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The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time

Posted by maribel on 11/11/2010

“Outside of a dog, a book is a man’s best friend: and inside of a dog, it’s too dark to read” said Groucho Marx .

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time is a novel written by Mark Haddon which won the 2003 Whitbread Book of the Year . Its title is a quotation of a remark made by the fictional detective Sherlock Holmes in a short story by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.
This bitterly funny debut novel is a murder mystery of sorts -one told by an autistic version of Adrian Mole. Fifteen-year-old Christopher John Francis Boone is mathematically gifted and socially hopeless, raised in a working-class home by parents who can barely cope with their child’s quirks. He takes everything that he sees (or is told) at face value, and is unable to sort out the strange behavior of his elders and peers.

Late one night, Christopher comes across his neighbour’s poodle, Wellington, impaled on a garden fork. Wellington’s owner finds him cradling her dead dog in his arms, and has him arrested. After spending a night in jail, Christopher resolves -against the objection of his father and neighbours- to discover just who has murdered Wellington. He is encouraged by Siobhan, a social worker at his school, to write a book about his investigations, and the result- quirkily illustrated, with each chapter given its own prime number- is The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time.

Groucho also said: “I find television very educating. Every time somebody turns on the set, I go into the other room and read a book.”

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