Tuesday, January 08, 2008

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time

I have just finished reading this book. I had been wanting to read it for ages, so requested it as a Christmas gift (so much easier that way, than trying to explain another book purchase out of the budget). It was brilliant! I can understand why it was nominated and won so many awards. Below is a review of the story.

Christopher Boone is a 15-year old autistic savant in Swindon, England. He hates being touched, cannot tell a lie, or understand metaphors or jokes. He is a whiz at math and enjoys puzzles. When the neighbor's dog is killed with a pitchfork, he seizes upon it as a puzzle and math problem in hopes of understanding something that makes no sense to him. This begins a journey for Christopher that takes him places he never imagined, both physically and emotionally. Mark Haddon's novel is narrated by Christopher, which creates a nuanced character who is neither stereotyped nor stiff and unoriginal. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time has received praise from almost all reviewers. The Fort Myers News Press says, " It would be curious indeed if this little gem of a novel didn't find its way onto the best-seller lists."

If you are looking for an engrossing and quick read, this one is for you.

There is also an extract from the book here.

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