The Curious Incident of the Dog In the Night-Time – Mark Haddon

 

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The Curious Incident of the Dog In the Night-Time – Mark Haddon 

 

Many people face challenges and with no outward sign or symptom, the bravery and ingenuity they exercise every day to overcome fearful obstacles often remains unknown.  British writer Mark Haddon’s novel concerns Christopher Boone – a young man who is different and describes himself as a “mathematician with some behavioural difficulties”; although it is never mentioned, the blurb refers to Asperger syndrome or high-functioning autism. Christopher can’t read peoples’ faces; he can’t imagine what others feel, he doesn’t have empathy for people and takes what he is told literally. Life with his single father is uneventful until he discovers a neighbour’s dog has been killed and when he decides to track down the perpetrator, a thriller begins. This is an adventure and a mystery and it’s exciting how quickly Haddon puts us in Christopher’s shoes and we see his quest through his eyes. Navigating this new world, the deductions he must make and his determination to achieve his goal leads to very funny moments but always with the undertow – the effort his condition demands of him – eliciting our sympathy as we wish him success in his journey.

 

This book has won numerous awards. Its publication was unusual in that it was released in adult and adolescent genres simultaneously. It has been optioned for a movie.

 

The Library service has numerous copies of this title.

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