A Reader posted a review at 2007-07-30 01:56:17.
I'm sure this is a children's book, but I find it hard to believe. Maybe it's because it's told from the perspective of a child, but certainly no child that I know.
The curious incident of the dog in the night-time is a detective novel, told from the point of view of a fifteen year old child suffering from Aspergers syndrome, a form of autism. The description of what goes on in his head is strangely fascinating, alien, scary and frustrating all in one.
Fascinating: The child's whole thought process, his innocent, logical view of the world where if it isn't a shade of black and white then he refuses to acknowledge it
Alien: His approach to things, to situations, to crowds, to strangers, to conversation
Scary: How his fear translates into others immediate danger. The way he describes holding on to his swiss army knife when he's troubled makes you fear what he might do
Frustrating: I just want to shake this kid and explain the world to him. But I can't. Because my world and his world are completely different and there's nothing anyone can do about it
I really enjoyed this book and it's certainly opened my eyes somewhat to the effects of living with autism. People who look after autistic kids certainly have a good degree of sympathy from me.