The curious case of the dog in the night time, written by Mark Haddon, is narrated in the first person by Christopher Boone, a teenager who has an undisclosed condition that could be a form of high-functioning autism or Asperger syndrome. Though, his condition is never given a name in the book.

Christopher starts off the book wanting to know who killed his neighbors dog, Wellington. He wants to be a detective, and do some detecting to figure out who killed Wellington. He wants to be like Sherlock Holmes, because he has read all of his books and idolizes him.

Though, Christopher doesn’t actually solve the mystery. Instead, the guilt party confesses to Christopher. It’s likely Christopher never would have figured out who killed Wellington, because Christopher completely misses the human aspect of any given situation.

Figuring out the mystery sends Christopher on a guest to find someone from his past, which is a difficult journey that he does completely on his own.

But, deep down, the story is about an outsider because that’s what Christopher is. Because of his illness, he prefers to be alone and doesn’t like to be touched. He won’t even let his parents touch him, because he doesn’t like to be touched and only allows his Father to touch his fingers even though he obviously wants to hug his son.

Haddon tells a beautiful story of an outsider, through the eyes of a boy dealing with an illness not a lot of people understand. Christopher is a believable character, right down to thinking that Christopher is a real person instead of just a complicated character in a novel.

 

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