The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time

Book - 2004
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Christopher Boone, an autistic person, discovers his neighbour's dog, Wellington, impaled on a garden fork and after being accused of the crime, he becomes determined to find the real killer. Ultimately, the investigation leads him down some unexpected paths and face to face with the dissolution of his parents' marriage.
Publisher: [Toronto] : Doubleday Canada : Anchor Canada, 2004, c2002
ISBN: 9780385659796
Branch Call Number: FIC HADDO 4565 2


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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.

Jan 27, 2018

Frankly, I thought it well written, but not with any simple humour - and cannot agree with the comments on the book jacket, that "it is funny". Also wonder how many 13 year olds would really enjoy it, but perhaps I'm too old to appreciate it (and I do have 2 wonderful autistic children in my extended family).

Jan 21, 2018

An outstanding read all around. Written from an interesting perspective, even the little touches like the style of chapter numbering add to the overall experience.

aavishkakumar Dec 01, 2017

A very captivating and intense, but at the same time, a light hearted and sweet story. This is the story of a young boy with a photographic memory, a boy who is very clever and witty, who sees the world in a different but beautiful and unique way. This book was not what I was expecting at all. To be honest, I wasn't sure what to expect as I made the decision to read this book. However, what I do know is that this book exceeded all my expectations and was a fantastic book, written beautifully and with so much passion. I was captivated and found I could not put this book down until I had read it completely. It had the right amount of humour, sadness and even a twist which you don't see coming.

Sep 23, 2017

Christopher, the main character in this book, faces tough situations that are sometimes even painful to read about. But you will be rooting for him all the way. He has an interesting worldview, and he demonstrates strength in the face of adversity.

One odd thing about this book: the author and all the characters are British, and the vocabulary is British ("tea" as a meal, "dungarees" instead of "overalls," etc.)...yet the spelling is American. Why would an editor make the decision to change "metres" to "meters," "pyjamas" to "pajamas," etc.? It makes the text seem inauthentic and dumbed-down. I noticed the same thing in the book Code Name Verity. If this is a new trend in publishing, I don't like it.

AL_STEFFEN Sep 19, 2017

A book about a protagonist with autism that never mentions autism, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time is well written, somewhat sad and very much worth reading.
Main character Christopher finds a dog murdered by a gardening fork. He embarks on a quest to solve the murder that culminates in a harrowing train ride to London that is a somehow more satisfying than the novel's conclusion.

Catmamakim Sep 03, 2017

A delightful, easy-to-read book about an autistic boy experiencing life from his perspective. An eye-opener for someone like myself who does not have anyone close to me who is autistic. I loved the simple humour and the sweet ending. Highly recommended!

Jun 13, 2017

I enjoyed this book when I read it several years ago. I saw the play over the weekend. I enjoyed the play and so did my husband who hasn't read the book.

Apr 19, 2017

I liked this book and I don't often say that anymore. I can see how some highbrow snobs may look down their noses at it but not every story has to be filled with pathos, violence and sex to be a good read.

The writing was charming and sad and funny and enlightening with getting all preachy. I empathized with many of this kid's issues and envied him in that he was 'special' enough to get away with living in a magical world so many of us would love to run away to and lucky enough to have such wonderful support systems (however flawed).

I needed a satisfying quick read before I tackle another tomb and it filled the bill.

Apr 07, 2017

I read books for the characters, and Haddon did a beautiful job of developing the main character of this book. Told from the first person perspective, the narrative voice is charming and credible. This is a child (teenager?) who actually sounds his age rather than sounding like a miniature adult.

The majority of the book is actually tangential information (much of it mathematical) because the point of the book is to communicate how the autistic brain works, how easily it's overwhelmed, how easily it's distracted and how the person copes. But rather than listing it dryly as I just did, you experience the overwhelming and the distractions and the coping strategies with the main character. You also get some insight into how his parents have (or haven't) coped with the limitations imposed by his autism (no hugging, for example) - though this is all filtered through the lens of the main character.

The plot had a little more to it than I was expecting and the story was fine, but the story isn't the point. It's a vehicle to showcase the character.

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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.

Apr 21, 2008

Chapters in books are usually given the cardinal numbers 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 and so on. But I have decided to give my chapters prime numbers 2, 3, 5, 7, 11, 13 and so on because I like prime numbers.

Apr 21, 2008

My name is Christopher John Francis Boone. I know all the countries of the world and their capital cities and every prime number up to 7,057.

Apr 21, 2008

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.


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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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