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Book Information: Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, the

Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, the (2003) [Novel]
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Summary (From the publisher):

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.

Original title: The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
Original languages: English

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Genre: FictionChildren & Young AdultSocial IssuesDisabilities
FictionGeneral FictionEccentric People

Edition #1: Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, the

Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, the (2003)
Awards: McKitterick Prize (2004)
Edition Details:

Language: English

Blurbs:
  • "In choosing to make Christopher his narrator, Mr. Haddon has deliberately created a story defined and limited by his hero's very logical, literal-minded point of view. The result is a minimalistic narrative -- not unlike a Raymond Carver story in its refusal to speculate, impute motive or perform emotional embroidery." The New York Times
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Manifested in:

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time (July 2003)

Format: Hardcover
Publisher: Doubleday
ISBN: 9780385512107
Pages: 226

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