'The dog was lying on the grass in the middle of the lawn in front of Mrs Shears' house. It looked as if it was running on its side, the way dogs run when they think they are chasing a cat in a dream. 361.0000000000 min.PRIZES:Winner of Booktrust Teenage Prize 2003Short-listed for Whi... tbread Prize (Novel) 2003Short-listed for Guardian Children's Fiction Prize 2003
'The dog was lying on the grass in the middle of the lawn in front of Mrs Shears' house. It looked as if it was running on its side, the way dogs run when they think they are chasing a cat in a dream. But the dog was not running or asleep. The dog was dead. There was a garden fork sticking out of the dog.'The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time is a murder mystery novel like no other. The detective, and narrator, is Christopher Boone. Christopher is fifteen and has Asperger's, a form of autism. He knows a very great deal about maths and very little about human beings. He loves lists, patterns and the truth. He hates the colours yellow and brown and being touched. He has never gone further than the end of the road on his own, but when he finds a neighbour's dog murdered he sets out on a terrifying journey which will turn his whole world upside down. Christopher is a brilliant creation, and Mark Haddon's depiction of his world is deeply moving, very funny and utterly convincing. The novel is being published simultaneously for adults by Jonathan Cape and for children by David Fickling, publisher of Philip Pullman. We are convinced that both audiences will recognise it as one of those very rare books that change the way you see everything.
"Fantastisk bog. En rigtig page-turner. Den er simpelthen umulig at lægge fra sig, når man først er kommet i gang. Man bliver draget ind af Christophers beskrivelser af hvordan verden ser ud. "
""I think prime numbers are like life. They are very logical but you could never work out the rules, even if you spent all your time thinking about them." Denne bog følger 15-årige Christopher, der har Aspergers syndrom, og derfor går på en skole for børn med særlige behov. Vi følger Christopher på hans rejse for at opklare mysteriet om en nabos myrdede hund, hvilket fører til flere ting, der ændrer Christophers syn på andre mennesker og dem tættest på ham. Denne bog er helt unik på alle måder, og den har helt klart en særlig plads i mit hjerte. "Sometimes we get sad about things and we don't like to tell other people that we are sad about them. We like to keep it a secret. Or sometimes, we are sad but we really don't know why we are sad, so we say we aren't sad but we really are." Denne bog fik mig til at smile, le og fælde en tåre eller to, og den indeholder også nogle af de bedste citater, jeg nogensinde har læst. Og derudover er der mange interessante emner og facts med, som fx primtal, røde biler, en kæledyrs rotte, matematik, natur og ikke mindst Guds eksistens. "I think people believe in heaven because they don't like the idea of dying, because they want to carry on living and they don't like the idea that other people will move into their house and put their things into the rubbish." "
"Denne bog er den slags bøger, der bare ændre dig. Sproget er fantastisk-realistisk og fanger dig fra første side. Forfatteren forstår virkelig at komme ind i hovedet på hovedpersonen og du vil bare have mere. Uheldigvis for mig, er der ikke flere bøger om kære Christopher. Fem stjerner uden tvivl."
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