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)
Yes. I am sure there are subtleties I missed the first time.
"Flowers for Algernon". The protagonist in both books are both mentally impaired and the author is sympathetic.
Mark Haddon appears to have observed people with this mental affliction and the people who care for them deeply and in depth and has brought his understanding to his readers. I liked the dog, too, although he had only a small part.
I really wanted to like this book, but I couldn't listen for very long. The vulgar language was too offensive. I would not recommend this book for that reason. I listened beyond the initial foul language hoping that was it, but it wasn't. If I had known about the foul language, I would have avoided the book. I wasted my money.
Absolutely. We should never judge another until we walk a mile in their shoes. This story takes you on a walk you will never forget.
I can't . . .funny different perspective somewhat tragic honesttoo many words. Sorry!
The way Christopher thinks.
Christopher's conversations are my favorite parts as he is so literal, and honest.
Christopher and his father are the two that dominate the story, but Christopher's teacher and friendly older neighbor are certainly memorable.
I found this book to be captivating. There isn't any one thing, just all of Christopher's thoughts and how he acknowledges his quirks so matter of factly, and everyone else's too, as just the way things are. I don't really know how to describe it . .fresh, funny,? yes, but tragic and sad . .family relationships and all the 'gray areas' of life . . anyway, worth a read.
That the book was from the character's story.
Christopher's adventures and what he did to overcome all of his fears and upsets. Getting on a train after sitting at the train station counting,thinking about all of his obstacles to overcome just to get to his mother whom he believed dead.
Just that Jeff seemed to be Christopher and understood him.
It is a must read book just because of the story.
This book was unlike any other book I have read. The book cover and title are very misleading. You would guess this to be an old-fashioned British mystery. It was actually very current. It was reminiscent of Room in that a young boy who did not completely understand the "civilized" world told the story throughout the book. I liked the way the narrator had such an unusual, and at times rather crude, way of expressing himself. The puzzle of trying to determine what aspect of daily life the autistic boy was referring to was a challenge at times. This, on top of the mesmerizing storyline and the quirky character of the boy, made for a charming and poignant story. I found myself wishing the story continued a little longer. The ending felt rather abrupt, although all the loose ends were tied up. I did find the audio narrator's voice rather abrasive during some parts of the book, but bearable.
I would like to hear this book again, not for the mystery, but to pick up on parts of the book to hear how autistic author phrases his viewpoint. As a parent to an autistic child, ascertaining different high functioning autistic thought processes helps me to conjur ideas to communicate with my own child.
That it is a story that is told from the view point of a boy with Asperger's
The first thing I didnt like about this book was the chapters were not in order, then that was explained.
I could not get interested in this book. It was all over the place, no clue as to what the plot was. I hate to give up on a book but I just could not listen for more that the first hour.
I really cant rate the narration because I was so distracted by the story.
I cannot think of one redeeming quality of this week.
I cant imagine any type of person that I would recomend this book to.
yes, it is rare that an audio book can give more to audience than reading written form, but this one does. Autism, and British accent help the story when delivered from audio form.
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