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The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night -Time - 25/1/2008 2:15:45 AM   
siegfried


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I bought this book to read on the plane between  London and Hong Kong a few months ago and read it straight through.
It tells the story - in the first person - of Christopher, an autistic 15 year old, who discovers his neighbour's poodle stabbed to death with a garden rake and determines, like his hero Sherlock Holmes, to solve the mystery.
In the hands of a lesser writer than Mark Haddon - hard to believe that this was his first novel - this could have been an epic of shmaltzy, over-the-top bad taste. Instead, it is both funny and ultimately very moving.
Can't see it being a successful film, though.

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RE: The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night -Time - 25/1/2008 3:54:44 PM   
Skiba


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I read this a few years ago and didn't enjoy it that much...despite his illness, I found it very hard to sympathise with the boy but maybe that just shows my total ignorance about autism

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RE: The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night -Time - 27/1/2008 2:03:32 PM   
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I just started this last night and I'm really enjoying it.  Just reached the part where Christopher reads the letters.

I find it pretty amusing, and also quite heart-breaking in many ways.  I suspect it will get even moreso towards the end.  Anyway, I'll give my final thoughts when I'm done (probably tomorrow).

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RE: The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night -Time - 29/1/2008 9:03:25 AM   
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Yeah, I couldn't stop crying towards the end, when he wouldn't even look at his dead after finding the letters. It was a really heartbreaking read, very bittersweet but very sad.

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RE: The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night -Time - 30/1/2008 12:51:21 PM   
Fluke Skywalker


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I've just started reading this as well - only twenty or so pages in but I can't say it's grabbed me so far but it's early days.

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RE: The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night -Time - 30/1/2008 8:11:37 PM   
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One of the best novels of the last 5 years. Hooked right from the start: Chapter 2 !

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RE: The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night -Time - 31/1/2008 12:28:48 PM   
Donnie Murdo


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Finished it the other night.  Pretty good, very gripping, and a great narrative style.  Wished it took longer than two sittings to read though....

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RE: The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night -Time - 2/2/2008 6:36:28 AM   
siegfried


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quote:

ORIGINAL: Fluke Skywalker

I've just started reading this as well - only twenty or so pages in but I can't say it's grabbed me so far but it's early days.


Give it time. I'm sure it will grow on you the further you get into it. I'd really like to know what you think once you've finished it.

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