One night, he observes that the neighbor's dog has been killed, since it is not moving and has a large garden fork stuck in its body. Christopher knows this is wrong. He has never left his street on his own before, but now he'll have to in order to find out who killed the dog. What he discovers will shake the very foundation of his perfectly ordered life.
Critically acclaimed author Mark Haddon, a two-time BAFTA winner, crafts a stunning masterpiece that is funny, honest, and incredibly moving.
©2003 Mark Haddon; (P)2003 Recorded Books, LLC
"The novel brims with touching, ironic humor. The result is an eye-opening work in a unique and compelling literary voice." (Publishers Weekly)
"Fresh and inventive." (Booklist)
"Smart, honest and wrenching....Will quickly hook you in." (San Francisco Chronicle)
"Gloriously eccentric and wonderfully intelligent." (The Boston Globe)
This is the kind of styles I like: good pace, cerebral, well-documented, meaty, mind-bending.
Christopher is an autistic savant, a 15-year old who can do advanced maths, remember in extreme detail and pay attention to detail. He does not like being touched, yellow, lies and metaphors. Christopher's life, narrated in the first person, is the subject of this book and, for the reader, an opportunity to perceive things around through a different mind. The curious story of the dog, or so it is stated in the title, is little more than an excuse to push Christopher away from his daily routine.
I wish I liked the book, it is fresh and read with great skill, yet, it becomes quickly apparent that the author is overwhelmed by the difficulties of the subject. There are two risks when writing a first-person about autism. The first risk is to take the matter too seriously, and write it in a way that takes into autistic solipsism, the kind that has completely shut down the outside world. The second risk is to take the matter too lightly, and write a first-person narrative that does not ring true and is only the mediation of Christopher's feelings by a non-autistic narrator.
For some reason, the book manages to have these two shortcomings. Certainly, Christopher's world does not shut down, and there is an extraordinary world of perceptions around him. However, any other characters beyond himself is reduced to caricature. I wished that the author had used objective events to give flesh to more than one person. As to the second risk, Christopher's actions ring true but what he writes and how he communicates in the first person does not. The first-person narrator is not Christopher but a third person who is explaining what Christopher thinks and how other people around him feel. It makes the entire reading very odd and uneasy. The treatment of the subject pales in comparison to a classic like Flowers for Algernon, to give just one example.
But it is a challenging subject and, as such, I do recommend to anyone who is willing to try something unique.
I would recommend this story, particularly to anyone is who is familiar with, or has in their family, someone with Ausberger's syndrome. I appreciated that no character, including Christopher, was romanticized. The author showed you their dilemma from all angles, including the parents who were struggling to balance their lives. I wanted to dislike Christopher's parents, but could not get past my sympathies for both. They so desparately needed the help of a professional.
Christopher. Although he would not welcome it, you just wanted to hug him as he struggled with situations that he knew quite well were beyond him.
I have not, but enjoyed his performance very much
A Book and a Cat: Nothing more
Mark Haddon creates a magnificent novel employing the voice of a teenaged boy who has Asperger's Syndrome. One is carried through the plot through the stilted and quirky thoughts of one who does not think in the same ways as other people do. Skillful narration completes the package. Credit worthy, unless you like shoot-em-ups!
Christopher, because I loved his descriptions of things, people, events, happenings in his life.
Too many to list.
I really enjoyed the story but I don't think it is a book you listen to again.
I would compare it to Middlesex, my favorite Audible book so far. It shows a life totally foreign to my own.
Christopher Boone. He is not only the main character, he is in every scene.
Close, but not one sitting.
I like it. It made me appreciate what it would be like to have a brain disorder.
I liked that the story was told from the point of view of Christopher. I feel this will give people some insight as to how someone with autism or aspergers views and experiences the world.
I would recommend this audiobook. The writing is fresh and the narration is practically perfect. This is one of my favorite books.
The odd but wonderfully sensitive and amusing perspective of the story.
He brings the main character to life.
High on my recommendation list from today onward. It seemed a bit slow-going & a tad confusing for the first minute or two, but I was quickly drawn in to listen whenever I had a few minutes to spare.
Written from the point-of-view of a 15-year-old boy with Aspergers, this is unlike any book I remember reading.
Jeff Woodman is spot-on with tone & inflection for all of the characters. I'll definitely look for more of his performances.
With Aspergers in our family, I found this book both emotionally moving & soberly realistic. Relating to people with Aspergers has to be on their terms. The greatest frustration is thinking you need to "change" or "fix" the person's perceptions (or that you CAN change them). The book deals with the tensions of parental love & understandable frustration in a sensitive way.
Yes. I am sure there are subtleties I missed the first time.
"Flowers for Algernon". The protagonist in both books are both mentally impaired and the author is sympathetic.
Mark Haddon appears to have observed people with this mental affliction and the people who care for them deeply and in depth and has brought his understanding to his readers. I liked the dog, too, although he had only a small part.
I really wanted to like this book, but I couldn't listen for very long. The vulgar language was too offensive. I would not recommend this book for that reason. I listened beyond the initial foul language hoping that was it, but it wasn't. If I had known about the foul language, I would have avoided the book. I wasted my money.
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