Following on from its huge literary success, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time has now been adapted for stage by the National Theatre in London where it is currently being run until October 27th this year. The play has received many favourable reviews and will also be broadcast live to more than 160 cinemas in the UK and 350 worldwide as part of National Theatre Live on 6th September – click here for more information and tickets.
For those of you who have not yet discovered this novel, it is written from the perspective of 15 year old Christopher Boone who has a form of autism. Christopher has an amazing brain. He is superbly mathematical and loves lists and patterns but he hates the colours yellow and brown, hates being touched and has never gone further than the end of his road on his own. Then, one day, he discovers that the neighbours’ dog has been killed with a garden fork. Determined to find out what happened, Christopher sets out to unravel the mystery and embarks on a frightening journey into the outside world.
On a personal note, I found this book one of the best I have ever read. Whilst no book can represent everyone with autism or aspergers, this novel presents a very believable character whose strengths and difficulties make for a very captivating and moving read. As a result this book succeeds where many others fail: it encourages discussion about the characters in the book and challenges people to think about what life is like for individuals with autism or aspergers and for the families that care for them.
However, for those of you who, like me, have autism and aspergers in the family I would recommend that you distance yourself and not make too much comparison between your experiences and that of Christopher. If you treat this book as the fiction it is then you will, I am sure, enjoy this very well written and gripping book that is so deserved of its Whitbread Book of the Year Award.
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time is currently being sold by Amazon for £5.19 – click here for further information.
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