Mark Haddon: The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time (2309 words)

  • Garan Holcombe (Independent Scholar - Europe)
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The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time, a memorable title which Mark Haddon took from a comment made by Sherlock Holmes in Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s story Silver Blaze, represents a unique moment in modern fiction. Haddon’s novel may seem as if it fits neatly alongside those which deal with a child’s perspective on the darkest aspects of human behaviour, such as What Maisie Knew, Flowers for Algernon and To Kill A Mockingbird, but it is, above all, something entirely new. Haddon’s triumph is to have given us as unusual, convincing and strikingly alive a narrator as any in English literature. Christopher Boone is, in some ways, reminiscent of Sue Townsend’s Adrian Mole (they share a l…



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Holcombe, Garan. "The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 15 September 2006
[https://www.litencyc.com/php/sworks.php?rec=true&UID=16877, accessed 18 December 2017.]


Related Groups

  1. Crime, Detective, Spy/ Thriller Fiction
  2. Young Adult Literature

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