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Thursday, March 08, 2018

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time (2003) by Mark Haddon


Book Review
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time (2003)
by Mark Haddon

  The description of "international best-seller" dominates the 1001 Books selections between 2000 and 2006.  Whether this reflects a particular strength of that form of novel just before publication OR whether it reflects a lack of familiarity with lesser known titles published more recently OR both, it is a prominent feature.

  The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time is sold as a mystery story with an autistic narrator, and that is accurate.  Christopher Boone is the narrator, a so-called "savant" with behavioral problems and very solid math skills.  He's in a "special" school, but is planning to take his "A" levels, in Math, a prerequisite for university admission in England, where The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time is set.

  The "curious incident" of the title is the murder of his neighbor's dog, setting Christopher off into a voyage of self-discovery.  Haddon handles the issues of raising an autistic child with real compassion and depth of insight.   Autism places severe stress on the relationships of parents, separation and divorce are common, even often.  I'm pretty sure that even today you can buy a paperback copy of this book in any English language airport in the western world.   When is the movie version coming out?  I guess, the play- which ran in the recent past, would be a precursor to a film, which would be a version of the play rather than a version of the book.

   

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