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The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

75 Ratings: 3.5
A book by Mark Haddon

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 … see full wiki

Author: Mark Haddon
Genre: Literature & Fiction
Publisher: Vintage
14 reviews about The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
review by . June 28, 2010
I read this book because of the eyecatching cover and it completely swept me up! The narrator of this book is a young boy, Christopher John Francis Boone, who has Asperger syndrome. He is brilliant at mathematics and he lives with his father because his mother has died some years prior. The story is set up to be a sort of mystery novel when Christopher discovers his neighbor's dog killed in the yard. He decides to investigate the death and this book is a documentation of his thoughts and investigation. &n …
review by . June 24, 2010
A real page turner! I read this book in one day. It is an easy fast-paced read. One of the most unique and eccentric books ever. There is nothing I could think of to compare it to. Gives a great deal of insight to mental illness and human emotion while the main character lacks that quality. It was also very funny. I would recommend this book to just about anyone.            
Quick Tip by . July 19, 2010
I actually judged this book by the cover, and doubted it would be of any interest. After being forced to read it by a friend, I must say this is definitely a book worth reading!
Quick Tip by . July 02, 2010
Fascinating! Step into the mind of a high-functioning autistic boy whose discovery of a simple mystery leads to an adventure of logic, mistrust, and desperate flight. The narrative is astonishingly intricate. Utterly fascinating.
Quick Tip by . May 19, 2010
Well written from the autistic child's point of view.
review by . September 18, 2009
This is one of the most original and spellbinding novels I've read in years. It is written from a perspective of an autistic teenage boy in an incredibly convincing way. The book starts as a murder-mystery, and although the murder of a dog may not sound like the most pressing crime that you need to read about, the reader is quickly drawn into the story. What makes the whole situation unique is precisely the autistic perspective of the narrator. The familiar world that we all take for granted is …
review by . March 12, 2009
Mark Haddon has written a rather clever novel from the point of view of a 15-year old autistic child - Christopher Haddon. If we take as a given that this is an accurate portrayal of the way an autistic person's mind works, it explains and lends empathy to those with autism. We can see how Christopher's actions, to him, seem entirely logical and normal, whereas to those he interacts with they seem bizarre and abnormal (excepting his father and teachers).     The story unfolds …
review by . February 10, 2006
Having worked with children with autism/Asperger's for years, I found Curious Incident curious indeed. Written from the point of view of a teenager, the narrative provides wonderful insight into the cognitive processes of a person with this type of disability. As well as being a compelling detective story, Incident brings home the idea that there are different versions of reality, depending upon who's doing the experiencing. It beautifully illustrated the mutual misunderstanding and frustration …
review by . March 28, 2005
This is a wonderfully entertaining and touching and sometimes frustrating book. What first attracted me to it was the basic premise...a mystery (the "murder" of a neighbor's dog) investigated by an autistic boy...told through the eyes of the boy himself. Christopher, our narrator, is as unlikely a hero as you're going to encounter in a piece of fiction that isn't science fiction or fantasy based.     Apparently Mark Haddon worked with autistic people for awhile, and his knowledge …
review by . February 21, 2005
I had heard a lot of good things about the book The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time by Mark Haddon. After waiting for some time for it to come in at the library, I finally got the chance to read it. It's definitely different and will make you adjust your reality...    Christopher Boone is an autistic child who lives with his father in a small town in England. When the neighbor's dog is found killed, Boone decides that he should do some investigating to figure out …
review by . December 29, 2004
Mark Haddon has written a rather clever novel from the point of view of a 15-year old autistic child - Christopher Haddon. If we take as a given that this is an accurate portrayal of the way an autistic person's mind works, it explains and lends empathy to those with autism. We can see how Christopher's actions, to him, seem entirely logical and normal, whereas to those he interacts with they seem bizarre and abnormal (excepting his father and teachers).     The story unfolds …
review by . June 25, 2004
I am sad to say that this book let me down. All these great reviews about it and it also sounded very interesting from the back cover and the pictures I had seen on the inside of the book while flipping through.I understand that this book is basically a journal of an autistic boy, but this story is not a story at all. There is a loose connection (at best) about this dog being murdered that the boy wants to find out who did it. The rest of the book is just randow science and math information on the …
review by . March 05, 2004
It's very difficult to understand the extremely hard work that went into writing this book. To get into the mind of an autistic person, and then to construct a credible narrative must have been unreal! Once that was done, to make a plot that held the reader's interest from beginning to end, and then to keep the narrative within the "voice" of the main character was truly awesome. This is truly "a heartbreaking work of staggering genius". and should be required reading in schools, particularly writers …
review by . August 08, 2003
Mark Haddon has captured the essence of the mind of an autistic child (Christopher) and has written a story that is more about the way the autistic mind needs to make the terrifying world concrete in order to exist within it than it is about the 'detective story' it purports to be. To that end THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME is a successful exercise. Haddon understands that emotion and physical touch are beasts of prey to the autistic mind and electing to have Christopher set out …
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