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The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time (Hardback, illustrated edition)

By Haddon, Mark

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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, Christop... read full description below.

ISBN 9780385512107
Published 31 July 2003 by Bantam Doubleday Dell Pub
Format Hardback, illustrated edition
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ISBN-13 9780385512107
ISBN-10 0385512104
Stock Available
Status Internationally sourced; ships 6-12 working days
Publisher Bantam Doubleday Dell Pub
Imprint Bantam Doubleday Dell
Publication Date 31 July 2003
Publication Country United States United States
Format Hardback, illustrated edition
Edition illustrated edition
Author(s) By Haddon, Mark
Category Award Winning
Crime & Mystery
Number of Pages 226
Dimensions Width: 140mm
Height: 211mm
Spine: 25mm
Weight 386g
Interest Age 16+ years
Reading Age 16+ years
Library of Congress Autism, Savants (Savant syndrome), Autistic children
NBS Text General & Literary Fiction
ONIX Text General/trade
Dewey Code FIC
Catalogue Code Not specified

Description of this Book

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-Tim e 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.

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Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings

Awards Winner of Costa Book Awards (Novel) 2003 -- Winner of Costa Book Awards (Book of the Year) 2003 -- Winner of L.A. Times Book Prize (First Fiction) 2003 -- Winner of Garden State Teen Book Award (Fiction (Grades 9-12)) 2006 -- Commended for Tayshas Reading 2005
NZ Review Mark Haddon's portrayal of an emotionally dissociated mind is a superb achievement. He is a wise and bleakly funny writer with rare gifts of empathy. <br>-Ian McEwan, author of ATONEMENT and AMSTERDAM <br> I have never read anything quite like Mark Haddon's funny and agonizingly honest book, or encountered a narrator more vivid and memorable. I advise you to buy two copies; you won&#960; t want to lend yours out. <br>--Arthur Golden, author of MEMOIRS OF A GEISHA <br> The Curious Incident brims with imagination, empathy, and vision -- plus it's a lot of fun to read. <br>-Myla Goldberg, author of BEE SEASON

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Author's Bio

MARK HADDON is a writer and illustrator of numerous award-winning children's books and television screenplays. As a young man, Haddon worked with autistic individuals. He teaches creative writing for the Arvon Foundation and at Oxford University. He lives in Oxford, England.

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