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The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon
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Jul 25, 2009

it was amazing
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Read in December, 2009

The narration in this book was brilliant. It really allowed me to get into the mind of the protagonist... and what a mind that is. The book is told from the perspective of Christopher Boone, a 15 year old boy with Asperger's Syndrome. Having known a person who has Asperger's, I was able to see how well the author portrays the mindset and 'quirk's' of someone with this complex condition. Christopher, whilst out for a walk in the middle of the night, discovers that his neighbour's dog has been murdered with a pitch-fork. The story follows him as he attempts to find out whodunnit.

The story made me laugh and feel sad in equal amounts. I can't say too much, as it would give the story away, but at parts I really felt for him and wanted him to be able to connect to other characters in the way that a child without Asperger's can. In other parts, I was really rooting for him and actually cheered at one point (making myself look like a fool in the process).

Anyway, I found that this was a superbly written book and Haddon's characterisation was fantastic. I could have easily read many more pages. Some of the phrases used were a little annoying at times, however given that this is told in Christopher's words, I realise these phrases were integral to the story. Also, being fairly mathmatically-minded, I really enjoyed the maths side of the book too. Straight into my ever-expanding list of favourites.
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12/26/2009 page 45
12/28/2009 page 133
48.9% "I'm enjoying this... it's different to anything I've read before" 2 comments
12/29/2009 page 242
88.97% "Almost finished... yet I don't want it to end."
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Lisa Vegan Oh, I loved this too!

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