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The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night Time

3.82 of 5 stars 3.82  ·  rating details  ·  655,048 ratings  ·  26,405 reviews
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. And he detests the color yellow.

Although gifted with a superbly logical brain, fifteen-year-old Christopher is autistic and everyday interactions and
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Hardcover, 272 pages
Published May 2003 by Random House (first published 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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Sean
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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Chris
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
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karen
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.
Brad
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
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oriana
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.
Laurel
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
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Cecily
Overview
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
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Amanda
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
Joe

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
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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
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jo
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
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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"...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
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Beth
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
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TK421
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
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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
Anthony
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
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Sarah
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
Kay
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
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Trevor
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
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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
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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 :(
Thomas
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
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lkt
From my Amazon.com 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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Hana Tandjung
Sep 22, 2007 Hana Tandjung rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
Yup, it's still about Asperger Syndrome. The title of the novel is quite unique; “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time”. The author, Mark Haddon, has succesfully created a story about a boy named Christopher in this case, an asperger-boy.

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
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Eric
Jan 03, 2009 Eric rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Bethany, Lucy, Lizzie Simon, Alexandra Mair, Josh
Recommended to Eric by: Marcy Williams
Shelves: modern-fiction
This is an absolutely incredible book. I purchased it about a week and a half ago. Once I started reading it, I finished it in five days; that's the shortest amount of time I've ever taken on a book!

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
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Nancy
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.
Priscilla
Actually 3.5/5. Although I did like the effectiveness of the writing style, at the same time it was quite overwhelming. I don't think you can have one without the other, so my feelings are quite mixed.

Initial Thoughts:
1. Really enjoyed the introduction to the book. Quite humourous. Even though our main character states he can't tell jokes, he is unintentionally funny. He says things no one says, the filter is off, and it made me laugh.
2. Christopher is effectively portrayed through the narratio
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maricar
whimsical yet packs a punch...

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
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Lisa Vegan
May 12, 2007 Lisa Vegan rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: if have interest in autism &/or looking for an easy fun novel to read
Recommended to Lisa by: Sfdreams
Shelves: fiction, reviewed, novel
I love books about young people with brain diseases/mental illness/illness/autism; the teenage boy in this book is autistic. This is ostensibly a mystery and I love mysteries also, but there wasn’t really much of a mystery here – the compelling thing to me about this book is the way this young man’s mind works. Many personality traits and behaviors of this character rang so very true, a few somewhat less so. But I really enjoyed his unusual narrative voice. Given the situation of this young man, ...more
Madeline
Very, very good. Imagine Rain Man deciding to solve a mystery, and that sums up a good part of the story. It was an incredible look into autism, and I really enjoyed it. Plus, it's a fairly quick read - I had no trouble finishing it in about 2 days.

A fair warning, though: the main character, Christopher, really likes Sherlock Holmes and at one point in the story talks about The Hound of the Baskervilles. He reveals every single plot point of the story, so if you haven't read it and don't want t
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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” 1285 likes
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