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The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-time - Mark Haddon

The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-time

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A truly remarkable novel about an autistic boy. 'The dog was lying on the grass in the middle of the lawn in front of Mrs Shears' house. It looked as if it was running on its side, the way dogs run when they think they are chasing a cat in a dream. But the dog was not running or asleep. The dog was dead. There was a garden fork sticking out of the dog.' 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, a form of autism. 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 end of the road on his own, but when he finds a neighbour's dog murdered he sets out on a terrifying journey which will turn his whole world upside down. Christopher is a brilliant creation, and Mark Haddon's depiction of his world is deeply moving, very funny and utterly convincing. The novel is being published simultaneously for adults by Jonathan Cape and for children by David Fickling, publisher of Philip Pullman. We are convinced that both audiences will recognise it as one of those very rare books that change the way you see everything.

Reading Group Book Questions

  1. How do you think this novel bridges the gap between literature for adults and children?
  2. What do you think Haddon's illustrations add to the story and to our understanding of Christopher's character?
  3. Although seemingly ill equipped as the narrator of a book, Christopher's character succeeds in eliciting a wide range of emotions in the reader. How do you think Haddon uses his protagonist’s voice to touch his audience in such a way?
  4. Discuss the relationship between father and son in the novel. How well do you think Christopher's father copes with his son's condition?
  5. The author has used his extensive knowledge of Asperger's Syndrome to allow us to see the world through Christopher's eyes, how do you think the story further enhances our attachment to the character and our enjoyment of the book in general?
About The Author

Mark Haddon is an author, illustrator and screenwriter who has written fifteen books for children and won two BAFTAs. He lives in Oxford.

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5.0

Wonderful & unique

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Pros

  • Deserves Multiple Readings
  • Engaging Characters
  • Page Turner
  • Suspenseful
  • Well Written

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    • Anybody

    Comments about The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-time:

    A unique and wonderful story. I thoroughly recommend it

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    5.0

    Definitely a must

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    from Perth, AU

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    Pros

    • Page Turner
    • Suspenseful
    • Unique
    • Well Written

    Cons

    • None

    Best Uses

    • Gift
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    Comments about The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-time:

    This book is amazingly unique. It was so different but in a good way!!! It is a must for sure:)

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    5.0

    Fantastic, easy red.

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    Comments about The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-time:

    A fabulous and heart-warming story told simply, yet effectively. Easy read within a day or two.

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    4.0

    Would recommend for light reading.

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    Pros

    • Page Turner

    Cons

    • Pretty Good

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    • More Teenagers Than Littl

    Comments about The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-time:

    Enjoyed reading the book and finished it in a week. (Quick for me). Although I liked it, could do without almost every sentence beginning with the word "And".

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    5.0

    A gem

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    Pros

    • Deserves Multiple Readings
    • Engaging Characters
    • Page Turner
    • Well Written

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      Best Uses

      • Gift
      • Older Readers
      • Travel Reading
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      Comments about The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-time:

      This is a book that truly deserves all the awards it has won. It's a touching and humorous insight into the mind of a young man with Aspergers Syndrome. A rewarding read.

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      "Exceptional by any standards. Both funny and deeply moving" Sunday Telegraph "Outstanding. Heartening as well as richly entertaining. A stunningly good read" Independent "Superbly realised. A funny as well as a sad book. Brilliant" Guardian "A remarkable book. An impressive achievement and a rewarding read" Time Out "A magical book. It's one of those books that makes you feel as though you have been on an emotional rollercoaster." Carrie Grant, Sunday Express

      ISBN: 9780099450252
      ISBN-10: 0099450259
      Audience: General
      Format: Paperback
      Language: English
      Number Of Pages: 288
      Published: April 2004
      Country of Publication: GB
      Dimensions (cm): 19.8 x 13.0  x 2.1
      Weight (kg): 0.27
      Edition Number: 1