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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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Christopher John Francis Boone has a remarkable memory for detail, and although he gifted with a superbly logical brain, Christopher's interactions and admonishments have little meaning. He manages his life using rules, patterns and a diagram in his pocket. One day, a neighbor's dog, Wellington, is killed and Christopher sets out to solve the murder in the style of detective, Sherlock Holmes. What follows makes for a novel that is funny, poignant and fascinating in its portrayal of a person whose curse and blessing are a mind that perceives the world entirely literally and a psyche that lacks emotion. In addition, to the murder, Christopher must reconcile the fact that his father has been keeping letters from Chris's mother from him. The murder and the betrayal rock Chris's world. The reader follows the heroic efforts of Christopher as he solves the mystery and find his mother. Though the text contains some language that may be inappropriate for teens, the overall message would absolutely resonate with teen readers. In addition, Haddon's use of humor adds to the charm of the main character and builds a sense of unity as the reader roots for Christopher's success. Reviewer, David Ellis, states the The Curious Incident is an "ambitious and innovative novel," and Haddon "manages to avoid the opposing pitfalls of either offending people with autism and their families or turning Christopher into an object of pity. Instead of becoming the focus of the plot, the autism enhances it. The unemotional descriptions amplify many moments of observational comedy, and misfortunes are made extremely poignantly." This text would be useful in a unit of contemporary literature in which a character with a disability triumphs over difficulty.
  sgemmell | Apr 21, 2016 |
I have a friend with Asperger's, this seemed to be a pretty accurate picture of what might be going on in his head sometimes. My son read this in junior high because of knowing this child and did an awesome report drawing analogies from his real life friend. I cried reading the book and I cried over my son's report. Who knows what life has in store for any of us, but these children of God? Please be patient with them, and do not stare and make comments at people who act differently...there, but for the GRACE of GOD....
I read some of the reviews disparaging the concept, I am here to tell you, as a Medical Librarian, it exists. It is not so simple as you make. The Diagnostic manual used by the American Psychiatric Association used to classify Asperger's as a high functioning Autistic person. Finally, after close observation and testing, it became clear that this was a seperate collection of behavioral syndromes and characteristics. IF you think this is not real, be a hero and volunteer at a center for special needs children and ask to be an Asperger child's partner. They are beautiful, but they definitely ave their own way. My friend, just standing in line to check out at the grocery, would realign all of the merchandise there so that all of the green was together, all of the purple was together, etc. He is extremely detailed and organized (here it comes, a librarian joke - nope, it passed, whew.) His parents and close relatives, babysitters and close friends had to teach him how to hug and when it was appropriate because he just did not express these things. The highlight of one month was when I saw him one day and he came up and voluntarily hugged me. Milestone. You have no idea how much work it takes - almost 24 hours a day - to get these children just so they can go out, swing on a swing, communicate, maybe go to school with a mentor in tow, interact with others, etc. ( )
  CathyWoolbright | Apr 20, 2016 |
This is a really good book to use in a high school classroom. It is a pretty easy read but it is based in England so some of the vocabulary is different and could take some getting used to. You can have your students read this book on their own and then discuss it in groups each class and talk about the different chapters that they were supposed to read. You can also talk about it together as a whole class. This is a good book to use to have your students learn about someone with autism and how they may act. Most of your students will probably know someone with autism or they may not even know that a person has it. You can talk about how Christopher has to overcome different problems in the book and how things work out in the end based on his actions. You can also have your students learn about a different culture because this book does not take place in America. You can have them look at the differences they see between the two cultures as they read. Have your students follow the development of Christopher as they read and see how he changes throughout the book as he faces different challenges. 9th/10th grade standards: 3, 6
  SarahSchuster | Apr 18, 2016 |
I am amazed at Mark Haddon's ability to give voice to Christopher, a highly functional teen with autism. While reading this book, I felt like I was inside Christopher's head and could understand everything he did and why. Haddon has a new book coming out soon and I look forward to reading it.

This book starts with Christopher rushing to the rescue of his neighbor's dog, but the dog is dead and was clearly murdered. Christopher likes Sherlock Holmes and can prove that he is logical like Holmes, so he decides to solve the mystery of the murdered dog and write a book about his experience and the clues he gathers. While doing so, Christopher stumbles onto a life altering family secret. Along the way, Christopher shares all sorts of amazing facts and can even help you understand why the colors yellow and brown are horrid, and why he does certain things to help him cope. His encounters with adults, told from his very literate point of view, are extremely interesting. While reading this, I kept having the feeling that I was in the head of Dustin Hoffman in his remarkable portrayal of "The Rainmain." This book also made me doubly grateful for good teachers and for parents who try, even when they don't always get it right. ( )
  sydsavvy | Apr 8, 2016 |
Perfect story, interesting style, funny,.... ( )
  Gerardlionel | Apr 2, 2016 |
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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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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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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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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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