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 throughly enjoyed Christopher's many explanations and his different perspective. Those insights were worth the read by themselves. I also empathized when Christopher became overwhelmed or confused. However, I felt that the portrayal of Christopher as having no feelings at all for others was inaccurate and unfair to people with autism. Not being able to express or adequately process feelings is not the same as not having them. I also didn't understand the point of having him a carry a knife everywhere. Overall, the book had some very good moments but lacked heart. I enjoyed Graeme Simsion's The Rosie Project much more.
Psychology and Biology nerd. Chemistry enthusiast. Fan of good research-based science books, comedies and crime.
Others had recommended this to me, but I was still surprised by how brilliant this was. Just outstanding. The writer gets the "voice" (and the narrator, the voice) right every time.
An enjoyable listen....narrator was spot on for me, and i have listened to a lot of "brit lit." Story could have been a little shorter....thus the 4 stars.
The narrator was excellent you really felt like he was the boy in the story . The Story was simple but intriguing from the beginning until the last sentence. This book gave you a real insight into the life of a person who suffers from Asperger's syndrome and for those who suffer with them. it takes a tremendous amount of patience courage and love to get through this type of a life challenge. I felt such empathy for all the characters in this book and I admired each and every one of them. this is a great listen I highly encourage everyone to get this book and it had a lot of very cute humorous moments throughout the book as well just a delightful book.
If you've known anyone on the autism scale this book explains many things.
It lets you inside the mind of someone with Asbergers or autism .
It's funny and poignant and heart wrenching and it helps us all to understand and hopefully be a little kinder and more generous of spirit.
I found myself really emotionally connected to the narrator, who painstakingly explains what it is like to live with autism. As a parent and a teacher, I also felt so much compassion for his parents and their daily challenges, creative work arounds, and loving devotion to their son (especially the patient dad). The author alternates chapters for a while between the story that is unfolding and the life lessons or personal struggles the character faces each day (not liking anything brown or yellow, having a hard time reading people's facial expressions, his dislike of jokes and idioms because they don't make sense to him, etc). The story itself does end up coming full circle, but it's more the "process" than the "product" in this mystery. It's very much a diary of a confusing time in the boy's life and how he manages to navigate through the world to prove he can do anything.
I bought this over 4 years ago and never listened to it. I finally decided to and am blown away! I have the urge to buy this book and give it to people as presents. Even my 9 year old son got sucked in to it as I was listening to it driving him to and from school (he usually has head phones on so I was surprised to look in the rear view mirror and see him intently listening one day). The character of Christopher Boone is lovable and absolutely frustrating- all at once! Really an outstanding book and narrator!
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