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The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time

Haddon, Mark (Book - 2003)
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time
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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, order and predictability shelter him from the messy, wider world. Then, at fifteen, Christopher's carefully constructed world falls apart when he finds his neighbor's dog, Wellington, impaled on a garden fork, and he is initially blamed for the killing. Christopher decides that he will track down the real killer and turns to his favorite fictional character, the impeccably logical Sherlock Holmes, for inspiration. But the investigation leads him down some unexpected paths and ultimately brings him face to face with the dissolution of his parents' marriage. As he tries to deal with the crisis within his own family, we are drawn into the workings of Christopher's mind. And herein lies the key to the brilliance of Mark Haddon's choice of narrator: The most wrenching of emotional moments are chronicled by a boy who cannot fathom emotion. The effect is dazzling, making for a novel that is deeply funny, poignant, and fascinating in its portrayal of a person whose curse and blessing is a mind that perceives the world literally . The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Tim e is one of the freshest debuts in years: a comedy, a heartbreaker, a mystery story, a novel of exceptional literary merit that is great fun to read.
Authors: Haddon, Mark
Title: The curious incident of the dog in the night-time
Publisher: New York : Doubleday, 2003
Edition: 1st ed
Characteristics: 226 p. : ill., maps ; 22 cm
Notes: 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
ISBN: 0385512104
0385509456
Branch Call Number: FICTION Had
Statement of Responsibility: Mark Haddon
Subject Headings: England Fiction Savants (Savant syndrome) Fiction Autism Fiction
Topical Term: Savants (Savant syndrome)
Autism
LCCN: 2002031355
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WOw, this is one of the best books I have ever read.

Apr 21, 2014
  • jasontrent rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Haddon has gone out of his way to say that Christopher is not autisitc and that he simply has a made-up disorder that is very much like autism.
This gives him lisence to have Christopher function the way he needs the character to function in the story and to allow us to relate to and empathize with the character.
I enjoyed the book up until the train-ride and things drag a bit. And the resoloution is no great shakes, but it's a quick and harmless read. Can't help but think this book was an influence on the autisitcly portrayed BBC Sherlock Holmes...

With depiction of autism in this book - compare with London Eye Mystery and even description of Sherlock Holmes. There is definitely an element of autism spectrum in a lot of mysteries.

Jan 10, 2014
  • fandesoleil rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Great job with a limited point-of-view narrator. Inventive and feels true to life, from my experience with an autistic boy. The pace dragged midway, but it picked up in the last third. Worth a read.

Jan 07, 2014
  • molmil8 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

I read this book after seeing so many people reading it on the bus many years ago. I really enjoyed it because it was so different than what I usually read. Very entertaining and also helps to give those with no personal experience with autism a little perspective. I would also recommend the film TEMPLE GRANDIN (also available at OPL), it is an inspiring true story.

Jan 05, 2014
  • ehm_chen rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

The author does a good job relating how Christopher's mind works, though I would imagine it's quite a simplified depiction. I certainly found myself getting frustrated throughout, so could relate to how much of a challenge the parents and support group would have in their day-to-day interactions with Christopher. Yes, there were certainly some humorous parts. I cry at just about anything, but didn't shed any tears here. Overall, I would say it was a quick, light, intriguing read with a unique perspective. Not sure I would have chosen "dazzling" to describe it (as in the description above). Would probably only recommend the book if someone were looking for insights about how autistic people think. But a generally interesting read.

Sep 27, 2013
  • JimmyGman rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

Interesting concept - telling the story through an autistic boy in Britain. Fast read, but no real depth, for obvious reasons. You can skip this...there are better books out there.

Jun 18, 2013
  • pratima1 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I enjoyed reading this book.It's funny and sad.

Jun 05, 2013
  • madjanexx rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

This is a sad and heartfelt book, i feel as if it could really relate to and help some people understand what it is really like to have a disabilty. I enjoyed this book so much and my Mum can't wait to read it either. I think it is suitable for ages advanced 11 year olds and up

Jun 02, 2013
  • emmajtreat rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

This is definitely my favorite novel dealing with autism. With other books on the topic, the parents of autistic children never break down or lose control. I like this book because it doesn't portray a perfect world with perfect parents; it shows the reality of having a child with autism.

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Aug 23, 2013
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Aug 31, 2013
  • blue_butterfly_2610 rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Christopher John Francis Boone is a strange boy. One who does not like being yelled at or even touch. He knows all the countries in the world and every prime number up to 7,057. He detests the color yellow and brown. In this book Christopher not only solves the mystery of the killing of Wellington he writes a book about it. At the end he finds himself finding his so called dead mother.

Apr 26, 2011
  • SaanichLori rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

A 15 year old autistic boy finds his neighbour's poodle dead with a garden fork through its body. At first he is accused of the murder, but after he is cleared, he decides to find out who the killer is.

Interesting note: the chapters are not sequential number, but rather prime numbers.

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Aug 14, 2013
  • anythingfantasygoes rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Coarse Language: This book has quite an amount of curse words in it, which is to be expected, sine it is in the young adult section.

Aug 08, 2011
  • Fantasylover97 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Coarse Language: this book has some coarse languages throughout the story

Feb 10, 2011
  • imaginethat rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Sexual Content: This title contains Sexual Content.

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Apr 21, 2008
  • Hadley rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Chapters in books are usually given the cardinal numbers 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 and so on. But I have decided to give my chapters prime numbers 2, 3, 5, 7, 11, 13 and so on because I like prime numbers.

Apr 21, 2008
  • Hadley rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

My name is Christopher John Francis Boone. I know all the countries of the world and their capital cities and every prime number up to 7,057.

Apr 21, 2008
  • Hadley rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

I like dogs. You always know what a dog is thinking. It has four moods. Happy, sad, cross and concentrating. Also, dogs are faithful and they do not tell lies because they cannot talk.

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