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)
Accurate (as far as high functioning autism is concerned), interesting and eccentric
The way Christopher sees the world around him and explains it. I have high functioning autism and I could relate to so much of what he said.
When Ed gives Christopher the puppy. Ed was so wrong in all of this but you somewhat see why he did what he did (not that most people would do that but you kind of see it in the book) and you see how he knows that he has a lot of work to do to rebuild his relationship which has been forever altered.
If you are interested in autism and in particular, about what it is like to have high functioning autism, this book is one you should read. I thought the author was autistic but learned he was a teacher of autistic pupils at one point. Still, his ability to explain why Christopher does and thinks and feels the way he does is outstanding!
I'm not sure I would have enjoyed this book as much if I were reading it. I thought the narrator was outstanding. The story was engaging and interesting, containing the right amount of realistic drama, and I enjoyed having a sense of what it is like to be in the mind of someone who is highly sensitive (other than my own). I felt it was a bit tedious at times, but that exemplifies the main character.
I loved getting the insight into the mind of someone who obviously processes the world differently
This is the same question as above
For the most part.
I was confused at the beginning but that was because I had no idea what it was about. The further I read the more I wanted to listen.
Don't be weirded out about the chapters! I thought it was broken at first, but they're suppose to skip.
I've with people on the autism spectrum/Asperger's and this was such an accurate snapshot of how they relate to the world.
There was really nothing about this book that attracted me except the sale price. So - I bought it, put it aside for later, and started to listen to it when my internet cable was down (out of shear boredom ). What a wonderful surprise! I found everything about this book, the story, the main protagonist, the reader, and the pace and sound of the language to be beyond my wildest expectation. Please get this book. Just sit back and listen and just say ahhhhh.
“Don't cry because it's over, smile because it happened.” ― Dr. Seuss
It was well read!
Still Alice because of the story is about someone dealing with a condition out of their control and how it affects their family.
Jeff is very lively.
Christopher - I just love the way he thinks and how he is able to do things despite his challenges.
A beautifully weird book; beautiful nonetheless. I loved it!! Loved how the author narrated the entire book in Christopher's point of view and in his words. Mark Haddon kept the reader (in this case, me!) interested from start to end. The story was very touching and had many tender moments. Although Christopher warned us that his book was not going to be funny, it was at times (which made it fun to read). How he views the world might seem extreme, but totally normal for someone with autism. I loved all the little facts and the mathematical equations. It was a fun and quick read and recommend it to all. This is a little jewel of a book!
Well, I wouldn't put it in the top 10, but in my "listen on road trips with kids" category, this book was a major winner.
No doubt Christopher. He IS the book.
When Christopher reunites with his dad after visiting his mom.
Why would I? It was a perfect title to the book.
My Asperger son used this book as an assignment in one of his AP classes. He was to make a travel pamphlet about a book he'd read. He used this book and Cricklewood (where Christopher's mom lived). We had a lot of fun putting the pamphlet together, which expounded upon all the interesting sites, shops, and restaurants in Cricklewood, London.
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