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The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

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'Haddon's portrayal of an emotionally dissociated mind is a superb achievement. He is a wise and bleakly funny writer with rare gifts of empathy.'

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. Alth
Paperback, Vintage Contemporaries, 226 pages
Published May 18th 2004 by Vintage Contemporaries (first published July 31st 2003)
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Wulandaria 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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Nov 09, 2008 rated it liked it
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
Aug 29, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: anyone who has a soul
Shelves: readit
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May 22, 2008 rated it did not like it
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
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.
Mar 18, 2007 rated it it was amazing
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.
Melissa ♥ Dog Lover ♥ Martin
I'm not sure what I was expecting but it wasn't this book. I couldn't decide to give 3 or 4 stars so I'm going with 3 because I liked it and 3 is my mid point 😊

I loved the lay-out of the book and the little pictures. I must admit the maths went right over my head!!!

I love that Christopher went on a hunt for the evil killer. I wanted that killer to be forked too!!!

Overall, it's a good quick read. I finished before bed last night.

Happy Reading!

Mel ❤
Dec 04, 2008 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 rated it did not like it

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
Jan 05, 2009 rated it it was amazing
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
Jun 10, 2008 rated it really liked it
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
Jen Terpstra
Apr 20, 2007 rated it did not like it
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
Shawn Sorensen
May 21, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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
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
Will M.
Jun 21, 2014 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

helen the bookowl
Nov 14, 2014 rated it really liked it
This was a truly amazing story told from the point of view of Christopher, an autist boy. Right from the beginning, you are being thrown into this mystery story - which is not really a mystery story but a story about Christopher's life and struggles. This book comes with surprises and I loved that. I think I should've seen them coming but I didn't.
Christopher kind of reminded me of Don from "The Rosie Project" by Graeme Simsion. So if you've read and liked that book, there's a chance you will l
David Schaafsma
Re-read for my Fall 2017 YAL class.

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 for me in ways it might not for others. As with many mysteries, it features some misdirection; it appears to be about a kid with Asperger's Syndrome 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 wide
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
Ahmad Sharabiani
19. The curious Incident of the dog in the Night-Time, Mark Haddon
The novel is narrated in the first-person perspective by Christopher John Francis Boone, a 15-year-old boy who describes himself as "a mathematician with some behavioural difficulties" living in Swindon, Wiltshire. Although Christopher's condition is not stated, the book's blurb refers to Asperger syndrome, high-functioning autism, or savant syndrome. In July 2009, Haddon wrote on his blog that "Curious Incident is not a book abou
Update: my review may not be interesting, but this one definitely is, so please read it if you read the book or plan to read the book. The author created a negative stereotype of Asperger's and autism and offended the Asperger's community. He's not an expert, has no experience with these disorders and did no research (Mark Haddon's blog). I think this is really important to know when you read the book.

This was a curious book indeed. It was so curious , that after reading one third, I wondered i
Jul 07, 2007 rated it it was amazing
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
Feb 04, 2016 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
May 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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 :(
Nov 20, 2008 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?
Jun 04, 2015 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
Jan 20, 2015 rated it really liked it
I'm at a loss to explain why this novel is so special, but special it is. Haddon operates on the Poe principle - not including any wasted words, making every character come to life with a minimum of description and fewer lines of dialogue. I fell in love with the narrator, but I am not certain why - except perhaps that he's transparently innocent and confident in his constellation of quirks, preferences and behaviors that many would characterize as off-putting and/or anti-social. It is difficult ...more
Feb 02, 2008 rated it really liked it
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
May 21, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2017
What a massive undertaking it must have been to tackle this subject, especially with writing from the pov of a teenager with asperger's. And yet he made it look so easy.

The writing was smooth, and what was especially enjoyable was being able to simultaneously see things from his perspective while still being able to understand with great clarity what was actually happening, based on the dialogue from the adults.

Overall it was a good read, despite the fact that I was hoping for the ending to be
Matthew Quann
Sep 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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
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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” 1475 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.” 906 likes
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