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Texts and Human Experiences: Module B - Close Study of Literature - The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time

Year 12 English

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Jennifer Byrne, Marieke Hardy, Jason Steger & guests discuss Mark Haddons classic 2003 novel, "The curious Incident of the dog in the night-time. Itl is a murder mystery novel like no other. The detective, and narrator, is Christopher Boone. Christopher is fifteen. He knows a very great deal about maths and very little about human beings. He loves lists, patterns and the truth. He hates the colours yellow and brown and being touched. He has never gone further than the end of the road on his own, but when he finds a neighbour's dog murdered he sets out on a terrifying journey which will turn his whole world upside down.

Director Marianne Elliott and playwright Simon Stephens discuss adapting Mark Haddon's best-selling novel "The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time" to create a powerful stage production that The New York Times calls "one of the most fully immersive works ever to wallop Broadway." They are joined by Broadway newcomer Alex Sharp, who plays the lead role of a 15-year-old, special needs child," giving an unforgettable performance that requires him to be on stage virtually every moment of this compelling play.

"'The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time' is not a novel about disability, but a novel about difference", Mark Haddon.


Welcome to the LitCharts study guide on Mark Haddon's The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time. Created by the original team behind SparkNotes, LitCharts are the world's best literature guides.

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The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time is narrated in the first person from the perspective of Christopher John Frances Boone, an adolescent suffering from some form of autism, most likely Asperger's syndrome.


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