"I have no special talent. I am only passionately curious" - Albert Einstein

Dec. 12 / Pleasure Reading

Title: the curious incident of the dog in the night-time

Author: Mark Haddon

Page: Finished

I finished the book with a help of an audiobook. I continuously listen to a soundtrack that reads the book, which helped me a lot in saving time. Since I had enough time, I actually read the book, though.

In my opinion, the moral of the story is “just do it rather than staying still.” In the story, the main character Christopher has autism which is a mental disorder that gives whirlwind changes to a patient’s thought mechanism. Even though he sometimes showed some frustrating behaviors caused by autism, he ultimately succeeded in his goal and got the things that he wanted to have. What he did was brave and courageous.

While I was reading, I could not fully understand why Christopher chose to live with Mother rather than Father. It is certainly frightening for Christopher to know Father’s action of killing Mrs. Shears’ dog because she gave more attention to Wellington than his family. It is reasonable that Father expects Mrs. Shears to help him instead of the divorced wife, but it is not her duty to care about him. The action that he showed was presumptuous and violent. However, except that, Father showed his dedication to Christopher and he did all he could for him. In comparison, Mother cheated on her neighbor, Mr. Shears, and ran away, leaving Christopher and Father. However, after leaving them, she wrote letters continuously to Christopher in order to lessen her guilty and justify what she did to Christopher and Father. Comparing two parents, Father was normally patient and thoughtful but he was too stressed at the time he killed Wellington whereas Mother was usually irresponsible and tries to justify her faults.


Dec. 3 / Pleasure Reading

Title: the curious incident of the dog in the night-time

Author: Mark Haddon

Page: 48

I am still reading the very front part of the book. Though I haven’t read the part Christopher dealing with this incident, I was able to predict what is going to happen.

In the chapters I read, I could see some evidence that Christopher misses his mother a lot though he himself did not know that he does. For example, while he was talking about where his mother has gone, he mentioned that he sometimes looks up to the sky and thinks about his mother still exists as a small molecule and would come down as rain or snow. He unconsciously revealed his sincerity, wanting to believe that she exists somewhere. Furthermore, it was also shown up in chapter 73 that he remembers that his mother said, “You are going to drive me into an early grave.” He did not mention it clearly, but in his tone of speaking, I feel like he feels guilty for his mother’s early death and thinks it is partially his fault. Through the hidden evidence in the story, I was able to predict that during Christopher solving Wellington’s death, he might get his mother’s vacancy off his chest. Specifically, I strongly feel like the author will use rain/snow as an object that symbols Christopher letting his burden go since rain/snow stands for remaining Mother’s trace and it allows readers to feel the visual effect of letting something go.

My objective is to read about half of the book during the weekend. To figure out whether my interpretation is right or wrong, there is no way but to read more chapters.


+) Additional ideas

How is it possible that Christopher was blocked to resume detection by his father but solve the mystery?

He often shows inappropriate behaviors but I don’t see this as a severe stage of autism. If the author is not talking about people with autism still being the same person as others, what is the moral that the author trying to express through the character Christopher?

Nov. 23 / pleasure reading

Title: the curious incident of the dog in the night-time

Author: Mark Haddon

Page: 7

So far, since I started reading 10 minutes ago, I don’t even know what is going on. All that I can say is that the main character Christopher has autism and he is going to struggle being witnessed as the last person who contacted the dog. I wonder how the child with autism can get through this struggle.

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