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Thursday, May 29, 2008

46. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon


Title: The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
Author: Mark Haddon
Copyright: 2003
Pages: 221
Format: Paperback
Rating: 5/5 stars
Finished: 5-28-08

Be careful! The emotional impact of this story sneaks up on you. Told from the point of view of 15-year-old, autistic Christopher Boone, Mark Haddon's The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time leads you to believe that it is going to be a mystery when Christopher decides to investigate the murder of his neighbor's dog, Wellington, who he finds with a pitchfork through his side. What happens beyond this plot is an amazing study into the needs and struggles of those who suffer from "special needs" and their families.

I want to say that I was pleasantly surprised by this book, but the surprise wasn't necessarily pleasant. Haddon has created an amazing book that has an unbelievable emotional pull that will leave you both shocked and sympathetic for the characters. It is a fast read, but superbly crafted.


Cindy B said...

That one was one of my 888 reads this year. I enjoyed it, but I'm not sure I would rate it super high.

Anonymous said...

I really loved this book, but I think his second (longer and very different) 'A Spot of Bother' is even better. If Ray's (my favourite character) can be mail-ordered, I want one for Christmas, please.

tapestry100 said...

I've got A Spot of Bother at home in the TBR sooner than later pile. I've heard a lot of good things about it. I may be moving it to the top of the pile now.

Anonymous said...

I didn’t find the post for the reading challenge, so I’ll post here. (Hope that is okay.)

Welcome to the 100+ Reading Challenge! :-D I have posted your link on the right sidebar of the blog. Another thing I am doing something, at least I think it is. I'd like to start posting the participating members favorite book for each month on the blog. Jan - May are already up. I've got your faves for J - Mar. If you send me your April and May favorite and author, I’ll post those too.

You are also welcome to chat with us on the Yahoo Groups. The link can be found at

Best of luck and above all, have fun!

Elizabeth said...

I remember thinking about this one for quite a while after reading it - one of those books that stuck with me for a while.

In other news, Congrats! You have been tagged for the 6 Things meme. My apologies if you have already participated - I might be the last person in the world to do this one. All the info is on my blog if you'd like to play along! =)

tapestry100 said...

Thanks for the reminder j. kaye. I didn't forget, I've been house-sitting for a friend who took her laptop with her, so I've got limited computer access right now. I'll try to get caught up on everything by the end of the week!