- Paperback: 280 pages
- Publisher: Vintage; Reprint edition (1 April 2004)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0099450259
- ISBN-13: 978-0099450252
- Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 2.1 x 19.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 2,388 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 459 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time Paperback – 31 Mar 2004
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The title The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time (or the curious incident of the dog in the night-time as it appears within the book) is an appropriate one for Mark Haddon's ingenious novel both because of its reference to that most obsessive and fact-obsessed of detectives, Sherlock Holmes, and because its lower-case letters indicate something important about its narrator.
Christopher is an intelligent youth who lives in the functional hinterland of autism--every day is an investigation for him because of all the aspects of human life that he does not quite get. When the dog next door is killed with a garden fork, Christopher becomes quietly persistent in his desire to find out what has happened and tugs away at the world around him until a lot of secrets unravel messily.
Haddon makes an intelligent stab at how it feels to, for example, not know how to read the faces of the people around you, to be perpetually spooked by certain colours and certain levels of noise, to hate being touched to the point of violent reaction. Life is difficult for the difficult and prickly Christopher in ways that he only partly understands; this avoids most of the obvious pitfalls of novels about disability because it demands that we respect--perhaps admire--him rather than pity him. --Roz Kaveney
"I have never read anything quite like Mark Haddon's funny and agonizingly honest book, or encountered a narrator more vivid and memorable. I advise you to buy two copies; you won't want to lend yours out"--Arthur Golden, author of Memoirs of a Geisha
"A delightful and brilliant book. Very moving, very plausible and very funny"--Oliver Sacks
"Brilliantly empathetic. Believe the hype: a brilliant, heart-warming book"--Scotsman
"A remarkable book. An impressive achievement and a rewarding read"--Time Out
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I don't know the author's background, but the way in which the book is written, along with its layout, demonstrates a great insight into the Autistic Spectrum. Because of this, the author does a convincing job of portraying the first-person perspective of his autistic character, Christopher, as he sets out to solve the murder of his neighbour's Spaniel (called Wellington).
The book moves along at a great pace--with both narrative and data. The plot of the story unfolds over every alternate chapter, with the interluding chapters giving room for Christopher to explain life as he experiences and copes with it. But all of this is done in a exceptional way which maintains the emotional pull of the reader.
As a parent of a Aspergers child, there was a lot that I could relate to in this story (and a lot that I couldn't, too).
Excellent book, and highly recommended. (I'm really surprised no one has tried doing a TV show of it yet!)
---Tristan Sherwin, author of *Love: Expressed*
The description of the crime in the beginning was graphic and violent which I imagine a lot of people, especially young readers, would find shocking and unpleasant. There were also a couple of references of sex and swearing. For this reason I have waited until my children were older to read it, so I read it myself!
The story itself is captivating and I thoroughly enjoyed the book.
I enjoyed reading it and it was well worthwhile, and the character development is very good with me really getting into the character of Christopher and he somewhat reminds me of myself in some aspects which was a first which was very nice as well. So to conclude I gave it 5 out of 5 stars for being a delightful read and I would recommend reading this book.
The story revolves around a dog who has been killed during the night and the boy with AS who tries to find the killer and deal with the consequences when he finds him.
I would however recommend this book. Especially if you're curious about the condition the child has in this book. Like my other reviews i don't really want to say too much in case it ruins the story, but definitely worth buying!
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