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  1. 14 May '12 20:12
    I was recommended to read a novel written by Mark Haddon - the book has won prestigious prizes a. o. The Whitbread Book of the Year Award.
    The title is "The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time" and the presentation reads: "It is a murder mystery novel like no other". The narrator is Christopher Boone - a 15 year old boy who has Asperger's Syndrome. I love the book, I love the boy and I think you will too. It was published in 2003.
    "Outstanding... A stunningly good read" - Independant
    "Exceptional by any standards" - Sunday Telegraph
  2. 16 May '12 00:11 / 1 edit
    Originally posted by lolof
    I was recommended to read a novel written by Mark Haddon - the book has won prestigious prizes a. o. The Whitbread Book of the Year Award.
    The title is "The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time" and the presentation reads: "It is a murder mystery novel like no other". The narrator is Christopher Boone - a 15 year old boy who has Asperger's Syndrome. stunningly good read" - Independant
    "Exceptional by any standards" - Sunday Telegraph
    That's a damn good read.
    I remember being handed that book one evening and the next thing I know it was two o'clock in the morning and I'd read the whole thing in one sitting.

    His next novel A Spot of Bother was also very good.

    He's got a keen eye for getting inside the head of "dysfunctional" people. We're all dysfunctional in one way or another so it's easy to empathise with the characters but his writing does not alienate "functional" people either.
  3. 16 May '12 06:36
    Originally posted by orangutan
    That's a damn good read.
    I remember being handed that book one evening and the next thing I know it was two o'clock in the morning and I'd read the whole thing in one sitting.

    His next novel A Spot of Bother was also very good.

    He's got a keen eye for getting inside the head of "dysfunctional" people. We're all dysfunctional in one way or another so ...[text shortened]... hise with the characters but his writing does not alienate "functional" people either.
    I agree, he has made these personalities totally believable and without being too emotional about it - you just love the boy and his parents who really do their utmost to make things work. I will read the other book too - A Spot of Bother - thanks a lot.
  4. 14 Jun '12 20:02
    Originally posted by orangutan
    That's a damn good read.
    I remember being handed that book one evening and the next thing I know it was two o'clock in the morning and I'd read the whole thing in one sitting.

    His next novel A Spot of Bother was also very good.

    He's got a keen eye for getting inside the head of "dysfunctional" people. We're all dysfunctional in one way or another so ...[text shortened]... hise with the characters but his writing does not alienate "functional" people either.
    Thanks for mentioning A Spot of Bother - it was a good book too, although not quite the same reading sensation as Christopher Boone. As you say, we are all a bit dysfunctional in different ways and it's good to read about situations and circumstances ordinary people sometimes end up in. I liked it.
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    16 Jun '12 02:00
    Originally posted by lolof
    I recommend this book
    What A Carve Up by Jonathan Coe.
  6. 06 Jul '12 06:54
    If you like Frederick Forsyth, I think you will enjoy "Avenger" published 2003 - a political thriller and a very entertaining book.