"The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time." Haddon is able to gain our understanding of Christopher because we learn to see things from his perspective. Discuss.

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Mark Haddon's touching novel, “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time,” is a brilliant journey into a world that few people can even contemplate. What must it be like to have a literal mind that can process only certain types of arcane information but is powerless to handle the everyday social interactions that we all take for granted? By writing this book from Christopher's point of view, Haddon creates deep compassion for Christopher and enables the reader to feel this boy's confusion, anger, and heartbreak as his life begins to unravel. Haddon not only lifts the curtain on the world of a boy with Aspersers, but he also explores the strain that having such a child places on his parents.

The substance of the text “The Curious Incident” is that while Christopher is obsessed with solving the mystery of the dog's death, he is oblivious to the disintegration of his family under his nose.

And yet, his investigations lead him to the heart of the problem. It can sometimes be difficult for the reader to have a better grasp on what is happening then the narrator, yet, at the same time it give us a deeper knowledge of Christopher’s perception of the world. His literal, ploddingly logical and sometimes brilliantly poignant observations show us how absurd ordinary life can be without all the everyday assumptions we make, an example of which is when he speaks of his mother “Sometimes I look up into the sky and think that there are molecules of Mother up there, or in clouds over Africa or Antarctica, or coming down as rain in the rain forests in Brazil, or in snow somewhere." - p33This world would be somewhat nicer if every child who lost a parent were able to mourn...