Tuesday, March 15, 2011

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night -Time

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night -Time
Mark Haddon's bitterly funny debut novel, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, is a murder mystery of sorts--one told by an autistic version of Adrian Mole. Fifteen-year-old Christopher John Francis Boone is mathematically gifted and socially hopeless, raised in a working-class home by parents who can barely cope with their child's quirks. He takes everything that he sees (or is told) at face value, and is unable to sort out the strange behavior of his elders and peers.

Late one night, Christopher comes across his neighbor's poodle, Wellington, impaled on a garden fork. Wellington's owner finds him cradling her dead dog in his arms, and has him arrested. After spending a night in jail, Christopher resolves--against the objection of his father and neighbors--to discover just who has murdered Wellington. He is encouraged by Siobhan, a social worker at his school, to write a book about his investigations, and the result--quirkily illustrated, with each chapter given its own prime number--is The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time. Haddon's novel is a startling performance. This is the sort of book that could turn condescending, or exploitative, or overly sentimental, or grossly tasteless very easily, but Haddon navigates those dangers with a sureness of touch that is extremely rare among first-time novelists.

Next Meeting - March 27th  .... Julie Bigelow's
April's meeting will be  May 1st......Elizabeth Raymond

I read this months selection  The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night -Time  on Joyce;s ipad. The book was only 120 pages and I was able to breeze through reading in no time.  It was interesting to see firsthand how I could change the font size, highlight, take notes and hyperlink within the novel. 
Learn more about iBooks – A novel way to buy and read books.  You’ll be even more well read once you get your hands on iBooks. Download the iBooks app from the App Store. Load up on books from the iBookstore. Take them to more places than you’d ever take a regular book. And right when you pull one out on your iPad, you’ll be pulled right in.

Learn more by watching

Join the discussion by clicking on "comments" below then enter your comment.
Note: you can use your google account or Anonymous.

Anyone else using a Kindle or a Nook for reading?
Joyce can you bring the ipad to show everyone on Sunday?

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I will bring the iPad on Sunday. It was easy to read the book with the iPad.