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)
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.
One of the best things I've ever read - the main character is everything Holden Caulfield should have been and more. The writing is spectacular and the narrator delivers a stellar performance. 5.5 stars!
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.
Report Inappropriate Content