Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nightime by Mark Haddon

mercredi 27 juin 2007
par  Joe F
popularité : 3%

Narrated by Christopher Boone, a fifteen year old with Asperger’s Syndrome, this unique and unprecedented novel takes Christopher, and the reader with him on a fantastic adventure, following him as his world is turned upside down and inside out.

Christopher Boone knows all the countries of the world and their capital cities and every prime number up to 7,057. He is very gifted in maths, but cannot understand the lack of logic that directs everyone else’s lives, finds "chat" pointless, and finds it extremely difficult to understand other people. "I do not always do what I’m told," he admits. "And this is because when people tell you what to do it is usually confusing and does not make sense. For example, people often say ’Be quiet’ but they don’t tell you how long to be quiet for..."

Christopher’s logically ordered and structured world however is upset, when he finds that Wellington, the neighbour’s dog, has been murdered in the night, impaled by a garden fork. His love of animals sparks an enquiry into the death, as he questions suspects and searches for the killer. These enquiries eventually lead to the discovery of dark secrets, hidden from him by his father, and as he loses all trust in the only person who ever understood him, runs away from home.

Mark Haddon brings us down the carefully maintained roads as well as the dirt tracks of Christopher’s mind, through the eyes of a fifteen year old like no other, misunderstood by everyone, lifting us with the hilarities of the boy’s life, as well as dragging us to our knees in the moving, tear-provoking drama of the crisis in his life that Christopher himself does not understand. Do not be deceived by the simple language of this book, as it is exactly this that creates the thought-provoking emotion which marks the book.

"The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nightime" gives us unique insight into the thoughts and feelings of a fifteen year old with Asperger’s Syndrome, in an fresh, entertaining and poignant epic.

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