Learn About Autism, Murder Mysteries, and Puppies

Posted: October 15, 2010 by jerkmag in VAULT -- archives
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The first chapter in The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime is numbered 2.  That’s because the book’s autistic narrator decided he wanted to number his chapters with primes, not in the traditional chronological way.

Christopher John Francis Boone won’t laugh at a joke, even if it’s a good one (including the zingers you’re thinking of right now), but he can name all the countries in the world and their capital cities.  At 15-years-old, this book’s unique narrator takes us through an atypical adventure.  He intends to write a murder mystery novel, so he focuses on the death of a neighborhood dog that was killed with a pitchfork.  As Christopher attempts to investigate this heinous crime, he uncovers a whole lot more than he bargained for – secrets, betrayal, and lies.  The reader goes along for the ride as Christopher encounters and copes with all kinds of new obstacles.

Curious Incident gives terrific insight into the mind of an autistic person and encourages patience and tolerance for people with psychological disorders — at least that is my hope.  Mark Haddon is a brilliant author who deserves respect for this work of realistic fiction.

~Rebecca Leviton


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