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The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime

By Mark Haddon


Haddon’s acclaimed 2003 novel is narrated through the eyes of a teenager with Asperger Syndrome. Provides wonderfully poignant, at times comic and always strikingly accurate insights into living with Asperger’s within a seemingly abstract and illogical world.

Key Themes:

  • Carer Issues
  • Childhood / Adolescence
  • Developmental / Learning Disorders
  • Revealing Reads

Significant Quotes / Pages

8 – “I rolled back onto the lawn and pressed my forehead to the ground again and made the noise that Father calls groaning.  I make this noise when there is too much information coming into my head from the outside world.  It is like when you are upset and you hold the radio against your ear and you tune it halfway between two stations so that all you get is white noise and then you turn the volume right up so that this is all you can hear and then you know you are safe because you cannot hear anything else.”

Reference: Mark, Haddon. 2003. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime. London: Vintage, 2004


- Charley Baker
Date Review Submitted: Friday 20th March 2009