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I bought this book after it was recommended to me by a friend of mine, with whom I have always had shared interests so my expectations were high when he told me it was one of the better books he had read. I can now say that my expectations have been more than met. Even upon reading the very first few pages you notice that this book is very different from most other books.
It focusses on Christoper, who decides on 'writing' this book as a sort of murder mystery when he finds his neighbours dog lying dead on the lawn. But seeing as how Christopher has aspergers syndrome, his way of percieving things is very different than ours. He has trouble understanding human emotions, but is very good in mathematics and science. This often results in him dealing with situations that are seemingly very anti-social to the reader, but only logical to him. One of such situations is when his across-the-street-neighbour is getting him some juice and a biscuit and Christopher leaves her house without saying anything because she is a stranger to him and his father told him to never trust strangers.
I particularly enjoyed this book in that it often has chapters unrelated to the story in it where Christopher writes his perspective on particular all day situations, for example when he describes in detail a landscape he saw ten years ago when he was on holidays. But in fact, this way of describing his experiences is typical for every chapter. To give an idea of his reasoning, Christopher has numbered the chapters with prime numbers because he likes prime numbers. This really shows how Christopher's mind is working and of course how well a writer Mark Haddon is.
And, if you thought the mystery ended with whomever killed the dog, think again!