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The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
Christopher John Francis Boone knows all the countries of the world and their capitals and every prime number up to 7,057. He relates well to animals but has no understanding of human emotions. He cannot stand to be touched. And he detests the color yellow.
This improbable story of Christopher’s quest to investigate the suspicious death of a neighborhood dog makes for one of the most captivating, unusual, and widely heralded novels in recent years.
“A detective story with a difference…[Haddon] has given his unlikely hero a convincing voice- and the detective novel an interesting twist.”
“Brilliant…delightful…very moving, very plausible- and very funny.”
—Oliver Sacks, best-selling author, professor of neurology
“Haddon’s gentle humor reminds us that facts don’t add up to a life, that we understand ourselves only through metaphor.”
“A murder mystery, a road atlas, a postmodern canvas of modern sensory overload, a coming-of-age journal and lastly a really affecting look at the grainy inconsistency of parental and romantic love and its failures…In this striking first novel, Mark Haddon is both clever and observant, and the effect is vastly affecting.”
—The Washington Post Book World
“This is an amazing novel. An amazing book.”
—The Dallas Morning News
About the Author
Mark Haddon is the author of the international best seller The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, which won the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for First Fiction and the Whitbread Book of the Year Award, The New York Times bestseller A Spot of Bother, and The Red House. In addition to The Talking Horse and the Sad Girl and the Village Under the Sea, a collection of poetry, Haddon has written and illustrated numerous award-winning children’s books and television screenplays.