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The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time (original 2003; edition 2004)

by Mark Haddon

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Title:The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
Authors:Mark Haddon
Info:Vintage (2004), Paperback, 226 pages
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The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon (2003)

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It was a quick read and I appreciated its - artistry? - in presenting the point of view of an autistic kid. ( )
  MaryHeleneMele | May 6, 2019 |
Rating: 3.5 stars
“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.”
Christopher Boone lives in a world that is within, yet completely separate, from the world most other people live in each day. He doesn’t talk to strangers, he doesn’t like to be touched, and he hates anything that is yellow in color. Christopher is a teenager living with autism. While a genius at math, he struggles with the social skills and common courtesy practices that come naturally to most people. However, Christopher adores detective stories, so when his neighbor’s dog turns up dead, killed by a gardening fork, he decides to start an investigation. What Christopher is unprepared for though is the rabbit hole his detective work will take him down. Starting with a murder mystery, the story of Christopher and his struggle to live in a world that doesn’t accommodate for people with needs like his will evolve into one of hard-won personal triumph, along with the ups and downs of functioning as a family when one person’s needs rise above all others.

I struggled with how I wanted to rate The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time. Having a son who is on the autism spectrum, though not as severe as Christopher’s case, I found the story to be both sad (because of the truth to how people with autism see the world) and endearing. On the other hand, the language was monotonous and difficult to read. Written from the perspective of Christopher’s inner monologue, the writing is both repetitive and written in run-on sentences. While this is the whole point of writing the book this way, to reflect how an autistic mind runs and perceives things, I personally did not enjoy reading Mark Haddon’s writing style for the book. On the other hand, someone with autism feels the same way listening to people speak in metaphors and idioms. So, I ended up at a 3.5 rating for the book. A realistic way for someone to understand autism and its impact on a person, but not a personal enjoyment for me in struggling to read the rambling writing. ( )
  nframke | Apr 30, 2019 |
I enjoy the narrative voice in this book, and I love that the mystery is scaled appropriately to the size of this character's journey. While I felt the ending might have been a little rushed, I would recommend it to anyone who wants to see how POV can shape a whole narrative. ( )
  Eliza.Nellums | Apr 23, 2019 |
A moving story - the dialog and thinking from Christopher are captivating. ( )
  mrklingon | Apr 22, 2019 |
I feel like this is a book that everyone has already read and I missed it somehow. I picked up a copy last month and devoured it in a weekend. I truly enjoyed the story and the author captured the rigidity, repetition and quirkiness of Autism in a realistic and relatable way. Having only read the blurb on the back and seeing it on lists of books with neurodiverse characters I expected it to be more of a detective-with-autism caper than a heartfelt, emotional story of a boy, his world and his place in his family. I truly enjoyed this book and the sweet, sad, innocent and vulnerable Christopher. 5/5 stars ⭐️ ( )
  justjoshinreads | Mar 22, 2019 |
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Mark Haddon specialises in innovative storylines in his work as an author, screenwriter and illustrator allied to his remarkable ability to demonstrate what it is to be autistic without sentimentality or exaggeration allied to a creative use of puzzles, facts and photographs in the text mark him out as a real talent drawing on a range of abilities.
As Christopher investigates Wellington's death, he makes some remarkably brave decisions and when he eventually faces his fears and moves beyond his immediate neighborhood, the magnitude of his challenge and the joy in his achievement are overwhelming. Haddon creates a fascinating main character and allows the reader to share in his world, experiencing his ups and downs and his trials and successes. In providing a vivid world in which the reader participates vicariously, Haddon fulfills the most important requirements of fiction, entertaining at the same time that he broadens the reader's perspective and allows him to gain knowledge. This fascinating book should attract legions of enthusiastic readers.
The imaginative leap of writing a novel -- the genre that began as an exercise in sentiment -- without overt emotion is a daring one, and Haddon pulls it off beautifully. Christopher's story is full of paradoxes: naive yet knowing, detached but poignant, often wryly funny despite his absolute humorlessness.
Haddon's book illuminates the way one mind works so precisely, so humanely, that it reads like both an acutely observed case study and an artful exploration of a different ''mystery'': the thoughts and feelings we share even with those very different from us.
Mark Haddon's stark, funny and original first novel, ''The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time,'' is presented as a detective story. But it eschews most of the furnishings of high-literary enterprise as well as the conventions of genre, disorienting and reorienting the reader to devastating effect.

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It was 7 minutes after midnight.
Wellington was a poodle. Not one of the small poodles that have hair styles but a big poodle.
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.
All the other children at my school are stupid. Except I'm not meant to call them stupid, even though this is what they are.
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.
I think people believe in heaven because they don’t like the idea of dying, because they want to carry on living and they don’t like the idea that other people will move into their house and put their things into the rubbish.
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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0099450259, Paperback)

Mark Haddon's bitterly funny debut novel, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, is a murder mystery of sorts--one told by an autistic version of Adrian Mole. Fifteen-year-old Christopher John Francis Boone is mathematically gifted and socially hopeless, raised in a working-class home by parents who can barely cope with their child's quirks. He takes everything that he sees (or is told) at face value, and is unable to sort out the strange behavior of his elders and peers.

Late one night, Christopher comes across his neighbor's poodle, Wellington, impaled on a garden fork. Wellington's owner finds him cradling her dead dog in his arms, and has him arrested. After spending a night in jail, Christopher resolves--against the objection of his father and neighbors--to discover just who has murdered Wellington. He is encouraged by Siobhan, a social worker at his school, to write a book about his investigations, and the result--quirkily illustrated, with each chapter given its own prime number--is The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time.

Haddon's novel is a startling performance. This is the sort of book that could turn condescending, or exploitative, or overly sentimental, or grossly tasteless very easily, but Haddon navigates those dangers with a sureness of touch that is extremely rare among first-time novelists. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time is original, clever, and genuinely moving: this one is a must-read. --Jack Illingworth, Amazon.ca

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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.

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