Curious Incident Review

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time by Mark Haddon

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time is an interesting and enjoyable read. The best adjective to describe Mark Haddon’s writing here is clever. The perspective of the autistic child is clever, although I’m not sure it feels entirely authentic. The puzzles and illustrations that take the reader through the inner workings of the protagonist’s mind are clever. Numbering the chapters with only prime numbers is clever.

The difficulty with this kind of protagonist is showing character growth for the main character, and I found it difficult to tell how much Christoper was developing, or not developing. Either way I would have liked it to be clearer.

Bottom Line: Curious Case is worth reading, enjoyable and clever, despite having some limitations dealing with an unconventional protagonist.

Click Here for a post about Curious Incident and the bildungsroman genre

Click Here for a post about Mark Haddon and Aspergers 

Click Here for a continuation of the above debate

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