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Winner of multiple awards including Book of the Year, Mark Haddon’s The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time tells the story of a 15 year old autistic boy who discovers the body of his neighbour’s dog in the garden, apparently killed by someone, and then sets about trying to solve the crime.
Summary Of The Book
The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time is set in Swindon, Wiltshire, and is narrated in the first person by its young protagonist, Christopher John Francis Boone, a fifteen year old boy who suffers from a form of autism, and lives with his father, Ed Boone. He mentions that his father once told him that his mother, Judy, had died of a heart attack a couple of years ago.
Christopher’s condition often leaves him with behavioural difficulties. He does, however, remain keenly interested in two things, Mathematics and Sherlock Holmes detective novels.
One day, Christopher makes a gruesome discovery in his neighbour Mrs. Shear’s garden. He finds her pet dog, a black poodle named Wellington, laying dead, with a garden fork stabbed right through him. As the police are called in to investigate the dog’s death, suspicion falls on Christopher.
Christopher takes it upon himself to solve the mystery of the dog’s death. Despite his father’s warnings, ordering him not to interfere with matters not concerning him, he starts off his own investigation, maintaining his notes in a book he calls a murder mystery novel. Although limited by his condition that presents some difficulties interpreting things and people around him, Christopher, in the process of solving this case, meets many people who provide him with information that not only helps him find out who killed the dog, but also uncovers some answers to hidden truths of his own.
Mark Haddon's novel of a young boy’s self-discovery, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, was very well received, and went on to be picked for the coveted Whitbread awards for Book of the Year and Best Novel, as well as the Commonwealth Award and the Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize.
About Mark Haddon
Mark Haddon is a British poet, illustrator, screenplay writer, and award-winning novelist.
He has written many novels including Gilbert’s Gobstopper, Agent Z And The Penguin From Mars, Secret Agent Handbook, The Ice Bear’s Cave, and Ocean Star Express.
Mark Haddon was born on 26 September, 1962. He studied at Uppingham School, and went on to study English at Merton College, Oxford. At the start of his career, he dabbled in many different occupations. He worked as an illustrator and cartoonist with magazines, working with people with disabilities and painting abstract art. Primarily a writer of children’s books, he self-illustrates many of his books. He currently lives in Oxford, with his wife and two sons.
|Imprint||David Fickling Books (PB)|
|Number of Pages||288 Pages|
|Publication Year||2010 January|
|Height||7.8 Inches (US)|
|Width||0.71 Inches (US)|
Mark Haddon was born in Northampton. He read English at Oxford and has worked in a variety of jobs including magazine illustrator and part-time worker for Mencap.
|Age Group||12+ years|
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Apr 17, 2015
ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS IN THE WORLD !!!!!
Jan 9, 2015
God Book, Good Delivery
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Sep 26, 2014
Fresh, Witty and a new perspective all over!
Aug 28, 2014
May 7, 2012
Curiously hilarious!The synopsis of this book interested me and I bought it and so I can say that I got more than what I had thought.I had expected this book to be a mystery like Agatha Christie or Hardy Boys since it talked about a boy playing detective but I was in for a surprise and a welcomed one at that.
Apr 26, 2013
GREAT BOOKThe book is a great read and it covers the mentality and behavior of the central character and the speaker Christopher .
Oct 25, 2012
This book is unlike anything I have read, so far...This book is unlike anything I have read, so far...
Apr 30, 2012
You laugh and you cry!a boy suffering from Autism describes behaviors of human beings in unintentional funny ways! Sometimes you laugh and sometimes you pause & think about your own life...a very unusual way of story telling! Worth it!!
Apr 19, 2012
The Best of all novels i hav read so far...I have read many a great novels but this is without a doubt the most intelligent and thought provoking.The author seems seduced by philosophical ideas and mathematics and in order to expel them out he takes shape as an autistic boy.I read on wikipedia that he worked with autistic children and so he designs the mental condition of the autistic narrator perfectly.The book is a perfect read for those who are interested in unconventional ideas.
Dec 4, 2011
Deceptive text that blends humour with serious metaphysical issuesI've gone thru this book and found it extremely interesting particularly bcoz of d peculiar thinking of the autistic boy Christopher and the philosophical questions slyly raised thru d story. A math prodigy, Christopher lives in his makebelief world and gets disappointed at every step as he tries to understand d outer world. Christopher thinks in images and this thought process is conveyed thru d numerous photographs, diagrams and charts inserted into the text (which is a postmodern trait). The inefficacy of language to convey our thoughts is highlighted thru various events in d story. Christo… (Expand)
Aug 2, 2012
Stumbled on this at a book store, became my FavouriteI discovered this while randomly checking out books at a book store. I liked the book title and the playful cover art.
Jul 2, 2012
Totally different kinda book!Right from the start till the end, you would never feel bored because of the series of events in this book. Its so much interesting that you will definitely prefer to finish the book in one go!!
Jan 2, 2012
Great book!You would be wrong to presume that this book is meant for children. It's not. There's a lot of quirky things a discerning reader will find (take a look at the page numbers for example). All in all, a very nice read.
Aug 3, 2012
Okay, written by a kid!This book is definitely written in a kiddish style, and the language is also simple and totally understandable to anyone. But, when it comes to reading the story of Christopher, you just can not hold up to it as the story line is normal, and I feel its highly exaggerated by the reviews and the story introduction. Personally I did not find this book very much interesting. Only the dog mystery keeps you going to the end.