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The curious incident of the dog in the night-time





alalex
I f someone ever read this book or is planning to read it, read i!!
Have you ever wondered who does an autist (mental problem that makes you create extrange habits) thinks? Well, this book was written by one, and is amazing to see how they think.

The author is called Mark Haddon, and he is autist. He knows the name of all the cities of the world and all their capitals; he also knows all the prime numbers up to 7,057...

Some critics were: "Gloriously eccentric and wonderfully inteligent." -Boston Globe.

If you read it, say what did you think about it; Is a great discusion!!!!
wumingsden
The first time I read the Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time I thought it was absolutely brilliant. After just finishing reading it for the 4th time I still have exactly the same opinion.
Mark Haddon's writing technique reminds me of Sue Townsend's work, like the Diary of Adrian Mole series'. I strongly recommend reading this book, it is probably one of the best. Do not be put off by the title, it really has no strong hold over the plot at all and its not as childish as it may seem.
alalex
I think you are absolutely right, I haven't finished it still, but only the first half is wonderful, and I guess the second half is still better.
I was reading it for English class, a really great book, and if someone thinks it's for kids by the title, as you said it has really good meditations and thoughts about life!
benwhite
It's an excellent book. The name sounds silly but is in fact a perfect title. The protagonist is written believably with a strong personality. It's certainly prefer this portrayal of autism to that of Faulkner's Sound and the Fury. It's a must read, along with Jonathan Safran Foer's two books, as my favorite story of the past couple years.
famarama
I try to read "outside the box." Even so, only a handful of the books I read are worth touting to other readers. Mark Haddon's The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time is one of those.

The narrator: A fifteen year old autistic boy. Nah. Other than my own, I'm not particularly fond of children. Most of the people who have them shouldn't. I'm not going to read this book.

Well, wait, some of my favorite books are narrated by boys. Catcher in the Rye. Huckleberry Finn. Some Dickens stuff. Maybe I'll read a few pages.

So in the beginning our hero, Christopher Boone, finds his neighbor's dog "murdered" with a garden fork and decides to find out who did it. Not exactly the most compelling plot line I've ever seen. I should stop reading here. But there's something about the writing that keeps me going.

In no time at all, I'm fifty pages in and committed to the finish. Why? Christopher's autism is maddening. He spends a lot of time kneeling on the floor or in the grass with his head pressed to the surface, moaning. You want to give him a good smack on the head and say "Suck it up, boy." His mother does. That leads to one of the central problems of the novel. His father is a dull, unimaginative, accomodating plumbing contractor, who believes that whatever Christopher wants should be acceded to. Most of the remaining characters are barely sketched in cardboard cutouts. So why am I still reading?

Part of it is Mark Haddon's writing. Spare, precise, minimalist, but blessed with a superb internal rhythm that feels just right. But mostly it's about being allowed to see the world from Christopher's perspective, which is not the perspective that most of us are familiar with, at least on a conscious level. Most people, especially in the United States of America, tend to think that their world view is the average world view. Christopher is acutely aware that his view is not. And along the way, he manages to demonstrate that the views of "the rest of us" are not, either.

Christopher has problems with certain colors, yellow and brown in particular. His caregivers find these problems to be, themselves, a problem. Pop culture goes in the other direction. One of the standard questions addressed to cultural icons for the purpose of published profiles is "What is your favorite color?" Meaningless, but required. Better to ask them what colors turn them off. Ask any truly sophisticated graphic designer. They know. What color turns this demographic on. What color turns them off. What turns them off is much more important than what turns them on. The one thing that is certain is that most people have no idea about this. But Christopher does.

Christopher has problems with being touched. On page six, he says "Then the police arrived. I like the police. They have uniforms and numbers and you know what they are meant to be doing." But on page eight "The policeman took hold of my arm and lifted me onto my feet. I didn't like him touching me like this. And this is when I hit him." I grew up in a world where people rarely touched each other. My ex-wife grew up in a world where hugging, even cheek kissing, was a way of greeting. Imagine how tense our family get togethers were.

Christopher has problems with anything that departs from his daily routine. Going out in public. Finding any place that he's never been to before. Dealing with people who are not "family or friends." His experiences are intense, but are they that different from those of most of us?

All of these themes and more are thoroughly developed in the first half of the book. Then things start breaking and racing out of control downstream. I wouldn't dare to even hint at what that entails. Read this book. You won't be sorry.
alalex
Pretty good thoughts there!! I had weeks of discussion in class for that book, (I read it at school) and I have to say it was a great book, also catcher in the rye was really good...
Traveller
Superb book! It draws you right into Christopher's world and provides a vicarious experience unlike that of most other books. I'll certainly add another hearty recommendation!
n0obie4life
To be honest, I seldom read books. But this book kind of got my attention, so I read it Wink.

It's a great book. It draws the reader right into his world, you can actually imagine what the author is trying to say because he's sooo pricise (sp?), like how many cars he saw or whatever Razz.

You know, I'm sure I saw 5 yellow cars today Very Happy.
wumingsden
n0obie4life wrote:
To be honest, I seldom read books. But this book kind of got my attention, so I read it Wink.

It's a great book. It draws the reader right into his world, you can actually imagine what the author is trying to say because he's sooo pricise (sp?), like how many cars he saw or whatever Razz.

You know, I'm sure I saw 5 yellow cars today Very Happy.


I think thats the best thing about the book, the fact that there is soooo much detail. The littlest (sp?) things are mentioned, and different behaviour is looked up upon rather than down upon. I mean, how many people would openly admit to counting cars on their way to school for example - excluding N4L

P.S its precise,
Tasukii
I looove this book, it had completly changed my point of view on autism. It's very original; life through the eyes of an autist.
I almost cried when Christopher discovered his mum's letters. Crying or Very sad
Revelations
It's very very very good, however, it makes you feel sad.

My school gave it the "humourous book" award...I was thinking "You go get an illness and think it's funny!"

:@
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