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Narrated by a fifteen-year-old autistic savant obsessed with
Sherlock Holmes, this dazzling novel weaves together an
old-fashioned mystery, a contemporary coming-of-age story, and a
fascinating excursion into a mind incapable of processing
Christopher John Francis Boone knows all the countries of the world
and their capitals and every prime number up to 7,057. Although
gifted with a superbly logical brain, Christopher is autistic.
Everyday interactions and admonishments have little meaning for
him. At fifteen, Christopher's carefully constructed world falls
apart when he finds his neighbour's dog Wellington impaled on a
garden fork, and he is initially blamed for the killing.
Christopher decides that he will track down the real killer, and
turns to his favourite fictional character, the impeccably logical
Sherlock Holmes, for inspiration. But the investigation leads him
down some unexpected paths and ultimately brings him face to face
with the dissolution of his parents' marriage. As Christopher tries
to deal with the crisis within his own family, the narrative draws
readers into the workings of Christopher's mind.
And herein lies the key to the brilliance of Mark Haddon's choice
of narrator: The most wrenching of emotional moments are chronicled
by a boy who cannot fathom emotions. The effect is dazzling, making
for one of the freshest debut in years: a comedy, a tearjerker, a
mystery story, a novel of exceptional literary merit that is great
fun to read.