Review: The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time
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>>>Is anyone looking for a good book to read? Here is a book that was written for native speakers, but is ideal for second language learners. It’s called “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time” and was written by Mark Haddon. The title is a little strange and, let’s be honest, the book is bizarre as well – this unusual quality is what makes it so fascinating.
The book is difficult to categorize. It has elements of comedy, mystery and “coming of age” (growing up) stories. On the first page there is an unconventional murder and from there it just gets more intriguing.
Several factors make this book ideal for ESL. Firstly, it is extremely entertaining and has won many awards – you won’t be able to put it down.
Secondly, it has extremely short chapters – one to five pages a piece – so you can quickly finish a chapter on the subway, on lunch break or before bed.
Thirdly, the narrator is a young boy who is autistic (like Dustin Hoffman in the movie “Rainman”). This fact gives the book an extremely different perspective; it also ensures that the vocabulary and grammar are very basic. But don’t worry the narrator speaks with grammatically correct English and uses normal vocabulary.
The truth is I have never had a student who wasn’t crazy about this book. I read it in my second language and found it ideal for intermediate and above. Advanced students will be less challenged by the grammatical structures and vocabulary, but will still be able to learn from the book. It will re-enforce known material, introduce some new material, and entertain you in the meanwhile.
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