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)
A must have for struggling high school readers; this would make a great summer reading book! It is very well done, easy to understand.
Absolutely loved it. The narrator does a fantastic job, really makes the book. I was sad to see it end, kinda hoping for a sequel.
A compelling and original story. I hated to have it end.
I had heard a good bit of hype about this book and was pleasantly surprised that it lived up to the acclaim.
This book has as much profanity as, well, reservoir dogs. Still, it has been a while since I enjoyed an English novel, in spite of its simplicity. Whether this is an accurate portrayal of ALL autistic kids or not can be debated. What it is true is that Mark Haddon created a good character who happens to be autistic.
I found this book interesting ... yet disturbing. Having known a child with this disorder, I find that this was pretty true to life, however I don't think everyone will understand or enjoy this book. Written very well, I am not sorry I "read" it, and will most likely always remember it. I would not recommend it to most people, however don't let that stop you. You might really enjoy it.
I truly enjoyed this book...not necessarily what what happening but the character and thought processes of the narrator. If you've ever known a child with Asperger Syndrome, this narrator fits the description perfectly.
I did not enjoy this book. I have to believe it may be easier to read than listen to. It is the first audiobook that I absolutely could not finish. It is torturous listening to the character go on and on about things. I know a child with Asperger's and he is a joy to listen to. This was not.
My sister-in-law and many friend's children have been diagnosed with Aspergers or other "autistic spectrum" disorders. I knew, intellectually, that they saw the world differently, but this novel beautifully illustrates that difference.
Solid performance, wonderful writing, I recommend this to anyone who wish to see the world from a new point of view.
Such a great book! Everyone is so believable, and so flawed, yet so sympathetic. The author is terrific at bringing the reader inside the head of someone who experiences his world so differently from the rest of us.
This book is interesting and the narrator is fantastic. I laughed out loud throughout the recording. Mind you there are serious parts as well. A good book and a great reader.
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