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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
Collections:2013, Kindle
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The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon (2003)

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Christopher Boone ist 15 jahre, drei Monate und zwei Tage alt. Er hat eine Hausratte mit dem Namen Toby. Er isst am liebsten rote Dinge. Er schreibt als erster überhaupt an seiner Schule ein Matheabitur. Und er will aufklären, wer den Pudel von Gegenüber mit einer Mistgabel ermordet hat.

Christopher ist sehr wortwörtlich. Stellt euch die Worte oben vor, nur als ganzen Roman und in der Ich-Perspektive. Er gibt offen zu, nicht schreiben zu können und schreibt nur ein Buch, weil seine Lehrerin Siobhan es möchte. Da er sich auch nichts ausdenken kann, nimmt er den Mord am Nachbarspudel als Aufhänger. Und so schlittern wir in die Geschichte über und mit Christopher Boone, der 15 Jahre, drei Monate und zwei Tage alt ist. Und eine Hausratte mit dem Namen Toby hat.

Vielleicht lag es ja auch daran, dass Christopher selber geschrieben hat und sich unverstanden fühlte, aber ich war sehr überrascht, dass die Leute um ihn rum nicht gemerkt haben, dass er behindert ist, obwohl es doch so klar war. Selbst seine Eltern vergessen immer wieder etwas. Unter anderem, dass er nicht angefasst werden will. Hallo? Der Junge ist 15 Jahre alt (und drei Monate und zwei Tage). Da hätte man sich doch mal daran gewöhnen können ihn nicht zu umarmen. Da war auch der Polizist, der geschickt wird, um nach Christopher zu suchen. Man sollte meinen, dass er über Christophers Behinderung bescheid gesagt bekommt. Nope. Große Überraschung als es dann wirklich nicht mehr zu übersehen ist.

Das andere, was mir nicht gefallen hat, waren die vielen Abschweifungen. Da steckt man mitten in der Geschichte und plötzlich erzählt Christopher von einem Urlaub, bei dem er eine Wiese voller Kühe gesehen hat. Und dass er immer noch weiß, werlche Muster diese Kühe hatten. Dass er sie jetzt sofort zeichnen könnte, wenn man ihn fragen würde. Dann kommt ein krudes Bild einer Kuh. Schön. Ich möchte aber lieber wissen, wie es weiter geht. Am Anfang war es ja noch ganz nett um ihn kennen zu lernen, aber irgendwann sind es einfach zu viele Matherätsel und Unterbrechungen gewesen. Ich war genervt davon. Ganz abgesehen davon, dass ich mich immer noch nicht fühle, als wäre ich dem Charakter irgendwie nahe. Ich weiß fast nichts von ihm, mal abgesehen von dem, was er da gerade erlebt hat. Auch wenn der Autor es fast schon mit dem Brecheisen versucht, mir einzufüttern.

Die Details fand ich nett. Die Kapitel, die mit Primzahlen betitelt sind statt mit 1, 2, und 3. Dass Christopher seine Gedankengänge oft in Listen niederbricht. Dass Christopher Dinge sehr logisch betrachtet. Wenn er etwas mag, oder etwas nicht mag, dann hat er dafür genaue Gründe.

Die Geschichte ist für den Leser schnell zusammengepuzzelt, man liest eher, damit man Christopher beim entdecken zusehen kann. An sich mochte ich das Buch, ich habe es in einem Rutsch durchgelesen. Es war jetzt aber weit weg von bombastisch und den Hype darum kann ich nicht verstehen. Es ist lesbar, aber man muss es nicht gelesen haben und ich kann Leute verstehen, die es absolut nicht mögen. Der Stil ist schon arg gewöhnungsbedürftig.

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1 vote Nomnivor | Jan 12, 2017 |
unpredictability at its best - and also one of my first 'impulse buys' - I saw the cover and bought it. ( )
  bensdad00 | Jan 10, 2017 |
Christopher is autistic but functions pretty good as long as things go along as he thinks they should. Unfortunately Christopher's world is pretty broken and rocky. At one point his drunk stepfather yells at him saying, don't you ever think about anyone else? I don't think he's capable of doing that, although he does have compassion for animals. ( )
  jothebookgirl | Jan 3, 2017 |
[no official journal entry, listed in Best Books of 2005]

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. And he detests the color yellow.

Although gifted with a superbly logical brain, for fifteen-year-old Christopher everyday interactions and admonishments have little meaning. He lives on patterns, rules, and a diagram kept in his pocket. Then one day, a neighbor's dog, Wellington, is killed and his carefully constructive universe is threatened. Christopher sets out to solve the murder in the style of his favourite (logical) 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.
  christinejoseph | Jan 1, 2017 |
A dog is brutally killed in a Swindon front garden. A teenager with Asperger's syndrome decides to investigate and write a book about it.

From this unlikely premise, Mark Haddon manages to craft a strangely gripping, funny and touching novel which has been deservedly successful beyond the teenage and YA market for which it was originally intended. Haddon convincingly shows us the world from the point of view of his protagonist/narrator - a mathematical prodigy who finds it difficult to understand other people, their humour and even things we take for granted such as a trip on the bus or tube.

To be honest, after the first hundred pages or so, when the novel's point had been amply made, I started to grow impatient - I even confess to skimming over the final chapters. This notwithstanding, there's no denying that this is an original, offbeat book with a big heart. ( )
  JosephCamilleri | Dec 21, 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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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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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

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:07:22 -0400)

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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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