The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
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The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time


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.

Title:The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Paperback
Number of Pages:226 pages

    The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time Reviews

  • Brad
    Nov 09, 2008

    The Prime Reasons Why I Enjoyed Mark Haddon's The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time:2. Death broken down into its molecular importance.3. Clouds, with chimneys and aerials impressed upon t...

  • Sean
    Aug 29, 2007

    This book I read in a day. I was in a Chapters bookstore in Toronto (that's like Barnes and Noble to the Americans in the crowd) and anyway I was just browsing around, trying to kill time. When sudden...

  • Chris
    May 22, 2008

    Absolute garbage. Easily the worst book I’ve read in 2008, and certainly a contender for Worst Book I’ve Ever Read. This crap won the prestigious Whitbread Book of the Year honors, and while I hav...

  • karen
    Apr 08, 2007

    pooƃ ʎɹǝʌ ʇou puɐ ʎʞɔıɯɯıƃ ʎɹǝʌ sı ʞooq sıɥʇif you want to read an excellent book about autism in a young person, read marcelo in the real world. this book is like hilary swank...

  • Oriana
    Mar 18, 2007

    This is the most disassociating book I've ever read. Try to read it all in one sitting -- it will totally fuck with your head and make you forget how to be normal....

  • Laurel
    Dec 04, 2008

    Here's what I liked about this book:1. I found Christopher, with all his many quirks, to be sweet and rather endearing.2. I thought it was a creative idea to write a book from the point of view of a b...

  • Cecily
    May 30, 2008

    OverviewFirst person tale of Christopher, a fifteen-year-old with Asperger's Syndrome or high-functioning autism, and a talent for maths, who writes a book (this one - sort of - very post modern) abou...

  • Joe
    Nov 21, 2007

    The concept is interesting: narrating the novel through the POV of an autistic boy. The chapters are cleverly numbered by prime numbers, which ties in with the novel. It has interesting illustrations...

  • jo
    Jan 05, 2009

    this book rocked my world, and i've been trying for weeks to understand why. here it is:* because the plot is flawless* because the voice is flawless* because it's amazingly tender without being cute*...

  • Amanda
    Jun 10, 2008

    Am I autistic? Am I Christopher Boone? What is it about my OCD (self-diagnosed, boo yah!) that separates me from this fifteen-year-old kid? Fate is kind, but there is nothing more disturbing than lear...

About Mark Haddon

Mark Haddon

Mark Haddon is a British novelist and poet, best known for his 2003 novel The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time. He was educated at Uppingham School and Merton College, Oxford, where he studied English.In 2003, Haddon won the Whitbread Book of the Year Award and in 2004, the Commonwealth Writers' Prize Overall Best First Book for his novel The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-t