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The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time Hardcover – 1 May 2003

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  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Jonathan Cape Ltd; First Edition edition (1 May 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0224063782
  • ISBN-13: 978-0224063784
  • Package Dimensions: 22.2 x 16 x 3.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 2,376 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 604,932 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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

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"I have never read anything quite like Mark Haddon's funny and agonizingly
honest book, or encountered a narrator more vivid and memorable." -- Arthur Golden

...a delightful and brilliant book, Mark Haddon shows great insight into the autistic mind, and brings his young narrator protagonist quite wonderfully to life. -- Oliver Sacks

‘Mark Haddon’s portrayal of an emotionally dissociated mind is a superb achievement. He is a wise and bleakly funny writer with rare gifts of empathy.’ -- Ian McEwan

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