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‘The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time’ by Mark Haddon

January 29th, 2015 · 1 Comment · Book Group, Books, City Library, Events, Main Branch

1618The Brown Bag Book Club will be reading “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the night-Time” by Mark Haddon.  Christopher Boone is autistic.  He knows all the countries of the world and their capitals and every prime number up to 7,057. He relates well to animals but has no understanding of human emotions. He cannot stand to be touched. And he detests the color yellow. Although gifted with a superbly logical brain, for fifteen-year-old Christopher everyday interactions and admonishments have little meaning. He lives on patterns, rules, and a diagram kept in his pocket.   Routine order and predictability shelter him from the wider world until his neighbor’s dog is found impaled on a garden fork and Christopher is blamed for the killing.  Christopher sets out to solve the murder in the style of his favorite (logical) detective, Sherlock Holmes. What follows makes for a novel that is deeply funny, poignant, and fascinating in its portrayal of a person whose curse and blessing are a mind that perceives the world entirely literally. Join us at lunchtime on Tuesday, February 3rd, at 12:15 PM as we discuss this intriguing book.  For any questions please contact the Information Department at 624-6550 ext. 320.

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