Mark Haddon

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

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Christopher John Francis Boone knows all the countries of the world and their capitals and every prime number up to 7,057. He relates well to animals but has no understanding of human emotions. He cannot stand to be touched. Although gifted with a superbly logical brain, Christopher is autistic. Everyday interactions and admonishments have little meaning for him. Routine, order and predictability shelter him from the messy, wider world. Then, at fifteen, Christopher’s carefully constructed world falls apart when he finds his neighbor’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 favorite 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 he tries to deal with the crisis within his own family, we are drawn 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 emotion. The effect is dazzling, making for a novel that is deeply funny, poignant, and fascinating in its portrayal of a person whose curse and blessing is a mind that perceives the world literally.
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time is one of the freshest debuts in years—a comedy, a heartbreaker, a mystery story, a novel of exceptional literary merit that is great fun to read.
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    julianitarqделится впечатлением4 года назад

    The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time is the book I chose because I enjoy reading about animals, mostly about dogs. I've never read any books coming from Mark Haddon, but following the main reason I wanted to read the book, I was expecting to read about the dog and its case, which was far from what was really going to happen in the book.

    While reading the book, I highly enjoyed the way Christopher described his surroundings and how he perceived people and events. Christopher, previously mentioned, is the main character, a young boy who has Asperger and he tells the story from his point of view. I liked how he kept the story alive and entertaining.
    It's a novel, focused mostly on mystery. The main theme is the death of the neighbors dog, and how the narrator, Christopher, struggles to find out who the killer was.

    To conclude, I highly recommend this book having in mind that for me it was entertaining from start to end, and it did catch my attention, even-though i get bored easily. People interested in mystery should read it, knowing that the whole reason why the book was narrated was because Christopher wanted the truth to be revealed.

    Дарья Воронинаделится впечатлением11 дней назад

    Интересный стиль повествования. Затронута серьёзная тема!

    pantangpulangделится впечатлениемв прошлом году

    It has an unusual way of plot and writing style, which i enjoyed really.


    Dmitriy Pavlichenkoцитируетв прошлом месяце
    Marilyn vos Savant

    The Monty Hall Problem "creator"

    Justisia Yunitaцитирует5 месяцев назад
    Wellington was a poodle
    Sylvie candra dewiцитирует5 месяцев назад
    Siobhan said that the book should begin with something to grab people’s attention. That is why I started with the dog. I also started with the dog because it happened to me and I find it hard to imagine things which did not happen to me.

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