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
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.
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
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
I’d seen this book prominently featured at many shops (mayhap Oprah was currently endorsing it as worthy fare...more
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...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
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
"...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...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
* 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
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
The story goes like this: Christopher discovers the dead body of Wellington, his neighbour's pet (which is a poodle), speared by a garden fork. Having been blamed for it, he decides to investigate to clear his name. However, he is severely limited b...more
it may look inconspicuously thin, but the book, i bet, would be something that any lucky reader is sure to want to have for keeps. starts off innocently enough...well, okay, maybe not so innocent since the first scene was the finding of a brutally murdered dog. some may already think that that is all the story is going to be about--the finding of the killer. nothing too deep or exciting. heck...maybe not worth the effort at all (hey, don't pelt me--i own a dog and i...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
That's not to say it's a bad book. It wasn't. I'll be honest, I don't know exactly how I feel about it, but it was not bad....more
The Curious Incident is told from the point of view of Christopher John Francis Boone, an autistic teenager in Wiltshire, England. He has great difficulty relating to most humans, but seems to communicate well with animals. In the book's opening, Christopher decides to investigate the suspicious deat...more
I still love this book. Like, amazingly a lot! But, I'm reading this old post, and this time around, I didn't notice the swearing as much. Wonder what that says about me. :( But still, absolutely awesome book! You...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