Does anyone have a good book review for 'The Curious Incident' by Mark Haddon ?

For my English, we've all got to do a book review on the class reader, 'The Curious Incident of the dog in the night-time' By Mark Haddon. But it has to be under 2 minutes as were saying it in front of the class! Any help is fine...


This is for my english..we have to do a 2minute book review on this book.I have read it but im just not sure the type of thing to put in it..Any help is fine...

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago
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    Christopher discovers the dead body of Wellington, his neighbour's dog, speared by a garden fork. Mrs Shears, Wellington's owner, calls the police. The police try to grab Christopher; they caution him after he hits one of the officers. He decides to investigate to clear his name. However, he is severely limited by his fears and difficulties when interpreting the world around him. Throughout his adventures, Christopher records his experiences in a book, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time. During his investigation, Christopher meets people whom he has never before encountered, even though they live on the same street.

    Ed, his father, discovers the book and confiscates it from Christopher, after a brief fight between them. In his search for the hidden book, Christopher uncovers a trove of letters to himself from his mother, dated after she allegedly died — which his father had also concealed. Christopher had been told by Ed that she died of a heart attack, Christopher assumes that it is an aneurysm, but judging from the letters, Christopher concludes that she is still alive and that his father has lied to him. He is so thoroughly shocked by this fact that he is unable to move, curls up on the bed, vomits, and groans for several hours until his father returns home.

    Ed realises that Christopher has read the letters and cleans him up. He then confesses that he had indeed lied about Judy's death and also that it was him who killed Wellington, stating that it was a mistake resulting from his anger after a heated argument with Mrs Shears.

    Christopher, having lost all trust in his father and fearing that he may also try to kill him since he had already killed Wellington, decides to escape from home and live with his mother. Guided by his mother's address from the letters, he embarks on an adventurous trip to London, where his mother lives with Mr Shears.

    After a long and confusing journey, evading policemen who have been dispatched to find him (after Ed called the police about his disappearance), and feeling ill because of the overwhelming information from the crowds and the signs in the trains, he finally finds his way to his mother and Mr Shears' home, and waits outside until they arrive.

    His mother, Judy, is happy at his arrival and tries to keep him with her; she cannot believe that Ed would tell Christopher that she was dead. His mother decides to let Christopher stay with her and Mr Shears in their small London apartment. Mr Shears doesn't want Christopher living with them and never did. Moreover, very soon after arriving, Christopher wants to return to Swindon in order to take his mathematics A-level. His mother eventually leaves Mr Shears, their relationship having apparently broken down because of the conflict over Christopher.

    She then moves into a rented room in Swindon and, after an argument with Ed, agrees to let Ed meet with Christopher daily for a short while. However, at this stage, Christopher remains terrified of his father; he hopes Ed will be imprisoned for killing Wellington. The story ends with Ed getting Christopher a pet dog, because Toby, Christopher's pet rat, had died, and promising that he will rebuild trust with Christopher slowly, "no matter how long it takes", in his daily, brief sessions. Christopher asserts that he will take further A-level exams and attend university. He completes his first mathematics A-level with top grades and — despite previously wanting to be an astronaut — his ultimate goal is to become a scientist.

    The book closes with Christopher optimistic about his future — since he successfully solved the incident of the murdered dog, went to London on his own, found his mother, and got an A in his A-level maths exam.

  • 1 decade ago

    well pretty much the book is about a kid with autism that does math allll the time. it drove me insane. i actually wrote a paper on it. He had good days when he saw cars of a certain color and bad days when he saw cars of another color. The kid christopher can't stand being touched. Christopher finds his neighbors dog impaled on a garden fork and goes on a search to find out who killed the dog. that;'s kind of all i can remember but this site is really good;;

    best of luck

    Source(s): English =/
  • 1 decade ago

    I heard it's some wacked out book about a child with autism and there is abunch of slaughtering and killing. It was rated a top reader book in our class. Maybe you should read it.

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