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Saturday, November 11, 2006

the curious incident of the dog in the night time

the curious incident of the dog in the night time, by mark haddon

this is a book that has had a lot of rave reviews and won awards. written by mark haddon equally for young adults and adults.

it is a first-person narrative written from the perspective of a 15 year old autistic english boy who discovers his neighbour's dog dead on the front lawn. in his inimitable style, our hero christopher sets about trying to find out who killed the dog and in the process finds out much more about his life than he bargained for - i won't tell you what in case you read it for yourself.

i think this is a pretty good book. if there is an emerging genre of fiction that is written from the perspective of people who relate to the world differently because of mental disabilities, then i have to say the other book i have recently read in that genre - 'the incredible adam spark' - was better. anyway, there are some brilliant bits in this book, and the way the story unfolds is excellent.

on the headphones: 'the night garden' by waldeck, from the album 'the night garden'.

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