The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

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Narrated by a fifteen-year-old autistic savant obsessed with Sherlock Holmes, this dazzling novel weaves together an old-fashioned mystery, a contemporary coming-of-age story, and a fascinating excursion into a mind incapable of processing emotions.

Christopher John Francis Boone knows all the countries of the world and their capitals and every prime number up to 7,057. Although gifted with a superbly logical brain, Christopher is autistic. Everyday interactions and admonishments have little meaning for him. At fifteen, Christopher's carefully constructed world falls apart when he finds his neighbour'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 favourite 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 Christopher tries to deal with the crisis within his own family, the narrative draws readers 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 emotions. The effect is dazzling, making for one of the freshest debut in years: a comedy, a tearjerker, a mystery story, a novel of exceptional literary merit that is great fun to read.


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Dec 18, 2018

Christopher is not like your average 15-year-old. Sure, he likes dogs, math, and his dad, but being on the autism spectrum can be a little difficult. He hates talking to people, being touched, and just found out his mom, thought long dead, is actually alive. Plus, he has to solve the murder of his neighbor’s poodle. Good think he likes Sherlock Holmes. Written as his own “novel” with prime number chapters, the reader can follow Christopher on his journey from his little town to London and his search to find answers. Quirky and fun, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time is a great novel for teens and adults alike.

Dec 03, 2018

I did not enjoy this book. It was so "stream of conscience" and coming from an autistic person made it even harder to get through. I found it impossible to connect with the main character.

I’ve been meaning to read this book for a long time and I’m glad that I finally did. Aside from being a very good and entertaining read, it gave me a whole new perspective inside the minds of autistic people. I feel that I now have a better understanding and better skills on how to serve them when I see them next time in the library. Written by Mark Haddon, this book is narrated by Christopher, a fifteen-year-old autistic savant. It is part-mystery, part-coming-of-age story, and a very interesting look into a mind that cannot process emotions. (submitted by SF)

Oct 30, 2018

There's such a unique charm to this book, and the character of Christopher is a real gem. I didn't know much about this novel, picked it up on a whim, and it turned out to be a fantastic read.

Oct 09, 2018

A melancholy coming of age for an autistic teenager from a dysfunctional family that is not able to provide unlimited resources for their child. Well written from the boys perspective with good character development. Contrary to the book jacket they was not any humor in it thought there were some humorous incidents. Worth reading if you are interested.

Jul 01, 2018

I found it very interesting to be live the life of an autistic teenager. Really helps you to view those you see who are on the spectrum with greater empathy. The mystery of how Wellington is killed was not really as difficult to solve as was implied. Also, Christopher's family life was a disappointing mess. Was also overwhelmed by the math at times, but perhaps that is the point?

Picked this up after seeing the Great American Reads list. Not sure if I would have recommended it myself, but it was worth reading.

May 10, 2018

It's really good and a unique coming of age story.

Mar 14, 2018

The curious incident of the dog in the nighttime’ is a very addictive book. The book features a character called Christopher, and Christopher suffers from Asperger’s Syndrome, which is a type of autism. Because Christopher has this condition, the book stands out differently than other ordinary books by, writing what he doesn’t understand about ‘normal/ordinary’ people.

Christopher finds a dog murdered by a garden fork and he decides to find the murderer and write a murder mystery book. While trying to find the murderer, he also finds the truth behind his parents. The book offers a great amount of sadness and a huge twist in the story that is not expected. These events all lead up to a adventurous train ride to London.

Overall, i would give this book a 4.5 out of 5 stars. I would also recommend this book to people 13 and over because the book includes a lot of swearing in some parts of the story. The vocabulary used in this book is very easy to understand. It was very fun to read.
Highly recommended.

Mar 04, 2018

Quite a bit of language. Two people living together who are married to other people. (possibly divorced, but it's not made clear.)

I LOVE CHRISTOPHER!! Super unique character voice. Loved it.

Feb 07, 2018

This was the first book from my library's general fiction collection that I was able to finish, and it's an accomplishment I held dear 5-6 years ago.
And I think it was a fine read? I'll need to re-read it again to refresh my memory.

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Laura_X Aug 03, 2018

On the fifth day, which was a Sunday, it rained very hard. I like it when it rains hard. It sounds like white noise everywhere, which is like silence but not empty.

May 24, 2018

'...But sometimes we get sad about things and we don't like to tell other people that we are sad about them. We like to keep it a secret. Or sometimes we are sad but we don't really know we are sad. So we say we aren't sad. But really we are.'

May 17, 2016

But in life you have to take lots of decisions and if you don't take decisions you would never do anything because you would spend all your time choosing between things you could do. So it is good to have a reason why you hate some things and you like others.

May 17, 2016

'...But sometimes we get sad about things and we don't like to tell other people that we are sad about them. We like to keep it a secret. Or sometimes we are sad but we don't really know we are sad. So we say we aren't sad. But really we are.'

May 17, 2016

And this shows that sometimes people want to be stupid and they do not want to know the truth.
And it shows that something called Occam's razor is true. And Occam's razor is not a razor that men shave with but a Law, and it says
Entia non sunt multiplicanda praetor necessitate.
Which is Latin and it means
No more things should be presumed to exist than are absolutely necessary.

May 17, 2016

And when the universe has finished exploding, all the stars will slow down, like a ball that has been thrown into the air, and they will come to a halt and they will all begin to fall toward the center of the universe again. And then there will be nothing to stop us from seeing all the stars in the world because they will all be moving toward us, gradually faster and faster, and we will know that the world is going to end soon because when we look up into the sky at night there will be no darkness, just the blazing light of billions and billions of stars, all falling.


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Jun 23, 2016

Christopher was the protagonist character in the story. One day he saw a neighbor dog killed with a garden fork or rank. However he was wondering who might have been killed that dog. He took a responsibility,or he became a detective. He asked several neighbors if they had seen anyone who was killing Mrs. Shears's dog. Everyone refused and they told him they didn't see anything. One day one neighbor told him about his father. Christopher also used a secret book to write what happen or he was seeing by not showing his father. However, since the father had told him his mom had died due to heart attack, Christopher assumed his mother is dead already. He thought he has no mother anymore. One day Christopher's father found out that Christopher was detecting about the dead dog. Then he command Christopher not to go any neighbors house because Christopher's father was the murderer of the dog. He warned Christopher not even to take another step. He also founds Christopher's secret book and he hide it. His mom was still alive instead she lives in a different place, London. Christopher's mother had written a letter for several times. By contrast, Mr. Shears kept hiding the letter because he told Christopher already that his mom died because she had a heart attack. All in all Christopher's father told Christopher that he killed the neighbor's dog because Mrs. Shears doesn't wanted to live with him and the purpose was to piss her off. And he forgive Christopher for his brainwashing thoughts. Moreover, Christopher decided not to live with his father because he thought his father might kill him as well just like the dog. So Christopher move to London to find his mother and he brings her back to his father's house.

blue_butterfly_2610 Aug 31, 2013

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.

SaanichLori Apr 26, 2011

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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anythingfantasygoes Aug 14, 2013

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

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

Feb 10, 2011

Sexual Content: This title contains Sexual Content.

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