the first time ever with the world beyond his knowledge, and how he tries to work it out for his own advantage.

Haddon also perfectly translates upon the reality of autistic people in society, where there is no comprehension of how to deal with them. But even more, the book delves deeply into the parents-children relationships, in which the children are dragged to pay their parent’s deepest mistakes.

Moreover, Haddon’s writing style have made the story unfolds in a quite fluent way. While reading this masterpiece, I find myself emotionally react with the characters and the events that are happening, and learn more about autism.

If you haven’t picked this one up, I highly-recommend to do it as fast as you can, because once you start reading, you will not be able to stop.

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