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- Publisher: Recorded Books (May 2003)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1402555989
- ISBN-13: 978-1402555985
- Product Dimensions: 18 x 10.8 x 2.9 cm
- Shipping Weight: 177 g
- Average Customer Review: 207 customer reviews
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Mark Haddon's bitterly funny first novel, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time, is a murder mystery of sorts--one told by an autistic version of Adrian Mole. Christopher John Francis Boone is a 15-year-old boy, mathematically gifted and socially hopeless, raised in a working-class home by parents who can barely cope with their child's quirks. He takes everything that he sees (or is told) at face value, and is unable to sort out the strange behaviour of his elders and peers.
Late one night, Christopher comes across his neighbour's poodle, Wellington, impaled on a garden fork. Wellington's owner finds him cradling her dead dog in his arms, and has him arrested. After spending a night in jail, Christopher resolves--against the objection of his father and neighbours--to discover just who has murdered Wellington. He is encouraged by Siobhan, a social worker at his school, to write a book about his investigations, and the result--quirkily illustrated, with each chapter given its own prime number--is The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time.
Haddon's novel is a startling performance. This is the sort of book that could turn condescending, or exploitative, or overly sentimental, or grossly tasteless very easily, but Haddon navigates those dangers with a sureness of touch that is extremely rare among first-time novelists. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time is original, clever, and genuinely moving: this one is a must-read. --Jack Illingworth --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
"Gloriously eccentric and wonderfully intelligent." --"The Boston Globe
"Moving. . . . Think of The Sound and the Fury crossed with The Catcher in the Rye" and one of Oliver Sacks's real-life stories." --Michiko Kakutani, "The New York Times
"This is an amazing novel. An amazing book." --"The Dallas Morning News
"A superb achievement. He is a wise and bleakly funny writer with rare gifts of empathy." --Ian McEwan, author of Atonement
"Brilliant. . . . Delightful. . . . Very moving, very plausible--and very funny." --Oliver Sacks
"Superb. . . . Bits of wisdom fairly leap off the page." --"Newsday
"Disorienting and reorienting the reader to devastating effect. . . . As suspenseful and harrowing as anything in Conan Doyle." --Jay McInerney, "The New York Times Book Review
"Extraordinarily moving, often blackly funny. . . . It is hard to think of anyone who would not be moved and delighted by this book." --"Financial Times, London
"Both clever and observant." --"The Washington Post
"Full of whimsical surprises and tender humor." --"People
"[Haddon] illuminates a core of suffering through the narrowly focused insights of a boy who hasn't the words to describe emotional pain." --"New York "Daily News
"Outstanding. . . . A stunningly good read." --"The Independent
"Engrossing . . . flawlessly imagined and deeply affecting." --"Time Out New York
"A remarkable book from a writer with very special talent." --"Fort Worth Star-Telegram
"The Curious Incident is the rare book that repays reading twice in quick succession." --"Detroit Free Press
"Heart-in-the-mouth stuff, terrifying and moving. Haddon is to be congratulated for imagining anew kind of hero." --"The Daily Telegraph
"This original and affecting novel is a triumph of empathy." -"The New Yorker
"Haddon's book illuminates the way one mind works so precisely, so humanely, that it reads like both an acutely observed case study and an artful exploration of a different 'mystery': the thoughts and feeling we share even with those very different from us." -"Entertainment Weekly
"Mark Haddon's portrayal of an emotionally disassociated mind is a superb achievement. He is a wise and bleakly funny writer with rare gifts of empathy." -Ian McEwan, author of "Atonement
"A murder mystery, a road atlas, a postmodern canvas of modern sensory overload, a coming-of-age journal and lastly a really affecting look at the grainy inconsistency of parental and romantic love and its failures. . . . In this striking first novel, Mark Haddon is both clever and observant, and the effect is vastly affecting." -"The Washington Post
"Haddon's gentle humor reminds us that facts don't add up to a life, that we understand ourselves only through metaphor." -"Chicago Tribune
"Beautifully written. . . . Heart-in-the-mouth stuff, terrifying and moving. Haddon is to be congratulated for imagining a new kind of hero, for the humbling instruction this warm and often funny novel offers and for showing that the best lives are lived where difference is cherished." -"The Daily Telegraph
"A detective story with a difference. . . . [Haddon] has given his unlikely hero a convincing voice-and the detective novel an interesting twist." -"The Economist
"Think Huck Finn," The Catcher in the Rye," or the early chapters of David Copperfield." -"Houston Chronicle
"Atale full of cheeky surprises and tender humor. . . . A touching evolution." -"Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
"Funny, sad and totally convincing." -"Time
"More so than precursors like The Sound and the Fury" and Flowers for Algernon," The Curious Incident" is a radical experiment in empathy." -"The Village Voice
"One of the strangest and most convincing characters in recent fiction." -"Slate
"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"
"At once funny and achingly sad, this thought-provoking debut may leave us wondering if our worn coping skills are really any better than Christopher's." -"The News and Observer
"Filled with humor and pain, [The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time] verges on profundity." -"San Jose Mercury News
"The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time brims with imagination, empathy, and vision-plus it's a lot of fun to read."" -Myla Goldberg, author of Bee Season --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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It is nowhere mentioned that Christopher is autistic – although it is obvious to anyone who has basic knowledge on the subject – so I don’t see why people insist on using autism as a sales pitch. It is quite obvious that the writer didn’t want to put a label on him. And in fact, I wouldn’t even say that his autism was one of my favourite aspects of the book. On the contrary, I found him very “textbook” autistic – as in very stereotypical. Which is okay, but there is so much more to this book than that.
Christopher might seem very different at first, especially for a close-to-100% neurotypical reader (which I’m not, I’m 50-50 so to me he wasn’t that much “weirder” than the 90%+ neurotypical characters I read about all the time), but as the story progresses I think most people could realize he’s more like them than they would ever have thought. Which is often the case with anyone you think is “different”.
The characters are all unique, believable and not always very sympathetic. I had very mixed feelings for almost every character in the book (except Mrs Alexander, she’s the best). They were mostly loveable, but then they did that thing of which I disapproved (a different thing for each). However, that’s part of what made them so realistic. I felt deeply, in particular, for Christopher’s parents.
That being said, to me the most interesting aspects of this book were the plot and theme. Although Christopher keeps saying that “this is not a proper novel”, I think it is. There are several interesting mystery and adventure elements, but mostly it’s a story about life and how different people deal with it.
The main theme, to me, was that of courage. In the later half of the book, Christopher shows the kind of real-life courage that cannot fail to have an impact on me. Some other characters also show their courage… or lack of it.
Finally, this novel is refreshingly non-moralistic. Good people do good things and bad things. They care for the people they like and want to protect them, but they hurt them too, sometimes. They don’t mean it. Sometimes emotions cloud their judgement, sometimes they can’t understand how the other person thinks, and sometimes, one person’s needs are simply too much for what the other person can give. There are all three examples through the story and I *loved* that.
Very interesting to read and very touching at the end.
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The story is touching and very sweet.