Saturday, January 5
Book Review: The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
Author: Mark Haddon
Summary: Christopher John Francis Boone knows all the countries of the world and their capitals and every prime number up to 7,057. He relates well to animals but has no understanding of human emotions. He cannot stand to be touched. And he detests the colour yellow.
This improbable story of Christopher's quest to investigate the suspicious death of a neighbourhood dog makes for one of the most captivating, unusual, and widely heralded novels in recent years.
My Rating: 10/10
What I liked/disliked about the book: This was truly an amazing and engrossing read. It's one of those reads, where you can't help but love the characters and become attached to their well being. And this book was a book which focused heavily one of its characters, Christopher.
It didn't take long for me to fall for Christopher, the narrator. In fact he will be up there with some of my all time favourite literary characters. The more I read, the more I enjoyed the character (and the book). I was very involved in the character, so much that I even grew concerned at one point in the book for his rat, Toby. As I knew Christopher would be upset if something happened to his rat. The author was able to write in the mindset of Christopher, who has form of autism (or aspergers), wonderfully. I think he handled it with care and was able to create his character beautifully. Christopher became a very real character for me, which as of late has been a rare thing I've been finding in the books I've read, but it's a one of the pieces that help create that perfect read.
I really enjoyed how the author told the story as well. Prime numbers of chapters, diagrams, pictures - all on how Christopher sees and interprets things, and shows the reader, to help us understand Christopher and he how thinks and perceives the world. I think the author managed all this, and tied it together nicely, all while still telling Christopher's story. I also found there were some interesting plot twists and surprises along the way, including the ending, which was just as good as the rest of the book.
This book is a must read!
Would I recommend it to read: I would highly recommend this book. Well written, a wonderful narrator you'll likely fall in love with, and a book you can easily lose yourself in (This was a book I was reading on my commute, but had to stop, because I kept losing myself in the book). So I'd recommend, this book in fact add it to in fact add it to your TBR list now!
What to read next: Room (because how the author writes from inside a child's mind was similar to how this one was written)
Challenges: 100 Books Challenge, 2013 Category Challenge, Alphabet Challenge, Mount TBR Challenge, New Author Challenge