The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time
- By: David S J Ellis
“This will not be a funny book. I cannot tell jokes because I do not understand them.” Christopher Boone is the unlikely narrator of this ambitious and innovative novel. Christopher has Asperger's syndrome, a form of autism; he is extremely adept at mathematics yet unable to interpret anything but the simplest of facial expressions. Without the capability to interact normally with the world, Christopher is forced to live his life by rules and logical arguments. For instance, he refuses to use metaphors because they are essentially lies, and he dislikes anything that is yellow. This results in a very matter of fact style of writing, unencumbered by conventions of modern etiquette.
The plot centres around the death of Wellington, a neighbour's dog, whom Christopher finds at seven minutes past midnight killed with a garden fork. His decision to investigate this murder mystery causes repercussions that take him on a daunting