Monday, 17 September 2012

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime


    
What is it like to see into the mind of 15 year old autistic Christopher John Francis Boone? Growing up in the small town of Swindon, England, Christopher despises the colour yellow, is very good at math, and knows every prime number up to 7,057. Christopher goes for walk on a day like any other when he comes across the slain body of Wellington, his neighbors’ dog. In searching for an answer to Wellingtons murder Christopher unravels even more questions about his own life. As he delves into the matter more deeply, what he discovers will change his life and how he sees the world around him.

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime explores the theme of the subjective facets of truth and human behavior. Throughout the novel, Christopher struggles with understanding human emotions. In the beginning of the book, Christopher explains how he understands the basics of human emotion (happy, sad and angry). He has no comprehension of how to read facial expressions or how to read a person, which comes as a benefit as well as a hindrance to his investigation. There are many dimensions to the simple truth Christopher yearns to find, showing him that what people believe is literal or true is a subjective viewpoint that he has to overcome. Sometimes we mold the truth to be different than what it really is based on our own personal experiences and emotional perspectives, and Christopher learns that the hard way. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime is a heart-wrenching, thoughtful and genuine story that readers would appreciate if they want to gain a greater understanding for perspective.