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The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

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I’d just like to warn you, as an autistic person, that despite the rave reviews The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime is actually a pretty awful depiction of autism. The author clearly didn’t read any personal accounts from autistic people. He reads like an outsider’s account of autistic behavior without any real understanding of the reasons for that behavior. I can tell you that my behavior all makes sense to me – it’s actually strange to me that others don’t act like I do.

Mark Haddon’s “The curious incident of the dog in the nighttime” is a detective story – but a rather unusual one: It is written from the perspective of a 15-year-old boy with Asperger’s syndrome.

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  • Ettina

    August 20, 2016

    I’d just like to warn you, as an autistic person, that despite the rave reviews The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime is actually a pretty awful depiction of autism. The author clearly didn’t read any personal accounts from autistic people. He reads like an outsider’s account of autistic behavior without any real understanding of the reasons for that behavior. I can tell you that my behavior all makes sense to me – it’s actually strange to me that others don’t act like I do.

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  • Cast & Creative | Curious Incident , the play in the West End

    Have you everfelt misunderstood? Have you ever felt isolated from the people around you?Have you ever wanted everyone to just leave you alone? In The Curious Incidentof the Dog in the Nighttime, written by Mark Haddon, Christopher, the novel’smain protagonist, struggles with trying to relate to other people, has a hardtime understanding why people question the way he acts, constantly feelsisolated from the people around him, and dreams of being the only human beingleft on the planet. Christopher has a condition, an unstated form of autismthat makes him think and speak differently then all the other characters in thebook. What starts as a mystery novel quickly turns into a heart-wrenching storyabout Christopher’s desire to be understood and to have people that he cantrust in his life, who also love him unconditionally. The Curious Incident ofthe Dog in the Nighttime shows the reader that even though sometimes our mindswork in ways that others cannot relate to, we all want to be understood, evenby those who question us when we say what we say and think what we think.