The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time is written by an author named Mark Haddon. I actually read this novel over a year ago, and I loved it so much that I recently came back to it, thumbing through its pages once again.
In reading the book a second time, I decided to google some information on the writer, and what I learned about him blew me away. He wrote his first book, a children's book, at the age of 25 and continued authoring a number of children's works while also illustrating them. He even made some money painting and selling abstract art in the bottom floor studio of his home during his younger years. Oh, and he's published a few collections of poetry. A novelist, a poet, a painter—the man entices my soul. You see, I have a passion for all of these things, as well.
Reading The Curious Incident, it's apparent how Haddon's talent for children's literature and abstract thought contributed to the wonder of the storyline. The story's main character is an autistic 15-year old boy named Christopher whose quirks are a strong dislike of the color yellow, an affinity for animals, counting prime numbers, and solving the murder of the neighbor's dog, Wellington. But more than just being a murder mystery, Christopher goes on a journey of repairing his relationship with his father while uncovering the truth behind his mother's death.
A little bit of Flowers For Algernon with some elements of Catcher in the Rye, I absolutely admired this book. The writing was snappy and precise—Christopher's character captivated me—and I found myself erupting in laughter throughout the book. There's a certain place where Christopher goes on a brief rant about the absurdity of metaphors, and I was laughing and agreeing while I read along. So many times does he express a blatant dislike or lack of understanding for human behavior, and the situations in which he finds himself are hysterical.
The story is supplemented by quite the collection of puzzles and charts of information, which provide various topics to spend several minutes thinking about, and I loved how they enriched the story. If you fancy yourself a perfectly balanced, funny yet angsty adventure, The Curious Incident is your winner. You'll love it. It's a fun one to return to time and time again.