The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time
5 journalers for this copy...
This book was bought in Leakey's secondhand bookstore
in Inverness, Scotland. Lovely place! Lovely cafe' upstairs!
The title The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time (or the curious incident of the dog in the night-time as it appears within the book) is an appropriate one for Mark Haddon's ingenious novel both because of its reference to that most obsessive and fact-obsessed of detectives, Sherlock Holmes, and because its lower-case letters indicate something important about its narrator.
Christopher is an intelligent youth who lives in the functional hinterland of autism--every day is an investigation for him because of all the aspects of human life that he does not quite get. When the dog next door is killed with a garden fork, Christopher becomes quietly persistent in his desire to find out what has happened and tugs away at the world around him until a lot of secrets unravel messily.
Haddon makes an intelligent stab at how it feels to, for example, not know how to read the faces of the people around you, to be perpetually spooked by certain colours and certain levels of noise, to hate being touched to the point of violent reaction. Life is difficult for the difficult and prickly Christopher in ways that he only partly understands; this avoids most of the obvious pitfalls of novels about disability because it demands that we respect--perhaps admire--him rather than pity him. --Roz Kaveney
Oops, silly me, I hadn't remembered to journal this one when I got it! Thanks a lot for great HGG present!
I just finished this book and I loved it! The best book I have read for a while. Wow. Christopher's point of view was very interesting and this both funny and sad tale had a lot more to it than "murder mystery". I guess that although I liked this one very much, it has to keep moving to the next readers :)
I got the book with today's mail, what a surprise! Thank you so much Polenka, this really brightened up my day :)
Journal Entry 4
Vantaa, Uusimaa / Nyland Finland on Sunday, July 01, 2018
This was a lovely read. I don't know why the book has been in my shelf for so long, I should have read this a long ago.
But, just lovely and nice. And made my mild Asperger symptoms stronger for a while :D
Journal Entry 5
Ateneum (Kansallisgalleria) in Helsinki, Uusimaa / Nyland Finland on Monday, July 09, 2018
Released 7 mos ago (7/10/2018 UTC) at Ateneum (Kansallisgalleria) in Helsinki, Uusimaa / Nyland Finland
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At the cafe.
Journal Entry 6
Porvoo, Uusimaa / Nyland Finland on Friday, July 13, 2018
Grabbed this at the meetup in Ateneum :)
Journal Entry 7
Porvoo, Uusimaa / Nyland Finland on Saturday, July 21, 2018
Indeed this was different from basically every other book I've read :) I had to google the author to check if he had Asperger's or knew one with it closely - apparently not, which is suprising. Christopher looks the world differently which is interesting (and even educational). Yet there were suprises for the reader. The parents were doing their best even it's a difficult situation - and making mistakes, which is humane. It would've been less good of a book if the parents were "perfect". Thus, I liked all the layers in this book. Didn't understand the math bits though, but that's not suprising as maths has never been my strong point ;p
Journal Entry 8
Kauppakeskus Dixi in Vantaa, Uusimaa / Nyland Finland on Tuesday, August 28, 2018
Released 5 mos ago (8/29/2018 UTC) at Kauppakeskus Dixi in Vantaa, Uusimaa / Nyland Finland
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Taking this to the BC-meetup in Dixi's Picnic. If no-one takes it I'll leave it in the mall.
Journal Entry 9
Porvoo, Uusimaa / Nyland Finland on Monday, September 03, 2018
Not in the mall but in my mailbox! Unfortunately I've another piece of this book in my TBR-shelf but I'll try to find a new reader for this one.
Journal Entry 10
Scandic Plaza in Turku, Varsinais-Suomi / Egentliga Finland Finland on Saturday, October 06, 2018
Released 4 mos ago (10/6/2018 UTC) at Scandic Plaza in Turku, Varsinais-Suomi / Egentliga Finland Finland
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This book is in Turku again! On the 2nd floor.