The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
Narrated by a fifteen-year-old autistic savant obsessed with Sherlock Holmes, this dazzling novel weaves together an old-fashioned mystery, a contemporary coming-of-age story, and a fascinating excursion into a mind incapable of processing emotions. Christopher John Francis Boone knows all the... show more
Narrated by a fifteen-year-old autistic savant obsessed with Sherlock Holmes, this dazzling novel weaves together an old-fashioned mystery, a contemporary coming-of-age story, and a fascinating excursion into a mind incapable of processing emotions. Christopher John Francis Boone knows all the countries of the world and their capitals and every prime number up to 7,057. Although gifted with a superbly logical brain, Christopher is autistic. Everyday interactions and admonishments have little meaning for him. At fifteen, Christopher’s carefully constructed world falls apart when he finds his neighbour’s dog Wellington impaled on a garden fork, and he is initially blamed for the killing. Christopher decides that he will track down the real killer, and turns to his favourite fictional character, the impeccably logical Sherlock Holmes, for inspiration. But the investigation leads him down some unexpected paths and ultimately brings him face to face with the dissolution of his parents’ marriage. As Christopher tries to deal with the crisis within his own family, the narrative draws readers into the workings of Christopher’s mind. And herein lies the key to the brilliance of Mark Haddon’s choice of narrator: The most wrenching of emotional moments are chronicled by a boy who cannot fathom emotions. The effect is dazzling, making for one of the freshest debut in years: a comedy, a tearjerker, a mystery story, a novel of exceptional literary merit that is great fun to read.
Publish date: February 24th 2009
Publisher: Anchor Canada
Pages no: 320
Edition language: English
This reminded me a lot of ROOM. Lacking the chroniclers limitations, we can read between the lines, anticipate and fear much that escapes them. It's likely that people that enjoyed/hated that one will feel similarly about this one. I lack knowledge or real life contact to make a judgment on the ve...
I enjoyed this story so much. It's told from a teen boy's point of view. He has autism. I've never thought about things in such a way. It's worth reading for the unique perspective, but the storyline is very interesting also. He investigates everything. He's intelligent and no nonsense. It sh...
Dit boek is geschreven vanuit het oogpunt van een jongen met asperger.Ik heb het in één middag uitgelezen, en hoewel het fascinerend was om te zien hoe een autist de wereld beleefd, was het ook vermoeiend.Leuk boek, makkelijk te lezen.
I read this recently for my book club and I wish I could say I enjoyed it as much as most of the other’s there seemed to. Christopher Boone, a fifteen year old boy with Asperger’s syndrome, stumbles upon the body of his neighbour’s dog. Christopher has a supremely logical brain and decides he’ll t...