Why this book?
"This will not be a funny book. I cannot tell jokes because I do not understand them. This is a murder mystery," the young narrator tells us. It begins with a brutal death by stabbing; fifteen-year-old Christopher John Francis Boone is arrested for killing Wellington, the neighbor’s poodle. Normally I don’t read murder mysteries. I don’t really care who done it – after all, the author holds all the cards and sets up the clues. Mark Haddon’s mystery is different. True, the author holds all the cards, but he tells the story through an Asperger/autistic teenager. I am completely engaged. I care about this kid; I want him to find the real dog murderer. Haddon uses the trope of the child sleuth – Hardy Boys, Nancy Drew, Harriet the Spy – to frame a poignant story and portray an unexpected hero. Make no mistake: This is not a Hardy Boys rehash; this is the telling of a traumatic event by a young man on the autism spectrum. I smiled through my tears.
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
Why should I read it?
16 authors picked The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.
What is this book about?
Winner of the Whitbread Book of the Year
'Outstanding...a stunningly good read' Observer
'Mark Haddon's portrayal of an emotionally dissociated mind is a superb achievement... Wise and bleakly funny' Ian McEwan
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time is a murder mystery novel like no other. The detective, and narrator, is Christopher Boone. Christopher is fifteen and has Asperger's Syndrome. He knows a very great deal about maths and very little about human beings. He loves lists, patterns and the truth. He hates the colours yellow and brown and being touched. He has never gone further than the…
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