The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime by Mark Haddon

the-curious-incident-of-the-dog-in-the-night-time-book-coverFunny thing, the author is named Mark Haddon but this story is actually ‘written’ by his main character, Christopher. Christopher is 15 as the story unfolds its pages. He lives with his father because his mother died two years ago. The boy has a photographic memory. He understand Math and Science, but what he can’t understand is human beings because he has aspergers syndrome. When he finds his neighbor’s  dog lying on the lawn, he decides to track the killer. His hunt is to find the dog’s killer but he discovers more than just the killer’s identity.

Here are the clues that makes the ending, but I am too excited to notice 🙂

1. Judy, Christopher’s mother dies in a heart attack, but then Christopher is not allowed to go into her funeral. I feel sympathetic, but after the book ends, I realize that the funeral is fake. It is a main reason why Christopher is not allowed to go in there.

2. The killing of the dog might had happened a few minutes before Christopher found the dog

During his investigation, Christopher meets the elderly Mrs. Alexander who tells Christopher that his mother had an affair with Mr. Shears. Ed, his father, discovers the book and confiscates it from Christopher, after a fight between them. While searching for the book, Christopher uncovers a many letters which his mother wrote to him, dated after her death, which his father has hidden. He is shocked by his father lying about his mother’s death that he vomits and groans for several hours until his father returns home. Ed realizes that Christopher has read the letters and cleans him up. He then confesses that he had lied about Judy’s death and also that he who killed Wellington, the dog.

Christopher, having lost all trust in his father runs away. By his mother’s address from the letters, he embarks on an adventurous trip to London, where his mother lives with Mr. Shears. This trip serves as Christopher’s biggest challenges: Busloads of people, loud noise, everyone talking at once, and new environments that he has never seen or been to before. This shows his bravery as he tries to finds his mother.

Have you ever felt isolated from the people around you? Have you ever felt misunderstood? Have you ever wanted everyone to just leave you alone? This is a heart-wrenching story about Christopher’s desire to be understood and to have people that he can trust in his life, who also love him unconditionally. By writing this book from Christopher’s point of view, Haddon creates deep compassion for Christopher and enables the reader to feel this boy’s confusion, anger, and heartbreak as his life begins to unravel.

This is the quote that I think it’s heartbreaking: “…and there was nothing to do except to wait and to hurt.”

Mark Haddon was born 26 September 1962 is an English novelist and poet, best known for his 2003 novel The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time. The book won the Whitebread Book of the Year Award, the Commonwealth Writers Prize in the Best First Book category, The Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize, and A Once-In-A-Lifetime Award (judged by a panel of children’s writer). He is a vegetarian and an atheist.


2 thoughts on “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime by Mark Haddon

  1. This book review really reminded me a lot to a film I’ve watched last year. The film was not released in theater (I guess) –or at least not released in Indonesia. The tittle of the film say ‘Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close’ it tells about a boy that has some kind of ‘panic attack’ whenever he’s in a bustling, busy situation. His father died at the 1/11, the incident with the World Trade Center. Somehow, he can’t coped with the idea that his father is dead, and one day, he found a strange key belonging to his father that can’t open anything. He decided to find the story behind this key, but his only clue is the name written with the key. He have to searched the whole city to find this people, and he met with various kind of people (because the name that’s written with the key is a family name, which means he have to find every person in the city with the same family name) with different personalities, different problems and different uniqueness. This film is actually an adaptation of a book that’s written by Jonathan Safran Foer. I really recommend you to read it, or watch the film. It’s a very touching story, and i love it 🙂

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