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The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time: The classic Sunday Times bestseller by [Mark Haddon]

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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

--This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.


“The book gave me that rare, greedy feeling of: this is so good I want to read it all at once but I mustn’t or it will be over too soon. Haddon pulls off something extraordinary . . .” -- The Observer

“Always surprising and often hilarious.” --
The Globe and Mail

“One of the most affecting things I’ve read in years . . . it’s brilliant.” --
The Guardian

“Mark Haddon’s new novel comes with glowing endorsements from Ian McEwan and Oliver Sacks . . . For once, the pundits speak the truth.” --
The Economist

“A stark, funny and original first novel . . . [with] one of the strangest and most convincing characters in recent fiction.” --
The New York Times Book Review

“A brilliant autism novel has been overdue -- and this is it!
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time. Mark Haddon shows great insight into the autistic mind, and he brings his young narrator protagonist quite wonderfully to life. I found it very moving, very plausible -- and very funny.” -- Oliver Sacks, author of Uncle Tungsten

"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

The Curious Incident brims with imagination, empathy, and vision -- plus it's a lot of fun to read.” -- Myla Goldberg, author of Bee Season

“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 --This text refers to the mass_market edition.

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  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B0031R5K8G
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Vintage Digital (26 Jan. 2010)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 3677 KB
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Screen Reader ‏ : ‎ Supported
  • Enhanced typesetting ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • X-Ray ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Word Wise ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 242 pages
  • Customer reviews:
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Mark Haddon is an author, illustrator and screenwriter who has written fifteen books for children and won two BAFTAs. His bestselling novel, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time, was published simultaneously by Jonathan Cape and David Fickling in 2003. It won seventeen literary prizes, including the Whitbread Award. His poetry collection, The Talking Horse and the Sad Girl and the Village Under the Sea, was published by Picador in 2005, and his last novel, The Red House, was published by Jonathan Cape in 2012. He lives in Oxford.

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By Nuala Bond on 10 August 2020
Took me about 24hrs to read this book. It was recommended to me by some mum's of ASD kids a Facebook group I'm on (as I have a, possibly 2 ASD boys) it was also recommend to me by my older ASD boys teacher from 2 years ago (shes my "book guru' lol if I want a new book to read she always has great suggestions) it was hard to get in to at first I with the way Christopher gos off track when writing he's book, once I got use to the way he off tracked I got though the book quickly. The way he describes he's thoughts and feelings, and how he feels around people it reminded me so much if my best friend, he will walk agesnt walls to put himself as far away from people as he can, he trusts me so I can be close to him and although I've always expected that This was part of who he was and not something he could help I never understood this made me realize how hard it could be for him. Christopher also has other behaviours that remind me so much of my boys and it makes me think so much of them. To see what could be going on in there mind I feel as actually helped me to understand them more. Would definitely recommend the book. My daughter has now laid claim to it to read after she's read the book she has on the go at the moment.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning- couldn’t put it down. In fact I didn’t; I read it in four hours
By Viola Bleu on 13 October 2020
I’ve never read a book in one sitting.
Until today. This morning, I woke up with the threat of a migraine and by 11:30 had to press pause on life; literally, I went back to bed having crawled up the stairs in agony. By 12:30 I was able to read without feeling sick and started this gem.
The only time I stopped reading was when I went down to make a cuppa. I read the final page at around 5:20pm.

During the 268 pages, I laughed and I cried. And often I prayed for dear Christopher to achieve his goals.

It’s like Eleanor Oliphant meets Young Sherlock Holmes and is an absolute stunning study in how a teenager sees the world who has his particular learning difficulty - a label which he, himself, queries in the novel.

I adored Christopher and each of his struggling parents are beautifully portrayed. The dialogue is spot on. And the ‘extras’ highlight the way Christopher’s mind works. I almost felt, when I’d finished, that I’d been privileged to have had a bird’s eye view of a world I know very little about. No wonder this is recommended school reading. 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 It’s a huge five stars from me xx
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