Decoding the strange world

MARK Haddon’s 2003 novel for young adults became a huge hit very quickly, not least because The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time is so unusual.

It is a piece of fiction that works as a great genre story and a disability awareness text. In fact it crosses several genres, being a bildungsroman that tells a classic story of teenage trauma and growth, as well as a detective novel elaborately decoding its central murder motif and plot. But what is most innovative about the novel is its narrative perspective and all that it offers _ the voice and direct experience of a young person with a complex disability.

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