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Christopher is 15 and lives in Swindon with his father. He has Asperger's Syndrome, a form of autism. He is obsessed with maths, science and Sherlock Holmes but finds it hard to understand other people. When he discovers a dead dog on a neighbour's lawn he decides to solve the mystery and write a detective thriller about it. As in all good detective stories, however, the more he unearths, the deeper the mystery gets - for both Christopher and the rest of his family.
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Mark Haddon's bitterly funny debut novel, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, is a murder mystery of sorts--one told by an autistic version of Adrian Mole. Fifteen-year-old Christopher John Francis Boone is mathematically gifted and socially hopeless, raised in a working-class home by parents who can barely cope with their child's quirks. He takes everything that he sees (or is told) at face value, and is unable to sort out the strange behavior of his elders and peers.
Late one night, Christopher comes across his neighbor's poodle, Wellington, impaled on a garden fork. Wellington's owner finds him cradling her dead dog in his arms, and has him arrested. After spending a night in jail, Christopher resolves--against the objection of his father and neighbors--to discover just who has murdered Wellington. He is encouraged by Siobhan, a social worker at his school, to write a book about his investigations, and the result--quirkily illustrated, with each chapter given its own prime number--is The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time.
Haddon's novel is a startling performance. This is the sort of book that could turn condescending, or exploitative, or overly sentimental, or grossly tasteless very easily, but Haddon navigates those dangers with a sureness of touch that is extremely rare among first-time novelists. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time is original, clever, and genuinely moving: this one is a must-read. --Jack Illingworth, Amazon.caFrom the Back Cover:
"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.”
-Ian McEwan, author of ATONEMENT and AMSTERDAM
"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 wonπt want to lend yours out."
--Arthur Golden, author of MEMOIRS OF A GEISHA
“The Curious Incident brims with imagination, empathy, and vision -- plus it's a lot of fun to read.”
-Myla Goldberg, author of BEE SEASON
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Book Description David Fickling Books, 2003. Hardcover. Condition: New. Brand New!. Seller Inventory # VIB0385605870
Book Description David Fickling Books, 2003. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M0385605870
Book Description 2003. Hardcover. Condition: New. Dust Jacket Condition: New. 1st Edition. British hardcover, HANDSIGNED by MARK HADDON on the full title page. No inscription and not a bookplate signature. A U.K. 1st Edition/1st Printing with appropriate number line descending through 1. NEW/NEW condition, a pristine UNREAD copy, square and tight spine with clean unblemished white pages, suitable for collectors. No bumped corners; flawless dust jacket is Brodart protected. Truly unique novel of Christopher, a fifteen-year-old boy with an autistic spectrum condition, who investigates the murder of a dog with dramatic consequences. Winner of the 2003 Whitbread Book of the Year and the 2004 Commonwealth Writers' Prize for Best First Book. Marketed by the publisher to both adult and child audiences, this copy is the children's edition: same text, different DJ cover art. From my personal library—you'll not find a nicer copy. 272pp. Signed by Author(s). Seller Inventory # ABE-7284665126
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Book Description David Fickling Books, London, United Kingdom, 2003. Hardcover. Condition: New. Dust Jacket Condition: New. 1st Edition. First UK edition, first printing (first impression). A true first with the numberline beginning with "1" to the copyright page to indicate a true first print. Signed and Dated by Mark Haddon to the title page. This is the so called children's issue, published simultaneously with the Jonathan Cape 'adult version' A collectors copy.[ 8th June 2012, Mark Haddon]. Signed by Author(s). Seller Inventory # 004978
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