#29: Mark Haddon, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
This is the story of Christopher John Francis Boone. Christopher is an Autistic 15 year old that finds comfort in Math, order, and familiarity. Christopher’s orderly life is disturbed when he finds the dead body of the neighbor’s dog, and decides that just like one of his heroes, Sherlock Holmes, he is going to investigate the murder and figure out who killed the dog. Christopher’s investigation reveals much more than he ever thought he would find out and forces him to have to deal with the breakdown of the order that he so craves. The book is sprinkled with Christopher’s idiosyncrasies, such as numbering the chapters of the book with prime numbers, or the occasional reflection on what he should and should not put in his book in order to make it interesting (descriptions: good. Long explanations of Math problems: bad), as well as phrases like “do sex,” which make the protagonist more endearing and believable.
RR, look! It’s the book you gave Kris for our fail Christmas parteh.