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.
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time is one of the freshest debuts in years: a comedy, a heartbreaker, a mystery story, a novel of exceptional literary merit that is great fun to read.
Apart from being an excellent storey, terrific reading who anyone who is or knows someone who is aspergers or on the autisitic spectrum
I loved this book, it is true that writing is not the easiest, but enriches the vocabulary and at the same time makes you think, many times the books are read in a superficial way and doing so it is obvious that you will not understand anything.
This book deals with profound and meaningful issues.
I do not understand people who advise against it because of the presence of bad words, nowadays the bad words are used frequently and you are shocked if they are present in a book? Even those make us understand how our society is today.
I am against bad words because I do not find the need to use them, but also to advise against a book for this? If they were not used so often I could understand it but it is not so unfortunately. I highly recommend this book especially to the generations who now believe they have already understood their whole life when they were born from 2 days to moments.
Molto bello . Consigliato a tutti. È ben scritto, scorrevole e nonostante lo si legga d'un fiato il tema sul quale si basa la vicenda è ben diverso dall'essere "leggero" .Il protagonista con la sua sindrome di Asperger e i suoi genitori che vivono per lui.... Il tutto sullo sfondo di un giallo da risolvere....Attraverso le parole si ritrovano grandi insegnamenti , a volte anche sotto forma di metafore, ma soprattutto si percepisce l'importanza nella vita del pensiero positivo....Continua
I'd say a masterpiece. The book not only reveals a deep knowledge of autism, but it most of all manages to make it clear to everybody, leading us into the boy's head, making us think as he does, showing us his universe of rationality and anaffectiveness as simple and self evident.
It should be compulsory for teachers and parents. They'd have great fun, and thank.