The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time
2 journalers for this copy...
''Gave me that rare, greedy feeling of: this is so good I want to read it all at once but I mustn't or it will be over too soon' Observer
Fifteen-year-old Christopher has a photographic memory. He understands maths. He understands science. What he can't understand are other human beings. When he finds his neighbour's dog lying dead on the lawn, he decides to track down the killer and write a murder mystery about it. But what other mysteries will he end up uncovering?
Winner of Booktrust Teenage Fiction Award'
This is a paperback copy from Random House, a 'Red Fox Definitions' edition apparently, published in 2004. The book was originally published in 2003.
I got this book at a flea market at Ellingsrud elementary school in Oslo on Saturday, April 21st, 2007.
This is what I wrote about it then:
What a lovely reading experience!! Thank you, totoroandmei and everyone else who has kept this ring moving until it reached Norway. :-) This book is IMO both moving, entertaining and educational. I agree with everyone who has said that the book is hard to put down. Christopher is such a special character, the reader can't help but be drawn into his story. Although I was entertained by the various things that happened I also felt very sad for Christopher, and also for his parents - like someone said, it must be so hard to cope with having an autistic child. (The mother seems to not have made much of an effort to cope, though, while with her family. But personalities are different and not everyone has the same resources of patience or will to patience.) It's so sad to read about Christopher's pain in various situations and knowing that no one can possibly help, he is quite unreachable in many ways. I do get the impression that this is a convincing portrayal of the inner life of an autistic person. As it says in the About the Author section, Haddon has worked with autistic people in the past, and I think that helps the novel enormously. It is a book very well worth reading, deserving of the status of modern classic.
WILD RELEASE NOTES:
This will be sent off today to meexia in Singapore as 'my bit' in today's Gift Day celebration. Website:
And check out the forum thread:
I registered and got a free book, so the least I can do is to pass it forward. :-) meexia doesn't know the book is coming - yay, cliffs wish lists and rabck.com!! :-) - so I hope she'll enjoy it and then find something fun to do with it afterwards. :-)
Happy new year 2008, meexia!!
I’m kinda surprised that it won Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize because in my opinion, it’s nothing close to being kiddie, with the swearing and all (I think they’re good at showing how frustrated the people around him can be). The topic is pretty heavy and even though some people say it’s a funny book, I found it pretty sad.
I like the book. It’s different. I like Christopher and I don’t like him. I could feel his pain and was frustrated about him too. Often, I took pity on him, and it made me think of everybody else in this world who just doesn’t fit into what is considered “normal”.
I laughed seeing his list of Behavioral Problems (that was pointed out by other people, of course) includes Not Smiling. Funny how it’s true. Even a small thing like that.
I love how he uses prime numbers for chapter numbers. That’s the very first thing I noticed when I opened the book. I flipped the book back and forth, confused why it starts from 2, 3, then 5, and so on (It’s explained early on in the book). I remember that in primary school I was also fascinated by prime numbers. Although for me I only memorized prime numbers between 1 to 100.
I lent this book to my Korean friend, and her brother who just started learning English. Hopefully he can understand and enjoy the book :)