This week we really would like to talk about a very special book that many of our students have enjoyed, most of which were preparing the First certificate, although more advanced students loved the story, too.
The book 'The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time' was written by the British author Mark Haddon and was first published in 2003. It has won several awards, and has sold millions of copies.
But those are not the best reasons to read this book. The main reason to read this is Christopher, a 15-year-old boy with Asperger syndrome, and his brutally honest way of dealing with the world around him. He is highly intelligent, though not socially adapted, but tries his very best to find a balance in which he adapts to the strange social conventions we are so used to.
The story begins with his accidental finding of the dead body of his neighbour's dog. This triggers a Sherlock Holmes' style hunt for the murderer, in which he discovers many things he hadn't been expecting to find. He embarks on an adventure that takes him to very new places, and forces him to deal with strange and uncomfortable situations.
Beyond understanding people with Asperger syndrome a little better, this story forces us to consider our own values, and our own way of dealing with things, from white lies to the significance of death.
It is safe to say that most people would probably enjoy this book, and would find it easy to connect with young Christopher despite how peculiar he is. You can find this book in our library, but it is also available from amazon.es for less than 10€, and only 7€ for the Kindle version. Enjoy!