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)
I was so drawn into the young man's world that I could not stop. I stayed awake most of the night listening to the story. And considering that I start work at 6:30am... I just had to know if he would succeed or fail. The obstacles that the author put in his path are realistic and the solutions creative.
Only twice before in my life have I stayed up all night to finish a book. Gone with the Wind when I was a teenager and The Foundation in my late 30's. So this book is in good company. Enders Game might have been added to this list if I had not started it so early in the day. Each book is very different and each brought a special gift to my life.
Actually I felt very happy that his teacher (whose name I forget) was in his life. Sweet gentle encouraging woman.
A heroic story, full of bravery under mind numbing circumstances.
Mother of 3, grandmother of 6, retired nurse and substance abuse counselor. Thrilled to have the time to read or listen to books again.
the author nailed the conditions of this awful illness and its symptoms perfectly. it was like watching "The Rain Man" just with a younger boy. you get to look inside the workings of this child''s mind and see his processes so he can "some what" function in the world all be it with grave misgivings an fear but he did triumph in the quest he put himself on. in reality the patience the parents must develop to raise a child with this illness is incomprehensible so hats off to you if you have a child with this condition.
the narrator should receive some kind of an award for his portrayal of this child.
well done to both the author and the narrator!
Christopher is fabulous, someone I wish I could know in real life because his approach to problem-solving and his determination to succeed are an inspiration.
Jeff Woodman does an exquisite job of bringing these characters to life in all their flawed humanity. The pain and love of the parents, the bewildered but heroic spirit of the protagonist and his cool use of logic and reason in the face of all difficulties, the patient teacher who equips Christopher with his arsenal of strategies and believes in him -- all were recognizable and I saw bits of me in all of them. I felt tremendous sypmathy for all of these characters through their trials and rejoiced at their victories.
I enjoyed listening to this book. It made me understand the rationale for the behavioral characteristics of Asperger's Disease. The book is written very understandably and one can actually empathize with Christopher. I am looking forward to seeing the play which has been running to rave reviews in London.
It is one of the best
His going to London on his own, hiding in the restroom.
Beautifully read and the author really helped me have some awareness of the tremendous difficulties those with autism have, also those close to them.
I am the Director of Learning Centers and an English teacher, a mother of four, a fledgling writer, & an avid reader of almost every genre.
I'm going to keep this short and sweet, and spoiler FREE - I was assigned this as required reading for a graduate course, and fully expected to hate it, as I assumed it would be reminiscent of Salinger's Catcher in the Rye, one of my least favorite books of all time. Instead, I was pleasantly surprised by a well-written, intriguing, engaging, and very REAL story. I work with learning disabled teens and adults on a daily basis, and Christopher is as real as they come. Unlike the unbelievable and awful Holden, Christopher truly comes to life in this story, thanks to both wonderful storytelling and great narration. The characters are fully developed, the writing style is smooth and three-dimensional, and the story is engaging and adept. I highly recommend this book.
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.
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