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New Meetup: Mark Haddon's "The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time"

From: Emlyn C.
Sent on: Monday, May 10, 2010 11:02 AM
Announcing a new Meetup for Ann Arbor Classics Book Group!

What: Mark Haddon's "The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time"

When: Wednesday, June 30,[masked]:30 PM

Dues: $1.00 per person

Where:
Borders Books
612 E Liberty St
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
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In my ongoing efforts to select brief yet meaningful novels for our weeknight selections, I've decided to assign "The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time" by Mark Haddon. This novel is quick and easy, I believe I read it in a single afternoon a couple of years ago. Many of our members have expressed interest in featuring this selection, which is told from the perspective of an autistic boy who is out to solve a puzzling mystery. If you are a geek (like me), this book will get you really excited about mathematical equations!

The Amazon.com review:
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.

Learn more here:
http://www.meetup.com/Ann-Arbor-Classics-Book-Group/calendar/13437026/

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