The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
Christopher John Francis Boone knows all the countries of the world and their capitals and every prime number up to 7,057. He relates well to animals but has no understanding of human emotions. He cannot stand to be touched. Although gifted with a superbly logical brain, Christopher is autistic. Everyday interactions and admonishments have little meaning for him. Routine,...more
Popular Answered Questions
It's in chapter 109 on page 75.(less)
I’d seen this book prominently featured at many shops (mayhap Oprah was currently endorsing it as worthy fare ...more
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 ...more
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.
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
* 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 ...more
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 ...more
Heartwarming, eh. Sure. Cerebral? You bet. For the "Literary Snob"? ABSOFREAKINGLUTELY. (Because most of those people LOVE "The Catcher in the Rye"...one 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 ...more
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Elementary, my dear Watson!
والذي يحقق بطريقته الخاصة في مقتل كلب جارهم
تيمنا بهولمز بطله الخارق وعشقه الأكبر
والرواية تسرد على لسان الفتى
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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
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 ...more
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 ...more
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.
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 ...more
Due to bad sales he won't be translated into Serbian, most probably :(
آره. شاید همهی اوتیسمیا اینقدر دوستداشتنی نباشن. اما همین که آدم باور میکنه کریس ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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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 ...more