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The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

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By (author) Mark Haddon

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  • Publisher: Random House Inc
  • Format: Paperback | 240 pages
  • Dimensions: 132mm x 203mm x 8mm | 113g
  • Publication date: 22 December 2007
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 1400032717
  • ISBN 13: 9781400032716
  • Edition statement: Reprint
  • Sales rank: 12,716

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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. This improbable story of Christopher's quest to investigate the suspicious death of a neighborhood dog makes for one of the most captivating, unusual, and widely heralded novels in recent years.

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Mark Haddon is a writer and illustrator of numerous award-winning children's books and television screenplays. As a young man, Haddon worked with autistic individuals. He teaches creative writing for the Arvon Foundation and lives in Oxford, England.

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By dixoncaldwell 24 May 2013 3

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By Myra Johnston 13 Apr 2013 5

I really enjoyed this book. One of the best books I have read in the last year. It offers an insight into the mind of a child with autism and keeps you captivated as Christopher works through the challenges in his life. A must read!

By Maria Guajardo (GABY) 15 Apr 2012 5

Christopher is 15 years old and has Asperger, a form of autism. He can't lie, he doesn't understand human emotions and he observers a lot. He likes dogs, so when Wellington, the neighbors's dog, is killed, and he's the principal suspect, Christopher decides to investigate as Sherlock Holmes and find the real killer.

I really wanted to read The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, almost all the reviews are good. So when I had a chance, I just bought it and didn't regret it. I read it super fast, even my mother read it, and we both loved it.

Christopher is not common. Because of his Asperger, he's actually very interesting. He's obsessed with number and he's trying to write a book about his adventures. He writes back and forward on his book, every chapter is about something different and he numbers them by prime numbers, but it's very cool. Since I read his first words (and his drawings) I was captivated. It was like being inside his mind, where he sometimes can't concentrate on something or sometimes he concentrates too much.

Also, I liked the mystery about who really killed the dog. I didn't have a clue (well, I'm not Sherlock Holmes), and several times I just gasped or just said out loud 'What?!'. Then I had to explain to my boyfriend what I just discovered hehe.

Really, there isn't a way to describe this book as it deserves, but if you're at least a little bit interested, read it. Christopher was an amazing character, he managed to left his fears behind and made a great journey in a world where he is constantly misunderstood; and if you have met a person with autism, you will realize he's very realistic.

Overall, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time is one of my favorite books read this year, I just can't get it out of my head, and I'm sure I'm going to re-read it several times in my future.

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"Gloriously eccentric and wonderfully intelligent." --"The Boston Globe ""Moving. . . . Think of The Sound and the Fury crossed with The Catcher in the Rye""and one of Oliver Sacks's real-life stories." --Michiko Kakutani, "The New York Times " "This is an amazing novel. An amazing book." --"The Dallas Morning News ""A superb achievement. He is a wise and bleakly funny writer with rare gifts of empathy." --Ian McEwan, author of Atonement "Brilliant. . . . Delightful. . . . Very moving, very plausible--and very funny." --Oliver Sacks "Superb. . . . Bits of wisdom fairly leap off the page." --"Newsday ""Disorienting and reorienting the reader to devastating effect. . . . As suspenseful and harrowing as anything in Conan Doyle." --Jay McInerney, "The New York Times Book Review ""Extraordinarily moving, often blackly funny. . . . It is hard to think of anyone who would not be moved and delighted by this book." --"Financial Times," London "Both clever and observant." --"The Washington Post" "Full of whimsical surprises and tender humor." --"People ""[Haddon] illuminates a core of suffering through the narrowly focused insights of a boy who hasn't the words to describe emotional pain." --"New York""Daily News ""Outstanding. . . . A stunningly good read." --"The Independent ""Engrossing . . . flawlessly imagined and deeply affecting." --"Time Out New York ""A remarkable book from a writer with very special talent." --"Fort Worth Star-Telegram ""The Curious Incident is the rare book that repays reading twice in quick succession." --"Detroit Free Press ""Heart-in-the-mouth stuff, terrifying and moving. Haddon is to be congratulated for imagining a new kind of hero." --"The Daily Telegraph ""This original and affecting novel is a triumph of empathy." --"The New Yorker" "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 feeling we share even with those very different from us." --"Entertainment Weekly" "Mark Haddon's portrayal of an emotionally disassociated mind is a superb achievement. He is a wise and bleakly funny writer with rare gifts of empathy." --Ian McEwan, author of "Atonement ""A murder mystery, a road atlas, a postmodern canvas of modern sensory overload, a coming-of-age journal and lastly a really affecting look at the grainy inconsistency of parental and romantic love and its failures. . . . In this striking first novel, Mark Haddon is both clever and observant, and the effect is vastly affecting." --"The Washington Post " "Haddon's gentle humor reminds us that facts don't add up to a life, that we understand ourselves only through metaphor." --"Chicago Tribune " "Beautifully written. . . . Heart-in-the-mouth stuff, terrifying and moving. Haddon is to be congratulated for imagining a new kind of hero, for the humbling instruction this warm and often funny novel offers and for showing that the best lives are lived where difference is cherished." --"The Daily Telegraph" "A detective story with a difference. . . . [Haddon] has given his unlikely hero a convincing voice-and the detective novel an interesting twist." --"The Economist " "Think Huck Finn," "The Catcher in the Rye," "or the early chapters of David Copperfield." --"Houston Chronicle " "A tale full of cheeky surprises and tender humor. . . . A touching evolution." --"Milwaukee Journal Sentinel " "Funny, sad and totally convincing." --"Time" "More so than precursors like The Sound and the Fury""and Flowers for Algernon," "The Curious Incident""is a radical experiment in empathy." --"The Village Voice " "One of the strangest and most convincing characters in recent fiction." --"Slate " "I have never read anything quite like Mark Haddon's funny and agonizingly honest book, or encountered a narrator more vivid and memorable. I advise you to buy two copies; you won't want to lend yours out." --Arthur Golden, author of Memoirs of a Geisha" " "At once funny and achingly sad, this thought-provoking debut may leave us wondering if our worn coping skills are really any better than Christopher's." --"The News and Observer " "Filled with humor and pain, [The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time] verges on profundity." --"San Jose Mercury News" "The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time brims with imagination, empathy, and vision-plus it's a lot of fun to read."" --"Myla Goldberg, author of Bee Season

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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. This improbable story of Christopher's quest to investigate the suspicious death of a neighborhood dog makes for one of the most captivating, unusual, and widely heralded novels in recent years.