The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time is a novel by British writer Mark Haddon released in 2003. The protagonist of the novel is a 15-year-old boy named Christopher John Francis Boone, who suffers from autism. After the release of the novel, an opinion that the novel gives an accurate representation of human consciousness, suffering from autism, became popular. Some behaviors of the boy indicate that he has Asperger’s syndrome. But in 2009, Mark Haddon denied the speculation, saying in his blog that the book does not describe this syndrome, and he is not an expert on this issue.
The plot of the novel tells about Christopher Boone, who lives in Swindon (Wiltshire, UK) with his father, Ed Boon. According to the father, Christopher’s mother died of a heart attack in the hospital about two years ago.
Once Christopher discovers a dead body of the neighbor’s dog in the garden named Wellington with garden fork stuck in it. He decides to investigate the murder, despite his father’s prohibitions. The boy begins to write a book about the murder of the dog, where he carefully records all his thoughts. During the investigation, he meets with the neighbors. From one of the neighbors, the elderly Mrs. Alexander, Christopher finds out about some of the details of the lives of his parents, and later his usual life is turned. Mrs. Alexander informs Christopher that his mother had an affair with Mr. Shears and had been with him for a long time.
Once Christopher’s father finds the book and seizes it after a fight with the boy. While looking for the book, Christopher finds many letters his mother wrote to him, dated after her supposed death, which his father hidden from him. Christopher is shocked that his father lied about his mother’s death. When Ed comes home he realizes that Christopher has read the letters. He then confesses about his lie and that he was the one who killed Wellington. Christopher, losing all trust in his father and being afraid that he might try to kill him too, decides to live with his mother and escapes.
After a long trip he finally finds his way to his mother and Mr. Shears’ house and waits outside until they come back. Judy is happy to see Christopher and upset that Ed lied about her death. But Mr. Shears does not want Christopher to live with them. Judy, Christopher’s mother, then moves into a rented room in Swindon. Ed starts to pay daily visits to see Christopher.
In the end Ed gets a puppy for Christopher. Ed says that he is going to do everything to rebuild his trust in him. Christopher completes his first mathematics A-level with high grades. The book ends with Christopher being optimistic about his future.
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time is a novel by British writer Mark Haddon released in 2003. The protagonist of the novel is a 15-year-old boy named Christopher John Francis Boone, who suffers from autism. After the release of the novel, an opinion that the novel gives an accurate representation of human consciousness, suffering from autism, became popular.