Saturday, August 7, 2010

The curious incident of the dog in the night-time

Author: Mark Haddon

Such a long title for a book, and that for a book from the view point of a fifteen year old autistic kid. But the title epitomizes the entire book, the book is more about details and emotions than story.

This book is about Christopher John Francis Boone , a fifteen year old boy who when asked about his age replies that he's 15 years and 283 days old. He knows all the countries of the world and their capitals and every prime number up to 7,057, and even the chapters are arranged in the order of prime numbers since this is his notes on an investigation.

He attempts to investigate the murder of his neighbour's dog , but then he has a problem. And the problem is a hard one to tackle, he cannot talk to strangers nor is he allowed to travel alone. Strangers frighten him, and his medical condition stimulates and overwhelms him when there are too much details in front of him.

How does he go out to a world that he never knew? He questions everything, and his curiosity definitely leads us on to his world ,all new world, the world of a curious boy. And boy, he makes us think. Think hard.

Might as well learn more about prime numbers, and enjoy a wonderful character that will hang on to you days after you finish it. Highly recommended for anyone seeking a book that can keep you hooked until you finish it. Not just another book, but a book that will teach you something more than a page turner.