Curious Case of the Dog in the Night Time Review

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Curious Case of the Dog in the Night Time Review

By | November 2012
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The Curious Case of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon was a very weird book. It was not a terrible read, but I would not recommend it to a friend to read. The whole book was just strange overall, starting with the title and continuing through the whole thing because Christopher, the narrator, had some sort of mental mental condition. The book was a little hard to read because the author wrote from the view of Christopher, so everything was phrased weird and he explained a lot of things too much. There was not much real action, other than finding Christopher’s neighbor Mrs. Shear’s dog Wellington’s body in the first chapter. Mostly the book just consisted of Christopher finding things out. What I did like about the book was the plot after the first half. Christopher finds out that his mother, who his father had told him had died of a heart attack several years ago, is actually still alive and is living in London with Roger Shears who she had an affair with. Then, Christopher’s father admits to killing Wellington after an argument with Mrs. Shears who turned out to be having an affair with him as well. Christopher is very hurt that his father lied to him, so he travels to London to live with his mother. His mother tries to make living with him and Roger work, but when he and Christopher do not get along she decides it would be better to leave Mr. Shears and go back to live in Swindon. When they get back to Swindon, Christopher’s father makes amends by visiting regularly and when Christopher’s pet rat Toby dies his father gets him a new puppy. The very end of the book was probably the best part because it actually had a message. Christopher takes his A-level math exam and gets an A on it just like he said he would. He plans to take more A-level tests and go to a university outside of town and he says that he will be able to because if he believes he can do it, he will most likely be able to accomplish it.

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