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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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YALSA Alex 2004 Award; BBYA Top 10. RGG: Fascinating premise. Plot, prose at times a bit dull. Very poignant.
  rgruberexcel | Apr 15, 2014 |
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time is a murder mystery novel with a unique format. It features quotes from 'Sherlock Holmes'. It has a first person perspective of the main character, Christopher Boone. He describes himself as a mathematician with behaviour difficulties. He has a condition called Aspergers Syndrome. He writes the book with chapters consisting of prime numbers, rather than cardinal numbers.
Christopher's father, Ed Boone, explains to him that his mother had died 2 years ago from a heart attack. Though Judy, Christopher's mother, is living with Mr Shears who is Mrs Shears ex husband.
One night, as Christopher was walking past Mrs Shear's house and found Wellington, Mrs Shear's black poodle, laying on his back with a garden fork speared into his body. Christopher enters Mrs Shear's garden and gets caught by her. She saw the dead dog and accused Christopher of Wellington's death. She rings the police of the incident, and Christopher was caught by the police. Soon, his dad bails him out of jail.
That's when Christopher, started looking at the case; trying to solve the mystery of Wellington's death.
  ErjaMS | Apr 8, 2014 |
Fifteen-year-old Christopher has Asperger syndrome, a form of autism. He has a photographic memory. He understands maths. He understands science. What he can't understand are other human beings. When he finds his neighbour's dog, Wellington, lying dead on a neighbour's lawn, he decides to track down the killer and write a murder mystery novel about it. In doing so, however, he uncovers other mysteries that threaten to bring his whole world crashing down around him.
  ThePinesLibrary | Apr 8, 2014 |
Sometimes writers create the perfect story. They somehow manage to blissfully avoid all the common pitfalls in writing. No holes in the plot, no out-of-character action to distract the reader, no irregular pacing. The story hums along, keeping the reader reined in on a tight leash the entire time and clamoring for more. Mark Haddon pulls this off in his book about a fifteen-year-old autistic boy named Christopher who is accused of murdering his neighbor’s dog. Christopher is a fascinating character who excels at math while struggling to understand the different levels of human interaction. He lives with his Dad, who turns out to be covering up a few secrets that, when discovered, will drastically alter Christopher’s life. I won’t give away the plot because I want you all to read this book. It’s full of interesting little side trips through Christopher’s mind that add fabric to the texture of the story. And it’s definitely not your typical young adult novel, either, if you happen to think there is such a thing. So, what are you waiting for? Go down to the library and check it out. ( )
  S.D. | Apr 5, 2014 |
This book was so wonderful! It's told from the perspective of a fifteen year old autistic boy who is trying to find out who killed his neighbor's dog, and oh my god, the adventure and things he finds out make this one of the best books I've ever read in my life. Like really. It was so touching and intriguing and you really need to read it. Really. ( )
  lilysreads | Mar 23, 2014 |
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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.
 
It's something of a miracle that Haddon (a children's book author-illustrator) never slips into condescension, given that the novel is premised on the reader's cognitive advantage—it derives much of its meaning from the gap between what Christopher perceives and what we understand based on the details he dispassionately communicates.
added by stephmo | editVillage Voice, Dennis Lim (Jul 22, 2003)
 
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.
 

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This book is dedicated to Sos
With thanks to Kathryn Heyman, Clare Alexander, Kate Shaw and Dave Cohen
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It was 7 minutes after midnight.
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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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The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time is a murder mystery novel like no other. The detective, and narrator, is Christopher Boone. Christopher is fifteen and has Asperger's, a form of autism. He knows a very great deal about maths and very little about human beings. He loves lists, patterns and the truth. He hates the colours yellow and brown and being touched. He has never gone further than the end of the road on his own, but when he finds a neighbour's dog murdered he sets out on a terrifying journey which will turn his whole world upside down.

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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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