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Book Takeaways || The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time and the Othering of 'Normalcy'

Mark Haddon's The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time is very much as it is named: curious. But it is also a wonderful look at subjectivity, socialisation, and otherness. In fact, it even goes so far as to make ‘normalcy’ - which is, of course, entirely subjective and dependent on various factors - the other.
Following the events of the apparent murder of his neighbour Mrs Shears' dog, Wellington, Christopher embarks on a quest to uncover the perpetrator and discovers more than he bargained for during his quest. What's more, the book we are reading is the one Christopher is writing about his investigation, and it becomes a journal with insights into the workings of his mind and also into the lives of those around him, seen through an innocent eye and a way of looking at the world in clear-cut absolutes.
The award-winning novel was acclaimed for its positive and non-stigmatising representation of a person with a social disability, while at the same time it allowed r…

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