2004-08-09: The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time (2002)

by Mark Haddon (1962-)

This book is written for young people, but is interesting enough to recommend. The author worked with autistic children, and this is a story inspired from that experience. The story is told in first-person narrative by the autistic protagonist. Assuming it is realistic (which I’m willing to assume), it gives some insight into how it must seem to experience the world from that viewpoint. Of course all interesting stories are exceptional, and this protagonist is exceptional of his kind. Nonetheless it is interesting to see what kinds of problems he has, as well as the problems of his parents, neighbors, and the others he meets.

Another interesting aspect of the book is the authors rather insistent way of asserting certain points of view about religion, evolution, and the nature of the mind. They are all positions I agree with, but which are rarely seen presented so baldly.

I don’t recall how I heard about the book, except that it was online, and I think a rather off-hand comment, not a review.


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