The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time

by Mark Haddon | Literature & Fiction |
ISBN: 0385512104 Global Overview for this book
Registered by wingGoryDetailswing of Nashua, New Hampshire USA on 5/16/2009
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3 journalers for this copy...
Journal Entry 1 by wingGoryDetailswing from Nashua, New Hampshire USA on Saturday, May 16, 2009
I found this good-condition hardcover among the charity-sale books at a local Hannaford's, and couldn't resist picking it up for another release copy.

I adored this book when I first read it (and the audio version, narrated by Jeff Woodman, is also excellent). I had no idea it would go the way it did; I'd only heard about the "boy finds dead dog, tries to solve mystery" aspect, but this story manages to be both realistic and surprising. Seeing the world through Christopher's eyes was fascinating, sometimes pathetic and often scary; and funny, too, as when he discusses metaphors: "I think that it [a metaphor] should be called a lie because a pig is not like a day and people do not have skeletons in their cupboards. And when I try and make a picture of the phrase in my head it just confuses me because imagining an apple in someone's eye doesn't have anything to do with liking someone a lot and it makes you forget what the person was talking about." I note that Terry Pratchett's character, Death, also refers to metaphors as lies, so Christopher is in good company...

Even though the book was in Christopher's words it also conveyed how disturbing he could be to others; much of the pathos of the story came from this, as I empathized with him and with the person who was terrified to encounter him standing in her yard in the dark. And then when - but that would be spoiling it. I was delighted that nobody'd spoiled the story for me so I won't say any more; but this is a very good book indeed.

Released 11 yrs ago (5/19/2009 UTC) at Railroad Square (see release note for details) in Pepperell, Massachusetts USA



I plan to leave this book on one of the benches along the rail-trail as it goes through Railroad Square, at around 4:45 or so. Hope the finder enjoys the book!

Journal Entry 3 by Corvash from Acton, Massachusetts USA on Tuesday, June 09, 2009
I found this book a couple weeks ago when I was riding on a bike trail in Pepperell, MA. It was a nice surprise to find the book on the trail. I got to use the book rack on my bike!

The book was uneven. Some parts had a lot of good description, but other parts were just glossed over. The conclusion felt like it was quickly resolved; same thing with the mystery. The main character was charming and I liked how he had a unique point of view, but the plot itself was kind of lacking in places.

Journal Entry 4 by nillabreen from Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts USA on Wednesday, June 10, 2009
I caught this book at the June 2009 Tuesday night Boston Bookcrossing meetup. It's great that a wild-released book was caught and brought to a meetp by a new member! Welcome to Bookcrossing!

I've heard a lot about this book and I'm looking forward to reading it.

Thank you!

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