The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time ~ A Book Discussion

I visited Goodwill the other day and ended up buying a selection of books there, which one I’ve already finished and the others I’m excitedly working on. I picked up the book “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time” for it’s eccentric long title and minimalistic yet intriguing, bright orange paperback cover. When I pointed it out to my cousin, whom I was shopping with, she mentioned that it was said to be a good read and was made into a play (and apparently received some awards!). So I purchased it, and began reading it the following day.

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This is the ad for the play version!

I immediately dove into the narrative, and I really enjoyed how it was written. Narrator Christopher tells a rather blunt yet focused tale of his life and how a simple neighborhood mystery unlocks secrets of his past. I love his direct thoughts and explanations for everything that he does – he is a thorough character if there ever was one. Author Mark Haddon really captures the character of Christopher that you follow along for the ride, figuring out the mystery as he is.

Although I guessed the climax before it happened, I was not disappointed (yet rather fulfilled that my assumption was correct) and Haddon was excellent at dropping small hints that a reader might pass over quietly without even knowing it.

I felt that the ending did come rather abruptly though, but that could’ve just because I raced through the book in a few days and I was just surprised that I got to the end so fast. But the last few paragraphs and sentences of the novel itself are very inspiring, left me with a massive grin on my face, and I happily closed the book to a happy, hopeful resolution. Lots of books nowadays like to end in tragedy, maybe not a huge one but has a little sprinkle of it somewhere in there. But even though this book started with the tragic death of a dog, it ends with an optimistic outlook. I liked this book a lot, it was a great read that kept me entertained. I never stopped wanting to turn the page. Give it a read if you find it somewhere.

 

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