'Wondrous - brilliantly inventive, full of dazzling set pieces. Not simply the most original novel I've read in years - it's also one of the best' The Times
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Published: 01 April 2004
Genre: Classic fiction
Winner of the Whitbread Book of the Year'Outstanding...a stunningly good read' Observer'Mark Haddon's portrayal of an emotionally dissociated mind is a superb achievement... Wise and bleakly funny' Ian McEwan 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 Syndrome. 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.
I'm all for hearing different voices in fiction and I got my wish with this book. The story showed just how someone with Asperger's might view the world. Christopher finds a dead dog and sets about trying to find the dog's killer, but the book is much more than a mystery story... I loved the way Christopher tries to bring order to his world by using Maths which he finds far easier to understand than people
Malorie Blackman, Books for Keeps
So genuine...It is chillingly heartbreaking and passionately positive in equal measure
Julia Eccleshare, Books for Keeps
The clash between Christopher's view of the world and the way it looks to the rest of us makes this an extraordinarily moving, often blackly funny read. It is hard to think of anyone who would not be moved and delighted by this book, so the decision to publish it simultaneously for older children and adults is certainly well-founded.
A wonderful first person narrative of a boy with Asperger's Syndrome; funny, sad and extraordinarily original
If you have not read this book yet, why not? Where have you been? I strongly recommend that you do, it is a classic. It is a story from the perspective of a teenage boy with asperger's. It is a funny, well-observed, poignant book that will make you want to chuckle and cry all at the same time (in a good way!). It is one of those books you won’t be able to put down and then feel sad when you finish it.
This book is quite frankly amazing. It's funny, touching and poignant. A book that tells the tale of a young teenage boy with asperger's, and gives you an insight into their mind. If you haven't read this book, you must! Each time you pick it up, you will smile, knowing that something will happen, and you will not want to put it down. And once you are nearing the end and have finished, you will be sad, as you didn't want it to end.
This book is brilliant, absolutely brilliant. It tells the story of Christopher, a teenage boy with asperger's, and delves beautifully, faithfully and frankly into how he interprets and understands the world around him. When a neighbours dog is found dead, Christopher's world is flipped upside down - and he begins a huge journey. Very well written and very poignant (especially Christopher's relationship with his absent mother) this is a book for anyone - kids, teens, adults alike.
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