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The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time [Hardcover]

Mark Haddon
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant and Captivaring Sept. 15 2005
Format:Paperback
As both an author and father of a child with Asperger's, I was drawn to this book to see if Haddon could truly capture the unique brilliance and absent social skills of an autistic boy. Not only does he succeed at the task, he adds a healthy dash of humor while avoiding the easy trap of pathos a lesser author might have fallen into. The book is stunning in its accuracy of how those with autism view the world and- just as important- how the world views them. It is this last viewpoint that elevates the book to more than just clever, because we see through Christopher's literal-minded eyes the duplicity of the "normal" world, the world that all assume must be superior. In a way, Haddon's book reminds me of that great short story "Gimpel the Fool" by Isaac Bashevis Singer, a story of a simple man who believes all the lies he's told. In the end, it's not those who tried to trick him, but Gimpel himself who's revealed to be the wisest one for remaining firm in his belief that goodness will prevail. So too does Christopher prevail, his detective work unveiling the truth and overcoming all the futile attempts to thwart or dismiss his meticulous investigation.
I don't know if I'll ever write a book with an autistic character, but thanks to Mr. Haddon, I feel like it's already been done for me.
Strongly recommended.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Artfully Autistic Feb. 11 2004
Format:Audio Cassette
If having autism could be demonstrated quite literally, this book is it! I have known many individuals with autism over the last 30 years and I saw many of them in the character of the narrator, Christopher. Christopher's character is the essence of the person with autism, who wants the world to be well-ordered and logical. He does mathematical equations in his head to get calm and I wish that would work for me!
I loved reading Christopher's thought processes thoughout the book. Christopher decides to investigate who murdered Wellington, the neighbor's dog. His father tells him to mind his own business and not investigate. But Christopher thinks about what Sherlock Holmes would do and investigates anyway. Christopher reasons that most people who kill others usually kill someone they know and are close to. He then reasons it would not unusual to be murdered by someone in your family on Christmas Day!
This book is a work of art and it provides pathos, wisdom and understanding to the curious world of people with autism in the daytime and the nighttime.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An enlightening book and a terrific debut novel June 21 2003
Format:Hardcover
This is a very unusual novel mostly because of the narrator's autism. Simple to read, the novel has an interesting rhythm to it as the reader becomes more familiar with Christopher's disability. While I initially thought it would become repetitive, the story takes some turns to make it a consistently enjoyable reading experience.
Christopher begins to write the book to solve the mystery of the murder of Wellington, a neighbor's dog, like his hero Sherlock Holmes. Along the way, we learn about his family situation, his view of the world, his idiosyncrasies, and his school life. He's not exactly an unreliable narrator, but the author does an excellent job of imagining the problems involved when the storyteller has autism and the story is consistent with this perspective.
While not a perfect book, I would recommend this highly, especially to people who want a fresh and different reading experience. It's not at all preachy, and it deals with a little understood disability with honesty; this reader came away from the book with a new understanding of the difficulties of dealing with autism. It is well worth your time to pick this one up.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A book to have and share April 18 2014
By Marina
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Read this book in English literature class . Gave it to a patient who had a grandson with autism . Can't deny the fact this is a very good book . Higly recommend if
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I found this book quite bizzare at first. It offers a prospective of an autistic person on the world. It immitates the specifics of the logic of such person. It was quite hard to read it at first. Had it not been for my English teacher who decided that we were to read it for class, I would have dropped reading it right there. After having had the in-class discussions, I realized that this book is actually a great literary work as it expands one's outlook by introducing logic different from one's own. Also this book makes the reader learn more about themselves - how they feel about the people who are different from themselves and why. It is the book that helps reveal the truth in many ways - both about the society we live in and ourselves.
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By Len TOP 100 REVIEWER
Format:Kindle Edition
Part story, primarily observations, this book explores the isolated world of an adolescent child suffering from Asperger’s syndrome. Beginning with a disturbing stabbing of the neighbour’s dog, the book follows Christopher’s adventures as he attempts to solve the murder of an animal his father would like him to forget. Christopher's mind is like a camera that records things and events but not feelings. He would know the number of ceiling tiles on the roof of his classroom or the colour of the dress his teacher wore last Monday but would have no idea about whether she was happy or sad at any particular moment nor would he particularly care. So, to reflect the cognition of his protagonist, Mr. Haddon records many of these observations for the reader. Although Christopher’s cognitions are often interesting and amusing, they are sometimes not. Nevertheless, observation and action are balanced so as to provide the reader with an entertaining story while at the same time providing a terrific insight into what life might be like for Asperger sufferer.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic
Such an interesting read - I was required to read this for a university course studying autism, but I would recommend outside of studies too.
Published 4 months ago by Liddy Swales
4.0 out of 5 stars Never read a book like this one!
A most amazing read! I cannot think of anything to which I might compare it. Closest I can imagine might be Flowers for Algernon so far as being brought into the perspective of a... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Mr. D. John Mclean
4.0 out of 5 stars Loved it
I loved it, short and sweet read it in one setting. Loved the atmosphere it gave off. I would recommend.
Published 8 months ago by Caitlyn
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome Book
I read this book for the first time when I was about 16. 6 years later it is still as endearing as the day I picked it up.
A must read for any age.
Published 17 months ago by Christina
4.0 out of 5 stars Well written. Very well read.
The book is really nice, once you accept the premise and the first person. It's not a mystery novel. I wish it would stop being described as one. It's more of a.. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Russty
5.0 out of 5 stars A book worth two reads
This was an enticing book from start to finish. It had all the main elements of a great story, and some. Read more
Published on Nov. 1 2011 by Amy Fisher
2.0 out of 5 stars Interesting, but there is one big problem
Stories like this don't come along too often. This is a good thing, as I'm always looking for something different, but it's also a bad thing, because the author isn't fully... Read more
Published on Oct. 4 2011 by Liana
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome Read
This book really gave great perspective on kids with Autism and their thought processes. It was recommended to me by one of my friends whom is a nurse and I've recommended it to... Read more
Published on June 28 2011 by Sue
5.0 out of 5 stars An original and extremely compelling story
This is one of the most original and spellbinding novels I've read in years. It is written from a perspective of an autistic teenage boy in an incredibly convincing way. Read more
Published on May 31 2011 by Dr. Bojan Tunguz
5.0 out of 5 stars Original and exceptional book.
This book was absolutely extraordinary. I really loved it to the very last word. It`s my favorite book of all times, but that is because I`m really fascinated with their minds... Read more
Published on July 3 2009 by Pamela Morasse
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