Over the long memorial weekend that we had I had a some down time to read a short novel by Mark Haddon. The second book on my Summer Reading List (that keeps getting longer I might add) was Mark Haddon’s the curious incident of the dog in the night-time. The novel is 221 pages that is based on a story written by a young boy named Christopher.
Before I bought this book I had seen it advertised on my Goodreads account (https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/16274587-rebecca-lashmett) a few times and I never really had any interest to read it because of the fact that in the book, a dog is killed, and I don’t typically like movies or books that involved some sort of death with a dog. How the book ended in my hands after leaving a small book store in Wyoming is still somewhat of a mystery, but I love books so I didn’t concern myself to much with that.
So I read this short book and it really didn’t take a long time at all. I paced myself through this book and even though it was a short read, I do not regret that I read it. The book is a narration from a young boy named Christopher, who throughout the book encounters many things ranging from the murder of a neighbors dog, whether that day is going to be a good or bad day, how much he hates the color yellow and brown and being hugged or touched, the truth about his mother and her past, and succeeding in mathematics so that he can attend University. Christopher faces a lot of struggles in this book and as a reader we do not specifically know what disability Christopher has nor does it ever say what the disability specifically is although it is very obvious in the way that he writes this story that he does indeed have some type of disability.
I didn’t expect a lot of things that happened in this book to actually happen. We learn a lot about Christopher as a person in this book and I think it really was beneficial for me to read because it gives you an idea of how some kids truly do think and see the world. The book did have it’s problem areas that I think contributed to the overall flow the writing that this book had, but I think that it was made to be that way so the reader gets a solid idea of how this young man thinks. The book received some harsh criticism on Goodreads, but in my personal opinion I thought it was a good read and it was enjoyable until the end despite the writing being “choppy” at times.