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The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

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Despite his overwhelming fear of interacting with people, Christopher, a mathematically-gifted, autistic fifteen-year-old boy, decides to investigate the murder of a neighbor's dog and uncovers secret information about his mother.
Hardcover, 226 pages
Published May 18th 2004 by Perfection Learning (first published July 31st 2003)
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Emma R. Yes, but in a rather different way. I am mildly autistic (or so what my parents told me about what the psychologist told them when I was like, two).…moreYes, but in a rather different way. I am mildly autistic (or so what my parents told me about what the psychologist told them when I was like, two). They told me I have a problem with balance sensitivity, which is why I think better when I constantly jump and move, and I relax by shaking and twisting my neck and move my head as much as possible.

They "warned" me that the narrator "have a messed up mind and jumps from one topic to the other all the time it's so confusing", but it felt very natural to me. While it does have stereotypes in it, it's still realistic. I have obsession with random things and I memorize 100+ digits of Pi because it feels beautiful. I had speech delay (I never begged or anything like that because I practically couldn't talk) and some communication problems so my family practically dragged me to writing clubs and such, online and in the real world. It does help with my problems...(less)
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)
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Aug 29, 2007 Sean rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone who has a soul
Shelves: readit
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May 22, 2008 Chris rated it did not like it  ·  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
Nov 09, 2008 Brad rated it liked it  ·  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.
Dec 04, 2008 Laurel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
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 predic
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
Nov 21, 2007 Joe rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition

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
Jun 10, 2008 Amanda rated it really liked it  ·  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
Jan 05, 2009 jo rated it it was amazing  ·  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
May 21, 2011 Shawn Sorensen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
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
Apr 20, 2007 Jen Terpstra rated it did not like it  ·  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.
Jun 21, 2014 Will M. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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

ولفگانگ آمادئوس موتسارت
با آن که در آن زمان هنوز این اختلال شناخته شده نبود، بعضی با مطالعه ی رفتارهای موتسارت، به این نتیجه رسیده اند که او مبتلا به اوتیسم بوده: قوه ی شنوایی حساس، نیاز به حرکت دادن دائمی دست و پا، و در یک مورد، وقتی حوصله اش سر رفته بوده، پریدن و پشتک زدن روی میز و صندلی ها و در آوردن صدای گربه.

آلبرت آینشتاین
عدم قدرت ارتباط با دیگران، حساسیت به لمس شدن توسط دیگران، اخراج از مدرسه به خاطر مشکلات یادگیری، و انتخاب مکان های دور از دیگران برای مطالعات فیزیکی، و صد البته، انتخاب مدل
Cait (Paper Fury)
Despite the title being a regular mouthful (try saying THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME five times fast), this is a seriously good book. It doesn’t tell a story – it brings YOU into the story. That’s what I look for in a book.

Christopher Boone is a mathematical and scientific genius. He also has Asperger’s Syndrome (a form of autism), which can turn complicated mathematics into simple games, but also turn simple things (like colours, or being touched) into complicated horrors. W
Jul 07, 2007 Trevor rated it it was amazing  ·  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
David Schaafsma
One of the best YA books ever, wonderful and surprising on so many levels. Very moving. As a parent of a kid with autism and another kid who is spectrum-y, it hits home in ways it might not for others, but it is a brilliant book that appears to be about a kid investigating a mystery about a dead dog in the manner of his hero (and also Aspergerish) Sherlock Holmes, but becomes an even richer and ever widening investigation of human tragedy and mystery and the complex nature of love and grief. Ver ...more
Feb 04, 2016 ♛Tash rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016-reads
The first 50% percent of this novel was quite compelling, mainly because of the narrator. The narrator is a teenage boy with special needs and there is something so refreshing about his narrative which isn't bogged down by feelings and repetitive internal monologues. It is not mentioned what type of developmental disorder Christopher, our narrator, has but his behavior is indicative of either Autism or Asperger's. Regardless of what he has, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time gives ...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 :(
Feb 02, 2008 Beth rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: whimsical-reads
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
Jun 04, 2015 Amir rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: novel
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
Nov 20, 2008 Manny rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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?
Oct 21, 2009 TK421 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: literary
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
Matthew Quann
Sep 10, 2015 Matthew Quann rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favourites
I must have been recommended this book annually. Considering the rate at which I devour books, it is a shame that I didn't take those recommendations to heart until recently. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time is unlike most books that you'll find at your local shop on the subject of autism. Our story follows the exceptionally unique narrator Christopher Boone as he tries to unravel the mystery of who killed a dog on his street. While the concept sounds like a children's mystery ...more
Brian Yahn
It is the best of detective stories, and it is the worst of detective stories, and sorry for sounding like Charles Dickens, but it's true.

Christopher--the protagonist--has Asperger's, and how can you NOT fall in love with him when he's determined to investigate the murder of his next-door neighbor's dog? You can't. Combine that with all the hilarious investigations that would occur from someone severely lacking social skills and attempting to run an investigation (which Haddon expertly captures
Jonathan Ashleigh
This book was not for me. The main character is just not fun to read about in any way.
Jul 12, 2007 Sarah rated it it was amazing  ·  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
Sidharth Vardhan
Somebody, I can’t recall who, has said that fiction is successful with people in as so far as their ability to show compassion for others – our very ability to step in to others shoes. And, so if the character in question is more like us or is facing problems that we have faced or are facing – it is easier to show compassion, and the artist is more likely to be successful. However, that also means that one is not challenging oneself too much – both as an artist and audience.

Christopher is rende
Richard Derus
Rating: 2* of five

I'm grateful to Mariah for commenting on this vanished review. I had no idea that it was gone.

I will attempt, through the group read, to reconstruct the earlier review.

***UPDATE***17 April 2017

I read this story 14 years ago, and the review I wrote then was testy because I was too often and too deeply reminded of Forrest Gump as I read it. I ***LOATHE*** every single frame of that film, including the titles, the union notices, and the copyright information. It is sappy. It is m
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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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“I think prime numbers are like life. They are very logical but you could never work out the rules, even if you spent all your time thinking about them” 1461 likes
“Prime numbers are what is left when you have taken all the patterns away. I think prime numbers are like life. They are very logical but you could never work out the rules, even if you spent all your time thinking about them.” 894 likes
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