Christopher John Francis Boone knows all the countries of the world and their capitals and every prime number up to 7,057. He relates well to animals but has no understanding of human emotions. He cannot stand to be touched. Although gifted with a superbly logical brain, Christopher is autistic. Everyday interactions and admonishments have little meaning for him. Routine, order and predictability shelter him from the messy, wider world. Then, at fifteen, Christopher's carefully constructed world falls apart when he finds his neighbor's dog, Wellington, impaled on a garden fork, and he is initially blamed for the killing.
Christopher decides that he will track down the real killer and turns to his favorite fictional character, the impeccably logical Sherlock Holmes, for inspiration. But the investigation leads him down some unexpected paths and ultimately brings him face to face with the dissolution of his parents' marriage. As he tries to deal with the crisis within his own family, we are drawn into the workings of Christopher's mind.
And herein lies the key to the brilliance of Mark Haddon's choice of narrator: The most wrenching of emotional moments are chronicled by a boy who cannot fathom emotion. The effect is dazzling, making for a novel that is deeply funny, poignant, and fascinating in its portrayal of a person whose curse and blessing is a mind that perceives the world literally."
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Tim"e is one of the freshest debuts in years: a comedy, a heartbreaker, a mystery story, a novel of exceptional literary merit that is great fun to read.
About the Author
Mark Haddon's work as an author includes" A Spot of Bother, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time", "The Real Porky Philips", "Agent Z" and "Titch Johnson" "- Almost World Champion". His work for television includes "Coming Down the Mountain", "Fungus the Bogeyman "and "Microsoap". "Polar Bears" (2010) was Mark Haddon's first work for the theatre. Simon Stephens has been the recipient of both the Pearson Award for Best New Play 2001-2 for his play "Port", and the Olivier Award for Best New Play 2005 for "On the Shore of the Wide World". His recent plays include "Harper Regan" (National Theatre), " Punk Rock" (Lyric Hammersmith/Royal Exchange, Manchester), "Pornography "(Traverse and Birmingham Rep), "Wastwater "(Royal Court and Wiener Festwochen), "The Trial of Ubu "(Hampstead Theatre) and "Three Kingdoms" (Lyric Hammersmith).
"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