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On "A curious incident of the dog in the nighttime"

Discussion in 'General Autism Discussion' started by Lycoris, Nov 17, 2020.

  1. Lycoris

    Lycoris Soft colors smell quiet.

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    What do you think of the book A Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime? Recently, one of my friends is writing an essay about this book, and I am very curious about how the book is perceived in this community.
     
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  2. Rectify

    Rectify Well-Known Member V.I.P Member

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    For others who might be interested the blurb reads: A bestselling modern classic—both poignant and funny—about a boy with autism who sets out to solve the murder of a neighbor's dog and discovers unexpected truths about himself and the world.

    @Lycoris I can't really answer your question as I haven't read it but I might put it on my (very long) I-want-to-read-this list.
     
  3. tree

    tree Blue/Green Staff Member V.I.P Member

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    I enjoyed it, have read it several times, and twice read it aloud to others.

    It's important to remember that the book is fiction.

    "In July 2009, Haddon wrote on his blog that 'Curious Incident is not a book about Asperger's... if anything it's a novel about difference, about being an outsider, about seeing the world in a surprising and revealing way. The book is not specifically about any specific disorder,' and that he, Haddon, is not an expert on autism spectrum disorder or Asperger syndrome."
    The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time - Wikipedia
     
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  4. HidinginPlainSight

    HidinginPlainSight Well-Known Member

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    I found parts of it to be engaging, others to be a bit of a caricature. I thought the Monty Hall problem was well placed as it is a rather simple problem that, for whatever reason, many people can't get; even when it's explained in detail. My mother, who is a physicist, had trouble with the logic of it. Perhaps I'm wrong, but I think it would be pretty simple for most autistic people. So I liked that aspect.

    I was told much of it, the way he acts, is there for comedy but I didn't find much all that funny about it.

    It is better than most media dealing with autistic people.
     
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    Thinx Well-Known Member V.I.P Member

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    It's been out a good while, I read it some years ago and enjoyed it, and I also saw a dramatisation of it. No one's typical of autism as it's so varied, but he was an interesting and believable character I thought.
     
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    Fino Alex V.I.P Member

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    I remember enjoying it.
     
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