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The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, by Mark Haddon, is a murder mystery told through a narrator who is a 15-year-old boy, Christopher. Christopher has Asperger’s syndrome. He tries to resolve a killing that takes place in an English village where he lives. Somebody has murdered his neighbor’s dog, a poodle.  Throughout the book Christopher reveals his efforts with understanding human feelings:

“I like dogs. You always know what a dog is thinking. It has four moods. Happy, sad, cross and concentrating. Also, dogs are faithful and they do not tell lies because they cannot talk” (Haddon 4).

All through the book, Christopher communicates openly regarding his feelings, his condition and the outlook of his environment.

The story’s manner has a clear air of observation and a general analysis of regular daily happenings which are seen through the eyes of someone with autism.  Throughout the book the author sets in the personality linked with Asperger’s syndrome, this leads to the reader having a strong yet a very restrained effect.  The book induces the reader to reconsider his or her normal life and the ordinary day to day living and to take into account how these situations may affect autistic people.

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