July 23rd, 2004

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Book: The curious incident of the dog in the night-time

Author: Mark Haddon

Details: (c) Mark Haddon 2003; Pub Vintage 2004; ISBN 0-099-45025-9

Verdict: The curious incident of the dog in the night-time is readable and original.

Reasons for reading it: I've heard lots and lots of good things about The curious incident, from the media, from friends, from people who work with autistic kids. So I've been meaning to read it for a while. I also gave a copy to Thuggish Poet for his birthday, so I wanted to check if I'd made the right choice. Finally, I'm in the middle of A suitable boy right now, and while I'm enjoying that, I needed to take a break and read something else, something that's a fast read and is plot driven, and this fit the bill exactly.

How it came into my hands: I was suckered in by a special offer of last year's bestsellers for £4 in Tesco. This rather spoilt the average of 20p per book I'd been managing this week, but hey; I can afford to buy cut-price new books occasionally.

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So all in all tCIotDitNT is both fun and thought-provoking.

Addendum 8.8.04: I have now found hmw26's post where she talks knowledgeably about the book and about autism / autistic spectrum conditions in general.
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