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The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time

3.83 of 5 stars 3.83  ·  rating details  ·  772,215 ratings  ·  29,625 reviews
A murder mystery novel like no other. The detective is Christopher Boone. Christopher is fifteen and has Asperger's Syndrome. He knows a 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 ...more
Paperback, Vintage 21, 272 pages
Published August 4th 2011 by Vintage (first published July 31st 2003)
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Groovykismet I JUST read that passage last night! It is something that Siobhan says to Christopher because she is not sure of how he is really processing this new…moreI JUST read that passage last night! It is something that Siobhan says to Christopher because she is not sure of how he is really processing this new piece of information that he found out about his mother. She mistakenly thinks that he is hiding his true feelings about this news and she is trying to explain how he may be feeling about this new revelation. (She really should listen to him; he's told her countless times that he is incapable of telling a lie.)

It's in chapter 109 on page 75.(less)
linda eastwood of course as a disability worker I know from experience that autism can be an amazing gift....I mean that it's not an easy life but wow some of the…moreof course as a disability worker I know from experience that autism can be an amazing gift....I mean that it's not an easy life but wow some of the best people I have ever met have autism.(less)

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Aug 29, 2007 Sean rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone who has a soul
Shelves: readit
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Jun 22, 2008 Chris rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone looking for a reason to quit reading cold-turkey
Absolute garbage. Easily the worst book I’ve read in 2008, and certainly a contender for Worst Book I’ve Ever Read. This crap won the prestigious Whitbread Book of the Year honors, and while I have absolutely no idea what that entails, I firmly support both the eradication of this farcical award and the crucifixion of anyone on the selection committee that nominated this stinking smegma.

I’d seen this book prominently featured at many shops (mayhap Oprah was currently endorsing it as worthy fare
May 07, 2009 Brad rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Brad by: Marcicle Simkulet
The Prime Reasons Why I Enjoyed Mark Haddon's The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time:

2. Death broken down into its molecular importance.

3. Clouds, with chimneys and aerials impressed upon them, and their potential as alien space crafts.

5. Black Days and Yellow cars.

7. Red food coloring for Indian cuisine.

11. Christopher's reasons for loving The Hound of the Baskervilles and disdaining Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.

13. White lies.

17. The patience of Siobhan

19. Father’s frustration, and Father
pooƃ ʎɹǝʌ ʇou puɐ ʎʞɔıɯɯıƃ ʎɹǝʌ sı ʞooq sıɥʇ

if you want to read an excellent book about autism in a young person, read marcelo in the real world. this book is like hilary swank - you can tell it is trying really hard to win all the awards but it has no heart inside. and yet everyone eats it up. C0ME ON!!

no one likes gimmicks.
This is the most disassociating book I've ever read. Try to read it all in one sitting -- it will totally fuck with your head and make you forget how to be normal.
Here's what I liked about this book:
1. I found Christopher, with all his many quirks, to be sweet and rather endearing
2. I thought it was a creative idea to write a book from the point of view of a boy with Asperger syndrome. This is difficult to pull off, but the author does it well
3. I enjoyed Christopher's musings about life and the way in which he sees it
4. I love making lists

Here's what I didn't like about this book:
1. It wasn't really a mystery, and I found some of it to be a bit predictab
First person tale of Christopher, a fifteen-year-old with Asperger's Syndrome or high-functioning autism, and a talent for maths, who writes a book (this one - sort of - very post modern) about his investigations of the murder of a neighbour's dog. He loves Sherlock Holmes and is amazingly observant of tiny details, but his lack of insight into other people's emotional lives hampers his investigation. Nevertheless, he has to overcome some of his deepest habits and fears, and he also unco

The concept is interesting: narrating the novel through the POV of an autistic boy. The chapters are cleverly numbered by prime numbers, which ties in with the novel. It has interesting illustrations and diagrams to look at. However, I would not recommend this because it disappointed me and I couldn't, in good conscience, tell anyone to read a book I was disappointed in.

I guess my disappointment lies in the fact that not only did my book club tout this as a mystery novel but also many of the li
Sep 05, 2008 Amanda rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Amanda by: Chicks on Lit book club pick for August 2008
Shelves: 2008
Am I autistic? Am I Christopher Boone? What is it about my OCD (self-diagnosed, boo yah!) that separates me from this fifteen-year-old kid? Fate is kind, but there is nothing more disturbing than learning that you possess so many of those qualities that categorize people as "special needs." I mean, shit. Choosing Item A over Item B because you like the color? Yep. Counting incessantly? Yep. Getting lost in London Underground? Yep. Quirky eating habits? Yep. Getting ridiculously sidetracked durin ...more
Apr 10, 2010 jo rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: linda
this book rocked my world, and i've been trying for weeks to understand why. here it is:

* because the plot is flawless

* because the voice is flawless

* because it's amazingly tender without being cute

* because there's a christopher boone in me, and a christopher boone in everyone i love or at least try to get along with

* because the christopher boone in me loves to see itself written about lovingly, like it's the coolest kid, if not on the block (it will never be the coolest kid on the block), at
Shawn Sorensen
I haven’t read a fictional account this heartbreakingly realistic in a long time. Kapitoil was close, but The Curious Incident paints a more complete picture.

The book is from the viewpoint of an teen boy with Asperger's syndrome named Christopher - his mom has recently died and he discovers a dead dog in one of his neighbor’s yards. The short list: he doesn’t read people’s emotions very well (like the android “Data” from Star Trek next Generation, if you will), he hates the colors yellow and br
Jen Terpstra
Feb 10, 2008 Jen Terpstra rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People who annoy me.
Shelves: disliked, random-lit
Ok, I get the concept. A heartwarming story told from the vantage point of an autistic boy.

Heartwarming, eh. Sure. Cerebral? You bet. For the "Literary Snob"? ABSOFREAKINGLUTELY. (Because most of those people LOVE "The Catcher in the Rye" of my most hated books of all time...and this book has been compared to that one. I should have known).

Look. I'm smart, I'm educated. I'm a professional woman who adores literature and loves to read. I bought this book because I was told that it was GREA
Will M.
You can't please everyone, and I guess books can be a good example of that statement. I know a lot of people who liked this book very much, but on the other hand, I also know a few people who would not hesitate to burn this book. I'm on the positive side. I really enjoyed this short novel.

I've said this numerous times in my other reviews that I like character driven novels. This book obviously focused on Christopher's development more than the plot's. The author succeeded, because I've gotten at
A very charming, insightful, engaging book. From the perspective of a 15-year-old boy who has a kind of high-functioning autism (which may not be autism, actually, but Asberger's?).

Some mature themes. Here are some of my favorite quotes:

“For example, this morning for breakfast I had Ready Brek and some hot raspberry milk shake. But if I say that I actually had Shreddies and a mug of tea (footnote: But I wouldn’t have Shreddies and tea because they are both brown.) I start thinking about Coco Po
Huda Yahya

من أرق ما يمكنك قراءته

وهي تحكي عن كريستوفر الفتى المتوحد والعاشق لأفلام شيرلوك هولمز
وعبارته الأشهر
Elementary, my dear Watson!

والذي يحقق بطريقته الخاصة في مقتل كلب جارهم
تيمنا بهولمز بطله الخارق وعشقه الأكبر

والرواية تسرد على لسان الفتى
لتنغمر بكليتك في عالمه الذي صنعه من الحقائق والأرقام
وكيفية رؤيته للبشر من حوله
من منظوره كمتوحد شديد الذكاء

ينسيك كريس نفسك
فتندمج شيئا فشيئا بداخل هذا العالم المميز للغاية
فتضحك معه وتتسلى بطرائفه
وتحب هذا الكون الذي يعيش فيه وحده وتحترمه

وتقع في غرامه في نهاية الأمر

Oof...well, there's not much to say about this one, no great insights, not great storytelling, and a crapload of literary devices that come across as contrived and meager, at best. I liked the idea of this novel: autisitic kid wants to solve the mystery of a murdered dog. To me, that premise was exciting. Then, I read the book. I guess I wasn't unhappy with the book; at the same time, I can't say that I was happy. Perhaps that best way to sum up this antireview is this: THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF T ...more
My older son is autistic spectrum, so this was a must-read. But even if you don't know any autistic people, it's a great novel. The central character is engaging and totally credible. Funny how it's suddenly become cool to be autistic... Lisbeth Salander from Män som hatar kvinnor is the latest and most extreme example. What does that say about our society? Have we been too respectful of people whose main ability is to manipulate the emotions of others, and are we now thinking better of it?
دیدین بعضی وقتا تو موقعیتایی گیر میکنید که مجبور میشید حرف آخر رو همون اول کار بزنید؟ الان تو همون موقعیتم... کتاب تصویرگر یه پسر نوجوون اوتیسمیه که اونقدر شیرین و دوسداشتنی هست که با خودت میگی بری همهی شیش میلیارد کمتر آدمایی که اوتیسمی نیستن رو جمع کنی یه جا. صمیمانه باهاشون بشینی و بگی بچهها بیاید گورمون رو از رو کرهی زمین گم کنیم. بیاین بریم یه جای دیگه تا این آدمهای نازنین کمی از دست ما خلاص بشن و نفس راحتی بکشن

آره. شاید همهی اوتیسمیا اینقدر دوستداشتنی نباشن. اما همین که آدم باور میکنه کریس
Sep 24, 2007 Anthony rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: oliver sacks/sherlock holmes fans
One day in June I was joking with my sister, "I should TOTALLY write a story about an autistic detective! He would go around solving mysteries, but then not telling anyone about it because he doesn't relate well to people!" And then I thought for a second, and said "oh wait, I think there's already a book about this."

As someone who likes neurology case histories and detective fiction, this sounded like the book for me. And it was, kinda. A few months after buying it I started to read it while wa
Jul 19, 2007 Sarah rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People that like a quick easy read, and are interested in learning more about Autism.
I just finished reading this book for the second time. I loved it the first time, and I loved it the second time. I organize a Co-Ed book club in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, and it was recommended to read. We just had our meeting to discuss it, and everyone seemed to enjoy it on some level or another, and no one had anything negative to say about it. I was very surprised to read some of the reviews on this site dissing this book, especially the review where someone mentioned it was for "Literary Sno ...more
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Ketika pertamakali melihatnya di toko buku, saya langsung penasaran dengan judul buku ini—apalagi di cover belakang ada embel-embel novel misteri pembunuhannya. Tapi ada alasan lain mengapa saya merasa buku ini wajib saya baca, ketika googling, tak sengaja saya menemukan daftar buku yang mendapat penghargaan Whitbread Award, dan secara mengejutkan, buku ini masuk dalam daftar juara. Karenanya, ketika menemukannya di toko buku, tanpa berpikir dua kali saya langsung memasukkannya dalam keranjang b ...more
Oct 02, 2011 Kay rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: someone looking for a quick and unique reading experience
Final Rating: 3.5 stars

Do I have a mild case of Asperger's?

Things I do that are like things that Christopher does:

(2) Rely on a pattern of events to determine whether today will be an okay day. Christopher likes to count cars in the morning, I see if I can catch the subway as soon as I get into the station. If I can't, it's definitely not a good start to a potentially perfect day.

(3) Tune people out.

(5) Verbally analyze jokes that I don’t understand to the point that the joke is Just Not Funny
Jul 07, 2007 Trevor rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anybody
Shelves: literature
Another member on Goodreads told me to read this book - I meant to, but didn't until she got annoyed with me for taking so long and sent me a copy. It is a remarkable book - the only thing I can think that is similar to it is perhaps that short story, Flowers for Algernon.

My older sister is intellectually disabled, I grew up a science nerd and my daughter is a Sherlock Holmes nut. While I was reading it the central character seemed a strange fusion of the three of us. This book has so many reso
Sara Alaee
A “lovely” autistic teenage boy(Christopher) with an incredible talent for math and a gifted logical brain which is amazingly observant of every little details around, is our hero in this book. He’s afraid of talking to strangers, being put in unknown situations, being touched and lacks the proper intuition about others that many “normal people” take for granted. He loves timetables, dogs, rats, prime numbers and Sherlock Holmes and he hates metaphors (not similes!), noisy places and yellow and ...more
Tea Jovanović
This one of the editorial acquisitions I'm most proud of... I've bought rights for this novel while it was still in manuscript, before first publication and much before all the awards it received later... Also, I had the pleasure of meeting Mark Haddon twice... His a great author and very nice person and has good memory :) Unfortunately, he didn't sell well in Serbia... I changed him a publisher but with no better results...
Due to bad sales he won't be translated into Serbian, most probably :(
Anthony Chavez
They say never to judge a book by its cover, but with The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, that is exactly what I did. Sorry, folks, but I simply could not resist the orange cover with the cut out image of an upside-down dog. It is unique and begs "read me!"

Reading what people have said about this book paired with what it says on the back of the book makes you think you have a grasp on this puppy but alas, I was wrong. Our protagonist, Christopher John Francis Boone, according to
“Sometimes we get sad about things and we don’t like to tell other people that we are sad about them. We like to keep it a secret. Or sometimes, we are sad but we really don’t know why we are sad, so we say we aren’t sad but we really are.”

The most interesting aspect of this novel is that it is told from the perspective of Christopher, a 15-year-old autistic boy. You will be intrigued by how his life is ruled by logic and order, but saddened by the lack of emotion and human contact he allows
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time revolves around Christopher, an autistic teen who discovers his neighbor's dead dog one night. He is a genius in that he knows all of the prime numbers up to 7,057 and can solve logic puzzles quickly and efficiently; however, he can't stand the colors yellow or brown or the thought of different foods touching on his plate. As Chris investigates the death of the neighborhood dog, he stumbles upon something that may change his life.

I loved how Mark
I really enjoyed this very engaging story told from the perspective of an autistic boy named Christopher. It was sad and hilariously funny too, especially considering that some of the narrator's behavioral problems are also seen in "normal" people. I still get a chuckle when I think about Christopher's reason for disliking corn.

Another good story featuring an autistic narrator is Elizabeth Moon's Speed of Dark.
From my review:

"...I wrote a book and that means I can do anything..."

What a sad, strange book. Christopher's stream-of-consciousness narration was unique to say the least (I liked how he jumped around from topic to topic, because organized writing can become quite a bore). While I don't see this as a study on autism, many autistic characteristics are displayed - most notably, the OCD. Can't have one sort of food touching another sort on his plate, can't eat anything yellow or brown
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Mark Haddon is a British novelist and poet, best known for his 2003 novel The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time. He was educated at Uppingham School and Merton College, Oxford, where he studied English.

In 2003, Haddon won the Whitbread Book of the Year Award and in 2004, the Commonwealth Writers' Prize Overall Best First Book for his novel The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-t
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