Mark Haddon – The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime (2003)

TheDogintheNighttime

The most heartbreakingly honest book told from the perspective of a 15-year old boy, Christopher, with autism. The book was published years ago and received a lot of buzz for being such a unique view. There are enough reviews of this book out there, but I’m just going to say that I highly recommend reading this.

I have worked with special needs children for a number of years and if I’ve learned anything, its that you need patience, self-awareness, and a sense of humour. If you take the job too seriously, you wouldn’t be able to function. I understand that Mark Haddon also works with special needs kids and wrote this book based on his experiences. His writing makes the need to have patience, self-awareness, and a sense of humour, all the more apparent.

I’ve knows some wonderful kids, and some great parents. But I’ve also seen the toll that having to care for a child with special needs can take on family life and relationships. Even though this book is told from Christopher’s point of view, you, as the reader, understand what is happening with his parents and in a way can sympathize with what they are dealing with.

The novel is insightful and well written. Haddon finds the perfect balance between heartbreak and humour, and tells the honest story of what life is like for a 15-year old boy with autism, and for those who care for him.

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