The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

@dawnald (84199)
Shingle Springs, California
January 24, 2009 1:50am CST
This book was recommended to me by a friend. It's about a 15 year old boy who has autism. He loves dogs and one day, when he goes over to visit his neighbor's dog, he finds out that somebody has killed it. So he sets out to solve the mystery of who kills the dog and ends up learning about other things. It was written by Mark Haddon who worked with autistic children and it gives you quite an insight into what the mind of a person with autism might look like. I really recommend this book. Has anybody else heard of it or read it?
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@cndn420 (2062)
• Canada
24 Jan 09
hi dawnald, i have and have read that book. it was a very good book and very well written. like you, i definitely recommend it to people for reading as well
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@dawnald (84199)
• Shingle Springs, California
24 Jan 09
@Humbug25 (12551)
24 Jan 09
Hi there dawny I know very little about autistic kids even though we have one living next door to us. He seems to get angry and swear a lot at his parents and is on medication. He is about 11 or 12 now but in the summer he likes to come over and play with my 3, 5 and 8 year old boys. On other ocassion though he will ignore us if he passes us in the street even though I say hello to him. I think I would like to read this book so that I can a bit more of an understanding of him.
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@dawnald (84199)
• Shingle Springs, California
24 Jan 09
It might help and even if it doesn't, it's a great read!
24 Jan 09
Yes I've read it, though it was a while back now so I can only just remember it. Iknow I enjoyed it a lot. In fact, it's handy that you've mentioned it as it will remind me to try to find a copy to read again and to keep. When it first came out here in England (are you in England?), it got rave reviews and it seemed like everyone was reading it. I remember that it was very interesting to get an idea of how autistic people see the world. It's one of the best things about reading; that you can expand your knowledge and understanding whilst at the same time enjoying yourself and relaxing.
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@dawnald (84199)
• Shingle Springs, California
24 Jan 09
I'm in the US but the friend who recommended it is in England.
@riyasam (16567)
• India
24 Jan 09
i love to read books,just finished reading a book A THOUSAND SPLENDID SUNS by khalid hossein.the book you recommended sounds good,i will definetly keep a lookout for it.
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• United States
24 Jan 09
Khalid Hossein is a good author. I have read A Thousand Splendid Suns by him and also the Kite Runner. Both are good stories and I loved reading them. I was into them at every second of my day. I would recommend it to all you guys too.
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@dawnald (84199)
• Shingle Springs, California
24 Jan 09
I'll look into it, thanks!
@terri0824 (4991)
• United States
28 Jan 09
No, I hadn't heard of this book. But it sounds like a very interesting book to read. I work for a mental health facility and we deal with some autistic children and therefore would find this book very interesting. I will have to remember it and refer it to some of the therapist I work with as well.
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@dawnald (84199)
• Shingle Springs, California
28 Jan 09
Very interesting and a good read...
@hildas (3031)
25 Jan 09
No I have never read that book, but I will look out for it. I watched the Movie "A beautiful Mind" a few days ago and It really gives you the whole feeling of what it is like to live with Schizoprenia. The way they did it was really researched and potrait well. I like things like this, as it makes others aware of illness that they know nothing about. It would be good made into a Movie this story "The Dog in the Night" as well. It would show a lot of people about autism. I will look out for the book anyway, as I love reading things like this.
@dawnald (84199)
• Shingle Springs, California
25 Jan 09
Yes it would make a good movie if they didn't botch it a la Hollywood...
• South Africa
25 Jan 09
I have read the book. I have enjoyed it and I would recommend it. Having said that, to be really technical, the main character in the book has Asperger's Syndrome, which is really a high functioning variant of autism. Nowadays, autism is seen as a continuim, of which both Aspergers and Classic autism forms part. A main difference that distinguishes Aspergers is the ability of the person with Asperger's Syndrome to aquire language skills, and use those to learn to overcome the difficulties in social development. Another highly recommended book on the subject is 'The Speed of Dark' by Elizabeth Moon, in which a group of autistic people in a protected employment project are offered the option to become 'normal', i.e. neurotypical people.
@dawnald (84199)
• Shingle Springs, California
25 Jan 09
I've read a few things by Elizabeth Moon, will look into it. Thanks for the recommendation!
• Ireland
25 Jan 09
yes. i loved this book. we used it as a novel in my english class. would defenetly recommend it to anyone. and actualy, mark haddon, the author, has autism. he doesn't just work with autistic children. read read read!!
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@dawnald (84199)
• Shingle Springs, California
25 Jan 09
Does he? That would explain a lot...
@ZephyrSun (7382)
• United States
25 Jan 09
I haven't heard of it but, it sounds really good. I have a son with autism and it really sounds like something that he would do. Thanks for the tip.
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@dawnald (84199)
• Shingle Springs, California
25 Jan 09
You're welcome. Hope you enjoy it!
@abbey19 (3129)
• Gold Coast, Australia
24 Jan 09
It sounds like a good book Dawn, and one that we should all read perhaps, to get a better insight into children who have autism. Understanding gives us the knowledge to be able to help these children more. I know it can be hard work looking after an autistic child, so with this understanding, we can also help the parents too, and be a good support for them. I'd love to read it - who is the author?
@dawnald (84199)
• Shingle Springs, California
24 Jan 09
The author's name is Mark Haddon.
@checapricorn (16049)
• United States
24 Jan 09
[i]Hi dawn,, wow..sounds interesting! I haven't read that book yet but I will love to find that, hopefully, I can find that in the library! Thanks for the info![/i]
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@dawnald (84199)
• Shingle Springs, California
24 Jan 09
I hope so too!