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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. Although gifted with a superbly logical brain, for fifteen-year-old Christopher everyday interactions and admonishment 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.

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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. Although gifted with a superbly logical brain, for fifteen-year-old Christopher everyday interactions and admonishment 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.

30 review for The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time [Unabridged] Five CD Set edition

  1. 5 out of 5

    Brad

    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 them, and their potential as alien space crafts. 5. Black Days and Yellow cars. 7. Red food coloring for Indian cuisine. 11. Christopher's reasons for loving The Hound of the Baskervilles and disdaining Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. 13. White lies. 17. The patience of Siobhan 19. Father’s frustration, and Father 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 them, and their potential as alien space crafts. 5. Black Days and Yellow cars. 7. Red food coloring for Indian cuisine. 11. Christopher's reasons for loving The Hound of the Baskervilles and disdaining Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. 13. White lies. 17. The patience of Siobhan 19. Father’s frustration, and Father's love. 23. “I reasoned that....” 29. Metaphors are lies and similes are not. 31. The intimacy of fanning out the fingers and pressing the hand of another. 37. Christopher punches a policeman and later decides he doesn't like policeman much after all. 41. My empathy for Father's pain. 43. Mystification through demystification. 47. Father admitting one of his “crimes” before he was caught. 53. Did I mention Christopher? 59. A Level Maths. 61. The London Underground as a scary, thrilling adventure. 67. Toby the rat. 71. Wellington forked. 73. The book has yet to be discovered by Oprah. 79. Behavioral Problems 83. Maps 89. Prime numbers = Prime chapters 97. That every day life, if seen from a certain perspective, can provide the conflict for a compelling novel.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Chris

    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 have absolutely no idea what that entails, I firmly support both the eradication of this farcical award and the crucifixion of anyone on the selection committee that nominated this stinking smegma. I’d seen this book prominently featured at many shops (mayhap Oprah was currently endorsing it as worthy fare 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 have absolutely no idea what that entails, I firmly support both the eradication of this farcical award and the crucifixion of anyone on the selection committee that nominated this stinking smegma. I’d seen this book prominently featured at many shops (mayhap Oprah was currently endorsing it as worthy fare), so when I saw a copy at a resale shop for ‘fitty’ cents, I figured some poor sucker out there somehow managed to prove they know less about the value of a dollar than I do. This was both slick and sweet, even if the book blew, I could probably unload it on ebay and manage to actually make some money out of the deal. In that circumstance I’d place my first call home in 2008; my folks would be so proud to see my enterprising nature finally surface. I will not be selling this book, as my conscience won’t let me dupe someone quite that badly. I will instead be using it as kindling for the next bonfire I start while camping. This would be fitting, seeing as I read it while camping over Memorial Day weekend, and I would have rightfully disposed of this in the fire at that time, except I wasn’t completely finished suffering through it until the drive home. Also, I had nothing else to read. I can say that this book taught me one thing; I solemnly vow only to bring a book I enjoy while secluded from the outside world from this day forth. This is about the third time I’ve gone camping and brought some utter crap along, only to wish I had anything else, hell, I’d have started reading the damn bible if it meant forsaking “The Curious Incident..” Much less, during this ill-fated camping trip, the Midwest was being absolutely hammered with inclement weather of all sorts. Tornados were tearing the ass out of Iowa, both Wisconsin and Illinois were flooding to the point that if I actually had been reading the bible I'd have contemplated the construction of an ark, Michigan was being devastated by ‘ball-lightning’ and thunderstorms a-plenty, and Indiana, well, Indiana sucks no matter what the weather is, even if beset by an event similar to that legendary whack shit in Tunguska it could only serve to make the place slightly more interesting to inhabit. Rather comically, the campground had a good number of ‘seasonal’ campers (aka total hicks) that were just chilling in their trailers, sporting mullets and getting all stoked to some Kid Rock. While hail pummeled the area, t-storms unleashed an epic deluge, and tornados were spotted touching down and killing people, the hicks took all this in perfect stride. “Git r done! Git on ‘ere!” they hooted merrily, apparently oblivious to the fact that their lives were potentially in jeopardy. In these conditions not a single one bothered to put on a shirt, seemed completely content to sit on their cooler and polish off their 12-pack of Coors, and didn’t mind their inbred, unkempt kids running around barefoot and sopping wet, certain to die of pneumonia should god decide (for some unfathomable reason) not to reclaim their souls with his twister. The women, predominantly pregnant, were also unfazed, brazenly ignoring the reports of nearby boy scouts getting killed and also gleefully chugging Coors, which I’m sure will only assist in assuring that the next generation of scruffy bastards hailing from Elk’s Ass, Illinois to be just as pitiful as their progenitors. In order to blend in with the natives, I peeled off my top, kicked off my shoes, scratched my nuts generously before picking my nose, and continued drinking, acting as nonchalant as possible in 90 mph winds while getting pulverized with all forms of precipitation. For some reason I was still regarded with suspicion by the locals, and it wasn’t until later that I realized that the clue that tipped them off that I wasn’t one of their ilk was the act of reading. I wonder, when they embrace this uppity act of reading themselves will they begin noticing the surgeon general’s warnings that smoking and guzzling hooch shouldn’t be the norm for the preggers in their clan? That’s not really my problem, but I'll remain slightly concerned as these freaks only live about a hundred miles away. As a bonus for anyone sticking it out this far in eager anticipation of something which might resemble rationale for why “The Curious Incident…” sucked so bad (in my estimation), I shall now present it. I’d also like to note that the uncomfortable expectation of being leveled by a tornado is about five hundred times more enjoyable than this book. Thus begins the part of the review that I’m assuming will prompt the parents of autistic people worldwide to recommend I go fuck myself, to which I’ll just let them know right now that if I could, I wouldn’t be dicking around on goodreads. If my simple-minded slander is going to bother you, go find something more worthwhile to do. First, by page twenty-five I was just sick of the all the words in bold and all the diagrams and illustrations. Yes, I understand that the story is told from the point of view of an autistic kid, it would be damned hard not to grasp that, but was it really necessary? Is this supposed to be representative of how autistic people think? Who the hell knows, but I personally found it annoying. Secondly, I was also bothered by little Christopher rambling on and on about Super Good Days and Black Days and his favorite colors. I didn’t like him rapping about his skills at Minesweeper and ‘doing maths’ and his proficiency at ‘groaning’. I will give the author kudos that the story was every bit as demanding as dealing with someone with autism, laying belly-down on the floor like a lowly reptile and groaning after seeing a brown paper bag. “Great, you don’t like brown since shit happens to be brown-hued, let’s move on...Seriously.....No, seriously. Dude, I’m not kidding anymore, I get it, you’re not telling me anything new here....Ok, last time, bro, you say it one more time I swear I’ll kick you in the eye.” If I can collectively congratulate society on one decision in the past decade, it would have to be their refusal to allow me to teach ‘special education’. True, I haven’t applied for that unsavory post, but I’m sure anyone could realize that the result would be messier than providing a cage of chimps with ready-made shitballs. Lastly, this autistic kid is walking around with a knife throughout the book and ceaselessly contemplating shanking strangers with it. This (honestly) just absolutely offends me. I’ll make a fair trade; if I can’t drive drunk, autistic people shouldn’t be allowed possession of a knife (or anything more lethal than a wiffle-ball bat). I’m not about to start segregating the results of stupid people liable to make a stupid decision ruining someone else’s livelihood into degrees of malicious intent. Anyway, little Christopher is writing a ‘mystery’ story at the behest of his teacher, and the recent murder of his neighbor’s dog, Wellington, seems like a good enigma to solve. This whole mystery is solved quickly and rather lamely within the story, which is fittingly moronic considering the whole work. From there, Christopher goes on a quest to find his mother, whom he believed deceased, which is absolute crap. This kid’s presence begins to screw up her life, her new lover’s life, and eventually sprawls out to ruin his father’s life, and yes, my life too. It even managed to ruin my girlfriend’s life, as I took my frustrations out by grudge-fucking her to a Helmet album on the rocky and inundated soil of the campsite. In the end, his parents make the haughty decision to try making this kid’s life fulfilling once again. Christ. A happy ending to this drek was genuinely soul-destroying. I’d have preferred something darker; an historical account of an autistic person prior to the recent mollycoddling. It seems like all I hear about these days are autistic kids, and I wonder why history isn’t choc full of anecdotal tales of their presence, where did they all come from? I can only speculate that prior to 1850, once a child displayed the symptoms of autism they were unceremoniously dragged to the nearest river and drowned, or smothered with hay. A story like that would be solid. Imagine this, caveman Thok is hella hungry, and there’s Oog, banging his head on the wall groaning, per usual. Thok comes home with one-slain-gazelle-a-week for the tribe, and Oog’s only contribution is a lot of noise and gibberish, and an appreciable skill of identifying prime numbers, which haven’t been conceptualized and aren’t worth much of a damn. But, today, Oog still has a hunk of some unlucky critter’s hindquarters left over from their recent feast, just laying there looking to be devoured. Pick your own ending of this tragic tale: A) Thok steals the meat and Oog continues groaning, even louder and more gratingly now that he’s hungry. B) Thok finds the nearest sizable stone and bludgeons Oog to death, resulting in an immediately full belly for the hearty hunter and about 85 edible pounds of meat for future consumption should the herd they are stalking decide to take to the hills. C) Thok befriends Oog, begins teaching him the tribe’s language, and Oog eventually ascends to the position of Grand Pooba of the clan, inventing the wheel, harnessing the power of fire, and pushing the frontiers of rocketry to levels still unachieved through his mathematical genius (usually accompanied by groaning). Anyone reading this should be subjected to someone groaning in close proximity until they stop. Then they can tell me how cool that shit is.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Sean

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. 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 suddenly I saw this nice display of red books with an upturned dog on the cover. Attracted as always to bright colours and odd shapes, I picked it up. It's only about 250 pages or so. I read the back cover and was intrigued. I flipped through the pages and noticed that it had over One Million chapters. I 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 suddenly I saw this nice display of red books with an upturned dog on the cover. Attracted as always to bright colours and odd shapes, I picked it up. It's only about 250 pages or so. I read the back cover and was intrigued. I flipped through the pages and noticed that it had over One Million chapters. I was doubly intrigued. So I walked over to the far wall of the bookstore to sit and begin to read a few pages. I always do this to ensure that I don't waste what little money I have on a book possessing nothing more than a flashy cover. (I do the same at the cinema - if I don't like the first 20 minutes, I get a refund. Restaurants, too: if I don't like the first ten bites, I walk out on the bill). This is a book written by a Child Developmental Psychologist - I think that's the right term... - anyway, a doctor who works with mentally or physically challenged youngsters. The novel itself is a first person tale written by a high-functioning, mentally challenged boy in England who wakes up one morning to find his neighbor's dog dead on his lawn. The boy's teacher suggests he should write about the incident, which he eagerly sets out to do. So we have his first "novel", "The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time". He plays Inspector and tries to solve the mystery as Sherlock Holmes would do... Of course, if he's going to write a book, that means he can take control. He hates the way other books have chapter numbers that increase sequentially (1,2,3). He prefers prime numbers and will number his chapters in sequential primes - hence, by the end of the book, you're reading chapter 123,314,124 or whatever (I ain't no math guy ;) Now then, he also writes about other things in his life and through his perspective you get some tear-jerking moments of true, unobstructed humanity: the way his parents broke up because of his state, how he has all these dreams about being someone great and going to a top college, even though you know that his situation will never really allow it. Anyway. I read this book cover to cover sitting on the floor of that Chapters bookstore. By the end of it I was absolutely bawling my eyes out. Never cried so much in my life. In fact, as I type this and think back on that story, I'm dripping on my keyboard (and I'm at my office!). However - these are tears of joy. The boy does it. He can do anything. It's the most uplifting book I've ever read. I highly recommend this book to anyone who feels anything deep down inside.

  4. 5 out of 5

    karen

    pooƃ ʎɹǝʌ ʇou puɐ ʎʞɔıɯɯıƃ ʎɹǝʌ sı ʞooq sıɥʇ if 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 - you can tell it is trying really hard to win all the awards but it has no heart inside. and yet everyone eats it up. C0ME ON!! no one likes gimmicks. come to my blog!

  5. 4 out of 5

    Oriana

    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.

  6. 5 out of 5

    BlackOxford

    Coping With Conscience My 34 year old daughter is severely autistic, and has been since she was seven. No one knows why and the condition has never varied in its intensity. So she is stuck in time. She knows this and vaguely resents it somewhat but gets on with things as best she can. Each case of autism is probably unique. My daughter has no facility with numbers or memory but she does with space. As far as I can tell any enclosed space appears to her as a kind of filing system which she can deci Coping With Conscience My 34 year old daughter is severely autistic, and has been since she was seven. No one knows why and the condition has never varied in its intensity. So she is stuck in time. She knows this and vaguely resents it somewhat but gets on with things as best she can. Each case of autism is probably unique. My daughter has no facility with numbers or memory but she does with space. As far as I can tell any enclosed space appears to her as a kind of filing system which she can decipher almost instantly. When she was twelve I brought her into a cavernous Virgin megastore to get a particular CD. She had never been in the place before, but after standing in the doorway for three or four seconds, she walked immediately to the correct aisle and bin and picked out the desired CD without any hesitation. I have a theory, probably rubbish, that autistic people perceive the world as it actually is or, more precisely, within strictly limited categories that might be called ‘natural’, somewhat in the vein of Kantian transcendentals - space, time, numbers, etc. Most, like my daughter and Christopher, the protagonist of The Curious Incident, have no facility with purely linguistic manipulation - metaphor, lying, irony, jokes, complex allusion, actually fiction of any sort. The world is not just literal, it exists in a way that ensures words are always subservient to things and without imagination that it could be any other way. In my experience autistic people tend to become upset when non-autistic people attempt to reverse the priority by making things subservient to words. This makes the autistic person confused, anxious, and often angry. They appear resentful that such liberties can be taken with what is so obviously reality. In effect, the autistic life is devoted to truth as what is actually ‘there’, stripped of all emotional, figurative, and cultural content. This makes autistic people often difficult to live with. They insist and they persist about things which appear trivial to others. They nag and needle until they obtain recognition. In those areas that interest them, they are capable of splitting the finest hairs to avoid abandoning their perceptions of the world. They may on occasion conform in order to gain a point but they never really give in. They are stalwart in being, simply, themselves. Adaptation occurs elsewhere, not in them. It is, therefore, probably impossible for non-autistic people to live without tension among autistic people. The latter are maddening in the solidity of their selves. They are, in a sense, elemental, for all we know formed in the intense energy of a star in some distant galaxy. Fortunately, the fact that most of us cannot understand their elemental force is not something that worries them very much. Their emotional reactions may be intense but these attenuate rapidly, leaving little damaging residue. Ultimately, perhaps, autistic people are the conscience of the world. And conscience is always troublesome, not because it threatens to judge but because it reveals.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Laurel

    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 boy with Asperger syndrome. This is difficult to pull off, but the author does it well. 3. I enjoyed Christopher's musings about life and the way in which he sees it. 4. I love making lists. Here's what I didn't like about this book: 1. It wasn't really a mystery and I found some of it to be a bit predic 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 boy with Asperger syndrome. This is difficult to pull off, but the author does it well. 3. I enjoyed Christopher's musings about life and the way in which he sees it. 4. I love making lists. Here's what I didn't like about this book: 1. It wasn't really a mystery and I found some of it to be a bit predictable (I guessed who killed Wellington long before it was revealed). 2. The first half is better than the second half. 3. As much as I love making lists (see above), the list thing got the slightest bit annoying after awhile. Overall, a poignant story about a young, brave autistic boy trying to make sense of and find his place in this very complicated world. Worth the read.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin

    I'm not sure what I was expecting but it wasn't this book. I couldn't decide to give 3 or 4 stars so I'm going with 3 because I liked it and 3 is my mid point 😊 I loved the lay-out of the book and the little pictures. I must admit the maths went right over my head!!! I love that Christopher went on a hunt for the evil killer. I wanted that killer to be forked too!!! Overall, it's a good quick read. I finished before bed last night. Happy Reading! Mel ❤ I'm not sure what I was expecting but it wasn't this book. I couldn't decide to give 3 or 4 stars so I'm going with 3 because I liked it and 3 is my mid point 😊 I loved the lay-out of the book and the little pictures. I must admit the maths went right over my head!!! I love that Christopher went on a hunt for the evil killer. I wanted that killer to be forked too!!! Overall, it's a good quick read. I finished before bed last night. Happy Reading! Mel ❤️

  9. 4 out of 5

    Cecily

    Overview First 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) about his investigations of the murder of a neighbour's dog. He loves Sherlock Holmes and is amazingly observant of tiny details, but his lack of insight into other people's emotional lives hampers his investigation. Nevertheless, he has to overcome some of his deepest habits and fears, and he also unco Overview First 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) about his investigations of the murder of a neighbour's dog. He loves Sherlock Holmes and is amazingly observant of tiny details, but his lack of insight into other people's emotional lives hampers his investigation. Nevertheless, he has to overcome some of his deepest habits and fears, and he also uncovers some unexpected secrets. It is primarily a YA book, but there is more than enough to it to make it a worthwhile adult read as well. Prime Chapters and Structural Quirks The structure of the book (chapter numbers are all primes; inclusion of maths puzzles and diagrams) and narrative style (attention to detail, excessive logic, avoidance of metaphor) reflect Christopher's mindset and way of viewing life. It is peppered with snippets of maths and explanations of his condition: how it affects him, and what coping strategies he adopts. The effect is plausibly stilted and occasionally breathless, which is reminiscent of people I know who are on the autistic spectrum and tallies with my limited reading about the condition. (Note that neither autism nor Asperger's is mentioned by name in the book, although in my first edition, neurologist Oliver Sacks does mention it in a quote on the front cover.) Honest but Unreliable Narrator? Christopher's condition makes him very literal - something he is aware of. He can analyse a joke, but still not "get" it. Truth is paramount, so he hates situations where he can't tell the truth (e.g. for politeness) and indeed the fact that "everything you tell is a white lie" because you can never give a fully comprehensive answer to anything. He also hates metaphors (even "the word metaphor is a metaphor", meaning "carrying something from one place to another"), but he doesn't mind similes because they are not untrue. Christopher's feelings about metaphors are highly pertinent to a very different book, China Mieville's wonderful "Embassytown" (http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/...), which is about how minds shape language and how language shapes minds, and focuses on the relationship between similes, truth and lies. Many novels are about uncovering what is true, but Christopher's quest takes the idea to a deeper level, and even though we know this narrator is almost pathologically truthful, his condition means his observations sometimes miss the real truth of a situation. There is plenty of humour, and it usually arises from Christopher's naive misunderstandings of situations and the conflict between his lack of embarrassment and desire to be unnoticed by unfamiliar people. Logic and Truth Christopher loves maths because it is safe, straightforward and has a definite answer, unlike life. He's also good at explaining some aspects, ending an explanation of calculating primes with "Prime numbers are what is left when you have taken all the patterns away". His apparent deviations from logic are justified with ingenious logic. For example, having favourite and hated colours reduces choice and thus stress, counteracting the effect of his inability to filter or prioritise: he notices (and remembers) every detail of everything, and can rewind it at will, whereas other people's brains are filled with imaginary stuff. He is a little like his hero Sherlock Holmes, who is quoted saying "The world is full of obvious things which nobody by any chance observes". Similarly, defining a good or bad day on the basis of how many red or yellow cars is no more illogical than an office-bound person's mood being dictated by the weather. All of this means animals are a better bet than humans: "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". People are more of a mystery: when having a conversation, people look at him to understand what he's thinking, but Christopher can't do likewise. For him "it's like being in a room with a one-way mirror in a spy film". Love is even more unfathomable: "Loving someone is helping them when they get into trouble, and looking after them, and telling them the truth, and Father [does lots of things for me]... which means that he loves me". Comparisons I reread this during a rather stressful journey, including the passages when Christopher is making a stressful journey. It helped me empathise with him - to the extent that it exacerbated my own stress! It's worth comparing this with Iris Murdoch's The Word Child (http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/...), whose main character has tacit Asperger's tendencies, and The Housekeeper and the Professor (http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/...), which is also about finding number patterns in everyday life, and involves a protagonist whose brain does not work like other people's.

  10. 4 out of 5

    C.G. Drews

    2nd Read | October 2018 Ok wow it's been 5 years since I read this and I wanted to reread desperately! I also heard it was actually problematic with the autism rep and at the time of reading I...had no idea of anything about autism...orrrrr that I was actually autistic myself. The things YOU FIND OUT LATER. \_(ツ)_/ So hello, dear reread, time to be critical. I still love it! I don't think the autism rep is perfect, but I don't think it's terrible either?! I know it's all pitched as asperger's synd 2nd Read | October 2018 Ok wow it's been 5 years since I read this and I wanted to reread desperately! I also heard it was actually problematic with the autism rep and at the time of reading I...had no idea of anything about autism...orrrrr that I was actually autistic myself. The things YOU FIND OUT LATER. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ So hello, dear reread, time to be critical. I still love it! I don't think the autism rep is perfect, but I don't think it's terrible either?! I know it's all pitched as asperger's syndrome (which isn't a diagnosis anymore) but Christopher actually reads as someone who is a low-functioning autistic. (I don't like saying "low vs high" functioning, but just using that term for sake of being clear.) It's actually important to not just talk about the autistics who "pass" in society. The sensory overload scenes were intensely right, and it talked about some of the lesser discussed symptoms of autism. For instance, (I forget the technical term) but struggling to realise people don't think/see what you do. It did go light on the stimming, but it was there! My biggest issues with the rep were: (1) the inconsistencies with his skills, (2) that Christopher is, again, the typical white/straight/sort-of-savant-mathematical autism stereotype 😑, and (3) that it pretty clearly leaned towards the "oh autistic people don't have empathy" which is WRONG. We just show it differently. But I love that it didn't end up with Christopher getting "better" or stopping doing anything autistic. THANK YOU. He is still Christopher and autistic by the end...but it's working on fixing his family situation. (And like it frikkin' sucked how Christopher looked down on the other disabled kids in his class.) I also sort of found the math parts + the wild detours to talk in intricate detail about a road sign really annoying. IDK. Maybe just me? It fit with Christopher I guess, but I also felt it was just a stereotypical way of viewing autism. ANYWAY. I still loved Christopher and his anxiety was palpable on page. His family is hella messed up and seeing it from his unreliable perspective was cleverly done, but also heartbreaking. The ending seemed a bit of a random land in a pile of sludge though?? It felt so anticlimatic?! But I read this all in one evening and I LOVE reading books fast. It's a good book, Brent. (Although I admit I'm lowering it to 4 stars from 5. Shhh.) *:·゚✧*:·゚✧ 1st Read | July 2013 Despite the title being a regular mouthful (try saying THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME five times fast), this is a seriously good book. It doesn’t tell a story – it brings YOU into the story. That’s what I look for in a book. Christopher Boone is a mathematical and scientific genius. He also has Asperger’s Syndrome, which can turn complicated mathematics into simple games, but also turn simple things (like colours, or being touched) into complicated horrors. What I loved about this book was: Christopher. (Kind of obvious, I guess, but bear with me.) We don’t just read Christopher’s world: we SEE it. I take my hat off to the author, because it’s not easy to write a book like this, PLUS make the reader empathize with everyone, PLUS write an unforgettable story, PLUS kill a dog, PLUS solve a mysteries, PLUS leave it with such an unfinished ending that I am sitting here writing a review and gnashing my teeth from the combination of sheer awesomeness and feelings of unsatisfactory sadness. (Yes, that was a 69-word sentence. You’re welcome.) I couldn’t put this book down. Literally! I read it in a few hours flat. As the story unraveled, I felt sad and happy and worried and sad (yes, unfeeling reviewer that I am, I DO have feelings. Proof is here). Don’t be fooled. The mystery of who-killed-the-neighbour’s-dog is only a fraction of the story. And the book ends in tears and – but no spoilers. The style fits Christopher’s voice to perfection. Depending on his feelings, the sentences range in length, the narrative becomes clear or lumpy, and the chapters change degrees of intensity. Every couple of chapter, the topic seems to run off – on some spree of mathematical genius. Yes, I confess to being lost on those chapters. I confess that a lot of the extra facts and random notes about the scientific thoughts of space didn’t capture me personally. But it added to the story! It fit. It worked. It was fabulous. And anyone who gets me saying math is amazing and deserves an award. I also like the fact it was set in England. Just sayin’. The book breaks writing rules. Being a writer myself, I appreciate the rules of “show, don’t tell” and “don’t use passive words like ‘was’”. This book (excuse me for not writing out the title again) breaks a LOT of rules. Most of it is plain narrative. The writing gets passive because of that. Do I mind? No. If you’re going to break the rules, do it perfectly, and I’ll have no qualms. THE CURIOUS…(you get the idea) broke all the rules and. i. love. it. for. that. It’s blunt. It’s gritty. It’s painful. Several times I wanted to bawl into pages (but I didn’t, because I wouldn’t want to wreck the book). It touched my bookish soul. Now I know who killed the dog. Do you want to know?

  11. 4 out of 5

    Joe

    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 and diagrams to look at. However, I would not recommend this because it disappointed me and I couldn't, in good conscience, tell anyone to read a book I was disappointed in. I guess my disappointment lies in the fact that not only did my book club tout this as a mystery novel but also many of the li 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 and diagrams to look at. However, I would not recommend this because it disappointed me and I couldn't, in good conscience, tell anyone to read a book I was disappointed in. I guess my disappointment lies in the fact that not only did my book club tout this as a mystery novel but also many of the literary reviews I read as well. What I was expecting was an exciting roller coaster ride mystery about an autistic boy trying to find the killer of his neighbor's dog and, as he slowly sleuths out the killer, finds himself embroiled in dangerous life threatening situations. Kind of like Tartt's The Little Friend told from an autistic POV. However, The Curious Incident... is not a mystery in any way, shape or form and because of this, the autistic POV begins to wear thin by the second half of the novel remaining sometimes fascinating yet sometimes tedious. Instead, you get a novel that starts off as a promising murder mystery. At the first half of the novel, the mystery is solved. Or rather we're unceremoniously told who is the murderer of the dog. From that point, the second half of the novel hugely focuses on Christopher attempting to travel to London by himself. A difficult task considering Christopher is autistic, hates crowds and can't stand to be touched by people. I won't tell who the murderer is or why Christopher takes off to London, as these are the only two real surprises of the novel. I will say overall this was a huge disappointment to me. I thought I was getting an exciting murder mystery and instead I got a highly readable family melodrama. Perhaps if this was not pushed as a murder mystery I would have enjoyed it much more. An interesting read but I wouldn't recommend it.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Huda Yahya

    من أرق ما يمكنك قراءته وهي تحكي عن كريستوفر الفتى المتوحد والعاشق لأفلام شيرلوك هولمز وعبارته الأشهر Elementary, my dear Watson! والذي يحقق بطريقته الخاصة في مقتل كلب جارهم تيمنا بهولمز بطله الخارق وعشقه الأكبر والرواية تسرد على لسان الفتى لتنغمر بكليتك في عالمه الذي صنعه من الحقائق والأرقام وكيفية رؤيته للبشر من حوله من منظوره كمتوحد شديد الذكاء ينسيك كريس نفسك فتندمج شيئا فشيئا بداخل هذا العالم المميز للغاية فتضحك معه وتتسلى بطرائفه وتحب هذا الكون الذي يعيش فيه وحده وتحترمه وتقع في غرامه في نهاية الأمر كاتب من أرق ما يمكنك قراءته وهي تحكي عن كريستوفر الفتى المتوحد والعاشق لأفلام شيرلوك هولمز وعبارته الأشهر Elementary, my dear Watson!‎ والذي يحقق بطريقته الخاصة في مقتل كلب جارهم تيمنا بهولمز بطله الخارق وعشقه الأكبر والرواية تسرد على لسان الفتى لتنغمر بكليتك في عالمه الذي صنعه من الحقائق والأرقام وكيفية رؤيته للبشر من حوله من منظوره كمتوحد شديد الذكاء ‏ ينسيك كريس نفسك فتندمج شيئا فشيئا بداخل هذا العالم المميز للغاية فتضحك معه وتتسلى بطرائفه وتحب هذا الكون الذي يعيش فيه وحده وتحترمه وتقع في غرامه في نهاية الأمر كاتب الرواية هو طبيب نفساني مختص في هذه الحالات وقد استطاع في رأيي وصف ادق التفاصيل بأبسط العبارات وأكثرها تأثيرا استمتعت بهذا الكتاب للغاية ولم أتركه من يدي حتى أتيت عليه

  13. 5 out of 5

    jo

    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 * because there's a christopher boone in me, and a christopher boone in everyone i love or at least try to get along with * because the christopher boone in me loves to see itself written about lovingly, like it's the coolest kid, if not on the block (it will never be the coolest kid on the block), at 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 * because there's a christopher boone in me, and a christopher boone in everyone i love or at least try to get along with * because the christopher boone in me loves to see itself written about lovingly, like it's the coolest kid, if not on the block (it will never be the coolest kid on the block), at least in the annals of literature * because the christopher boone in those i love or at least try to get along with is telling me, "be patient; please, be patient; i'm doing the best i can" * because i understand this plea, since it's a plea i issue myself like 230 times a day

  14. 5 out of 5

    Amanda

    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 learning that you possess so many of those qualities that categorize people as "special needs." I mean, shit. Choosing Item A over Item B because you like the color? Yep. Counting incessantly? Yep. Getting lost in London Underground? Yep. Quirky eating habits? Yep. Getting ridiculously sidetracked durin 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 learning that you possess so many of those qualities that categorize people as "special needs." I mean, shit. Choosing Item A over Item B because you like the color? Yep. Counting incessantly? Yep. Getting lost in London Underground? Yep. Quirky eating habits? Yep. Getting ridiculously sidetracked during storytelling? Yep. Yep, yep, yep. I've got it all. And it wasn't so bothersome at first, but as I read on, I grew to empathize with this kid so much so, that I felt like a fucking crazy person. I'm glad I'm done reading it. Some items of note: 1. Christopher likes maths. I remember when I used to like maths. Maths are fun! 2. Christopher has a pet rat. I remember when I used to have a pet rat. Pet rats are fun! 3. I wish Siobhan was my girlfriend. Well, sorta. I mean, I don't think I'd be satisfied sexually, but still. She seems like a great gal. 4. I have decided that it is impossible for non-crazy people to ever reach peace and comforting solitude. That's why snatching it bit by bit is necessary. 5. I don't want to give birth. Thank you, Mr. Haddon, for the quick read. Life is quite complicated, even outside London, huh?

  15. 4 out of 5

    Jen Terpstra

    Ok, I get the concept. A heartwarming story told from the vantage point of an autistic boy. Heartwarming, eh. Sure. Cerebral? You bet. For the "Literary Snob"? ABSOFREAKINGLUTELY. (Because most of those people LOVE "The Catcher in the Rye"...one of my most hated books of all time...and this book has been compared to that one. I should have known). Look. I'm smart, I'm educated. I'm a professional woman who adores literature and loves to read. I bought this book because I was told that it was GREA Ok, I get the concept. A heartwarming story told from the vantage point of an autistic boy. Heartwarming, eh. Sure. Cerebral? You bet. For the "Literary Snob"? ABSOFREAKINGLUTELY. (Because most of those people LOVE "The Catcher in the Rye"...one of my most hated books of all time...and this book has been compared to that one. I should have known). Look. I'm smart, I'm educated. I'm a professional woman who adores literature and loves to read. I bought this book because I was told that it was GREAT by a couple of friends. I'd also read the reviews. I'll give it a shot, ok? Ack. It took me a full month to get through this book. This from someone who can devour a book in twelve hours (including "masterpieces" such as Memoirs of a Geisha, Jane Eyre and Pride and Prejudice....loved them all). I didn't like it. I didn't find it "lyrical" I didn't find the writing in ANY way "superior" to some of the "genre" authors I read (Nora Roberts anyone?). It left me depressed and out of sorts. And a little pissed off. If that's what makes a "Classic" these days, please count me out. I'll stick with my "silly" genre novels ANY day of the week.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Shawn Sorensen

    I haven’t read a fictional account this heartbreakingly realistic in a long time. Kapitoil was close, but The Curious Incident paints a more complete picture. The book is from the viewpoint of an teen boy with Asperger's syndrome named Christopher - his mom has recently died and he discovers a dead dog in one of his neighbor’s yards. The short list: he doesn’t read people’s emotions very well (like the android “Data” from Star Trek next Generation, if you will), he hates the colors yellow and br I haven’t read a fictional account this heartbreakingly realistic in a long time. Kapitoil was close, but The Curious Incident paints a more complete picture. The book is from the viewpoint of an teen boy with Asperger's syndrome named Christopher - his mom has recently died and he discovers a dead dog in one of his neighbor’s yards. The short list: he doesn’t read people’s emotions very well (like the android “Data” from Star Trek next Generation, if you will), he hates the colors yellow and brown, excels at math, hates to be touched (enter the fist: he breaks out a pretty nasty uppercut when it happens) and often loses his memory when he gets upset. Like many teenage boys, he dreams of long periods of alone time. Since he doesn’t care much about other people’s emotions, he goes around knocking on doors in his neighborhood to ask who killed the dog. So he has your attention right away. He’s a big fan of Sherlock Holmes, who he perceives as the master of objective details that others overlook. Except that no one wants to tell him anything about the dog except the kindly, lonely old Mrs. Alexander, who finally breaks it to the boy that his mom was cheating on his dad. Then a lot more rains down. The dad comes across as calm, especially to a young kid, yet is passive-aggressive person who doesn’t always realize how much clarity his son needs. When he tells Christopher to “drop all this investigation nonsense”, the son considers what he finds out from Mrs. Alexander as “small talk” and not what his dad forbade - “snooping around” the neighborhood asking about a dead mutt. In fact, the father’s passive-aggressiveness and the son’s determination and objectivity make for heartbreaking tension. The crux of the story isn’t about the dog, it’s what the dad keeps from Christopher “until he gets old enough to understand”. Even though he’s autistic, we find out that Christopher is old enough to know anything - and will go way out of his way to find the truth. This is a book that doesn’t end neatly and nicely because life usually doesn’t turn out that way. It just sort of ends. We learn a lot about autism, it’s very defined characteristics and why it’s so difficult for ‘normal’ people to be around. There is no one in the story who treats Christopher the way he wants to be treated except a counselor at school. This is a good story in which we learn a lot about this condition. If the story needs to stall because the narrator is stuck on telling all the facts of a particular situation, then that’s what happens. You don’t necessarily comprehend why everything is written the way it’s written, but it somehow all feels important by the end. I raced through everything regardless. And the boy’s objectivity lends a prophetic feel to some of the things he says. He wonders why people think they’re superior to animals, for example. His thinking is that in a couple of centuries the human race might evolve to where the human beings of today end up on display in a zoo. And if we all kill each other through war or wearing out the planet, then insects could end up being the most superior creatures on earth. He has interesting theories on the constellations, the Big Bang theory, major religions, etc. Sure, a general comparison could be made to the movie “Rainman”, except that this book gives complete attention to the afflicted character, Christopher. It breaks down one of society’s more recent creations - the mental institution, one of the big barriers between “us” and “them”. You discover there’s a ton of humanity and things to consider and learn from someone you may have previously been too nervous to be around.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Ahmad Sharabiani

    19. The curious Incident of the dog in the Night-Time, Mark Haddon The novel is narrated in the first-person perspective by Christopher John Francis Boone, a 15-year-old boy who describes himself as "a mathematician with some behavioural difficulties" living in Swindon, Wiltshire. Although Christopher's condition is not stated, the book's blurb refers to Asperger syndrome, high-functioning autism, or savant syndrome. In July 2009, Haddon wrote on his blog that "Curious Incident is not a book abou 19. The curious Incident of the dog in the Night-Time, Mark Haddon The novel is narrated in the first-person perspective by Christopher John Francis Boone, a 15-year-old boy who describes himself as "a mathematician with some behavioural difficulties" living in Swindon, Wiltshire. Although Christopher's condition is not stated, the book's blurb refers to Asperger syndrome, high-functioning autism, or savant syndrome. In July 2009, Haddon wrote on his blog that "Curious Incident is not a book about Asperger's....if anything it's a novel about difference, about being an outsider, about seeing the world in a surprising and revealing way. The book is not specifically about any specific disorder," and that he, Haddon, is not an expert on autism spectrum disorder or Asperger syndrome. عنوانها: ماجرای عجیب سگی در شب؛ حادثه مرموز برای سگ در شب هنگام؛ حادثه ای عجیب برای سگی در شب؛ نویسنده: مارک هادون؛ انتشاراتیها: (افق، هرمس) ادبیات، داستان كريستوفر، نوجوان مبتلا به اوتيسم تاریخ نخستین خوانش: ماه ژانویه سال 2006 میلاد عنوان: ماجرای عجیب سگی در شب؛ نویسنده: مارک هادون؛ مترجم: شیلا ساسانی نیا؛ تهران، افق، 1384، در 343 ص، مصور، شابک: 9643692035؛ چاپ دوم 1385؛ چاپ چهارم 1388؛ شابک: 9789643692032؛ چاپ هفتم 1392؛ موضوع: داستانهای نویسندگان انگلیسی قرن 21 م عنوان: حادثه مرموز برای سگ در شب هنگام؛ نویسنده: مارک هادون؛ مترجم: ترانه شیمی؛ تهران، هرمس، 1390، در 266 ص، شابک: 9789643637545؛ عنوان: حادثه ای عجیب برای سگی در شب؛ نویسنده: مارک هادون؛ مترجم: گیتا گرکانی؛ تهران، کاروان، 1384، در 272 ص، شابک: 9648497222؛ چاپ دوم 1385؛ نقل از متن: سگه، نه میدوید، و نه خواب بود، مرده بود. پایان نقل. نام داستان برگرفته از یکی از داستان‌های شرلوک هلمز اثر آرتور کانن دویل است. رخدادهای داستان در انگلستان می‌گذرد، داستان شرح سفر پرماجرایی از سوئیندون به لندن است. داستان از زبان کریستوفر بون که پسری مبتلا به اوتیسم است، روایت و بیان می‌شود، و از همین روست که لحن ویژه و بیمانندی دارد. کریستوفر چون اوتیسم دارد از درک رویدادهای عادی زندگی ناتوان است، اما هوش بسیار ویژه ای دارد و دنیا را دیگرگونه می‌بیند. ماجرا با کشته شدن سگی در همسایگی آن‌ها آغاز می‌شود و کریستوفر کوشش دارد تا قاتل سگ را با روشهای ویژه ی خویش پیدا کند. ا. شربیانی

  18. 4 out of 5

    Duane

    This is the story of Christopher Boone, a very likable 15 year old who suffers from Asperger Syndrome, a type of higher functioning Autism. Christopher sets out to solve a mystery; who killed Wellington, his neighbors dog, something he wants very much to do because he is accused of committing the crime. Christopher’s detective work helps him solve some other mysteries along the way, one that is much more important than who killed Wellington.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Greta

    Update: my review may not be interesting, but this one definitely is, so please read it if you read the book or plan to read the book. The author created a negative stereotype of Asperger's and autism and offended the Asperger's community. He's not an expert, has no experience with these disorders and did no research (Mark Haddon's blog). I think this is really important to know when you read the book. I'm not enthusiastic about this book. I kept asking myself this question : does this book reall Update: my review may not be interesting, but this one definitely is, so please read it if you read the book or plan to read the book. The author created a negative stereotype of Asperger's and autism and offended the Asperger's community. He's not an expert, has no experience with these disorders and did no research (Mark Haddon's blog). I think this is really important to know when you read the book. I'm not enthusiastic about this book. I kept asking myself this question : does this book really do justice to autistic children ? I had my doubts. No doubt the thought-processes of Christopher were sometimes accurate, but I think it was overdone most of the time. What also bothered me was the improbability that an autistic kid, who was only allowed to go to the shop at the end of the road on his own, and who has rage and panic seizures regularly, would have a Swiss Army Knife in his pocket all the time. No way! A long time ago, I read a memoir written by a girl who has autism, and I really loved it. It was not a light read, and it left me emotionally drained, as if her life-story was about my own child. In comparison with that book, The Curious Incident was rather a light read that didn't get me emotionally involved. I would recommend this other book to everyone but the problem is I don't remember it's title or it's author. I've done a search and maybe it was this book, but I'm not sure: Nobody Nowhere: The Extraordinary Autobiography of an Autistic While reading the reviews for that book, I stumbled on this review : "I read this book when my own smart autistic son was very young, and was overwhelmed by it -- by the writing, by her memories, by her perspective on herself, and by her journey. It is a story of a brilliant woman trapped inside the odd shell autism creates, suffering inside it alone (and at the hands of her mother) and then beating her way out of it and learning, through trial and error, how to be herself. I don't have it -- I must have given it away -- or I would consult it to be more specific. But I have always kept it in mind as my son and I grow together, trying to figure out which extraordinary parts of him he needs relief from, and which are essential to who he is. All parents of children with autism want to hear the true voice of their kids who are locked inside their autism, and hearing Donna Williams' voice confirms that there are unimaginable riches of character and intelligence and sensitivity, even in the most apparently disconnected. This book is the reason I HATED The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime". Well this review assured me that it's okay to write a negative review for this book, although I didn't hate the book, it only left me feeling cold. 3/10

  20. 4 out of 5

    Will M.

    You can't please everyone, and I guess books can be a good example of that statement. I know a lot of people who liked this book very much, but on the other hand, I also know a few people who would not hesitate to burn this book. I'm on the positive side. I really enjoyed this short novel. I've said this numerous times in my other reviews that I like character driven novels. This book obviously focused on Christopher's development more than the plot's. The author succeeded, because I've gotten at You can't please everyone, and I guess books can be a good example of that statement. I know a lot of people who liked this book very much, but on the other hand, I also know a few people who would not hesitate to burn this book. I'm on the positive side. I really enjoyed this short novel. I've said this numerous times in my other reviews that I like character driven novels. This book obviously focused on Christopher's development more than the plot's. The author succeeded, because I've gotten attached to the little kiddo. I have a soft spot for people, more on children, with disabilities. I can't stomach to be annoyed at them because it's not something they can control. While I don't know anyone personally with autism, the author managed to give justice to the sickness. It's not the best book on autism, but it's a short preview of it. I honestly don't like reading huge novels during the school year. I'd rather read those gigantic books during my breaks because I tend to enjoy them better when read at my own pace. Reading is not a task for me, but it's something that I consider to be leisure. Stress from the university is not something I could control, so reading shorter novels help me unwind at times. It's actually my exam week next week but I managed to squeeze this book in my hectic schedule. I didn't feel like rushing because it was so short to begin with. Aside from being short, it was also really entertaining. Like I said, it's not a novel that everyone's going to love, but I'd recommend taking the risk and find out for yourself. Sometimes the opinion of others may seem right, but in the end it's all about what the novel made you feel after reading. You don't have to go with the flow and hate on something you actually like.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Foad

    ولفگانگ آمادئوس موتسارت با آن که در آن زمان هنوز این اختلال شناخته شده نبود، بعضی با مطالعه ی رفتارهای موتسارت، به این نتیجه رسیده اند که او مبتلا به اوتیسم بوده: قوه ی شنوایی حساس، نیاز به حرکت دادن دائمی دست و پا، و در یک مورد، وقتی حوصله اش سر رفته بوده، پریدن و پشتک زدن روی میز و صندلی ها و در آوردن صدای گربه. آلبرت آینشتاین عدم قدرت ارتباط با دیگران، حساسیت به لمس شدن توسط دیگران، اخراج از مدرسه به خاطر مشکلات یادگیری، و انتخاب مکان های دور از دیگران برای مطالعات فیزیکی، و صد البته، انتخاب مدل ولفگانگ آمادئوس موتسارت با آن که در آن زمان هنوز این اختلال شناخته شده نبود، بعضی با مطالعه ی رفتارهای موتسارت، به این نتیجه رسیده اند که او مبتلا به اوتیسم بوده: قوه ی شنوایی حساس، نیاز به حرکت دادن دائمی دست و پا، و در یک مورد، وقتی حوصله اش سر رفته بوده، پریدن و پشتک زدن روی میز و صندلی ها و در آوردن صدای گربه. آلبرت آینشتاین عدم قدرت ارتباط با دیگران، حساسیت به لمس شدن توسط دیگران، اخراج از مدرسه به خاطر مشکلات یادگیری، و انتخاب مکان های دور از دیگران برای مطالعات فیزیکی، و صد البته، انتخاب مدل موی مسخره ای که قطعاً هیچ انسان غیراوتیسمی، حاضر به انتخاب آن نیست! استنلی کوبریک معروف است که این کارگردان معروف، وسواسی جنون آمیز داشته که همه ی جزئیات بی شمار صحنه های فیلم، دقیقاً همان طور که در ذهن اوست تصویر شوند و به این ترتیب، بارها و بارها، یک صحنه ی جزئی را برداشت می کرده. تیم برتون همسر این کارگردان (هلنا بونهام کارتر، بازیگر) وقتی برای یک فیلم، راجع به اوتیسم مطالعات جانبی می کرده، ناگهان متوجه می شود که بیشتر خصوصیات این اختلال، در همسر او نیز موجود است. افراد دیگری هم جزء این لیست شمرده شده اند، از نیوتون و ویتگنشتاین، تا داروین و میکل آنژ، و حتی لیونل مسی. در داستان مصور "تیمارستان آرکام" یکی از پرستارها راجع به جوکر می گوید: ما نمی توانیم با اطمینان او را تحت "دیوانه" طبقه بندی کنیم، شاید او دارای گونه ای "فرا-عقل" باشد، که در اثر تکامل نوع انسانی ایجاد شده باشد. در این شرایط است که آدم به فکر می رود که آیا اوتیسم حقیقتاً نوعی اختلال است یا نوعی فرا-انسان بودن؟ آیا می توان به صرف این که نابغه ای انعطاف ناپذیر است و نمی تواند با دیگران ارتباط برقرار کند، او را دچار اختلال دانست؟ شاید این ها لوازم نبوغ هستند؟

  22. 4 out of 5

    Loretta

    What a beautiful story! The main character, Christopher, is delightful. A big ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ star read from me! I highly recommend this book to everyone! ☺ What a beautiful story! The main character, Christopher, is delightful. A big ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ star read from me! I highly recommend this book to everyone! ☺️

  23. 5 out of 5

    David Schaafsma

    Re-read for my Fall 2017 YAL class. One of the best YA books ever, wonderful and surprising on so many levels. Very moving. As a parent of a kid with autism and another kid who is spectrum-y, it hits home for me in ways it might not for others. As with many mysteries, it features some misdirection; it appears to be about a kid with Asperger's Syndrome investigating a mystery about a dead dog in the manner of his hero (and also Aspergerish) Sherlock Holmes, but becomes an even richer and ever wide Re-read for my Fall 2017 YAL class. One of the best YA books ever, wonderful and surprising on so many levels. Very moving. As a parent of a kid with autism and another kid who is spectrum-y, it hits home for me in ways it might not for others. As with many mysteries, it features some misdirection; it appears to be about a kid with Asperger's Syndrome investigating a mystery about a dead dog in the manner of his hero (and also Aspergerish) Sherlock Holmes, but becomes an even richer and ever widening investigation of human tragedy and mystery and the complex nature of love and grief. I find it very moving, having read it several times. My feeling this time? That almost half of the book is about the London trip when Christopher goes to see his estranged mother, and maybe that's a little too long; it makes the story into a kind of movie thriller of sorts, when the heart of the book for me is about mysteries, a dog murdered and just what that means for Christopher and his family, relationships, love, the grief and despair of dealing with a kid with special needs, that heartbreak, all stuff I have been through. I was divorced in the process of trying to deal with the anguish and despair and grief of discovering my son had autism, at the same time trying to do everything we could to try to reverse the process. So I could empathize with the parents. One thing that is different in recent readings is that I have watched and rewatched the BBC Sherlock and the American Elementary and I have this as background for a very Sherlock-focused book (it's Christopher's favorite set of stories). I also have been reading Agatha Christie Poirot mysteries, so I have that related background. And, one course I have been teaching focuses on the relationships between psychiatry, the psychic/supernatural, horror/fantasy, spirituality, the literar vs the rational and logical, and some of that figures very much in this book. I had forgotten Christopher talks of faith and ghosts in this book with respect to logic and Reason. There's a consideration of metaphor and story for the purpose of making meaning, since this first person story is told by Christopher for a school project, a story of ever widening mysteries of life. I admit to tears in several places, earned tears from Haddon.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Helene Jeppesen

    This was a truly amazing story told from the point of view of Christopher, an autist boy. Right from the beginning, you are being thrown into this mystery story - which is not really a mystery story but a story about Christopher's life and struggles. This book comes with surprises and I loved that. I think I should've seen them coming but I didn't. Christopher kind of reminded me of Don from "The Rosie Project" by Graeme Simsion. So if you've read and liked that book, there's a chance you will l This was a truly amazing story told from the point of view of Christopher, an autist boy. Right from the beginning, you are being thrown into this mystery story - which is not really a mystery story but a story about Christopher's life and struggles. This book comes with surprises and I loved that. I think I should've seen them coming but I didn't. Christopher kind of reminded me of Don from "The Rosie Project" by Graeme Simsion. So if you've read and liked that book, there's a chance you will like "The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime" as well :)

  25. 5 out of 5

    Paula Kalin

    Brilliant. Absolutely brilliant. What a wonderful experience to read this book. To be taken into the mind of a teenage boy with high-functioning autism is quite extraordinary. To understand how he thinks compared to those of us not autistic is mind opening and thought provoking. This wonderful mystery is told by Christopher who sets out to solve the murder of Wellington, the neighbor's dog. This is no minor feat. Christopher has a difficult time socializing as he can't pick up on nuances or cues Brilliant. Absolutely brilliant. What a wonderful experience to read this book. To be taken into the mind of a teenage boy with high-functioning autism is quite extraordinary. To understand how he thinks compared to those of us not autistic is mind opening and thought provoking. This wonderful mystery is told by Christopher who sets out to solve the murder of Wellington, the neighbor's dog. This is no minor feat. Christopher has a difficult time socializing as he can't pick up on nuances or cues like other people. He doesn't like to be touched which can sometimes get him into trouble. He says what he thinks without having the skill set to understand how others will react which gets him into difficult situations. Told with humor, we get to see how the mind of someone on the spectrum is wired differently than the rest of us. Told using many mathematical references, we also see the intellectual genius of Christopher which is quite common among those with Asperger's. From a personal perspective, my 23 year old son with Asperger's often says to me, "Mom my brain doesn't think like yours". The book shows us this in the interactions he has with his parents and others around him frequently. A fast and enjoyable book for everyone. Don't miss it. 5 out of 5 stars.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Supratim

    I started reading this book with the expectation that it is a mystery novel featuring an autistic sleuth - something like a young Mr. Monk, an American TV shows featuring a detective with extreme OCD and phobias. But to my surprise I found that this book is much more than a mystery novel! A murder has been committed – a dog has been killed with a garden fork – a dog that the narrator Christopher Boone liked. Now, let me introduce you to Christopher. He is a fifteen year old boy who suffers from a I started reading this book with the expectation that it is a mystery novel featuring an autistic sleuth - something like a young Mr. Monk, an American TV shows featuring a detective with extreme OCD and phobias. But to my surprise I found that this book is much more than a mystery novel! A murder has been committed – a dog has been killed with a garden fork – a dog that the narrator Christopher Boone liked. Now, let me introduce you to Christopher. He is a fifteen year old boy who suffers from autism – the blurb specifies it to be Asperger’s Syndrome. Like most autistic people, Christopher has no understanding of social behavior; hates being touched (even by his parents); and has other eccentricities. But, he is pretty good when it comes to subjects like Maths. He has even got some strong views on the subject of religion and dismisses “stupid things” like superstitions. He lives with his father in a small town in the UK. Anyway, Christopher, who is a fan of Sherlock Holmes decides to turn detective. He would have to come out of his comfort zone in order to carry out his investigations, and even tries to find loop holes in his father’s strict orders to stop his sleuthing. Christopher’s investigation would eventually reveal some astonishing secrets about his family and to borrow the clichéd expression - his whole world would turn upside down and Christopher would do the unexpected. Another thing which I liked about the book – • the references to a couple of mathematical problems especially The Monty Hall Problem • the problem around the properties of right angled triangle - these reminded of me of my school days when I did love certain branches of Maths like algebra and geometry I also liked that The Hound of Baskervilles is Christopher’s favourite book (it is my favourite novel in the Sherlockian world too) but A WORD OF CAUTION!!! the author has revealed the entire story in the book. I accept that he did a good job of summarizing the novel that in about 2-3 pages, but this is strict no-no for me. The author has done a pretty good job in describing Christopher and his reactions to the world around. The complex rules of societal interactions and the complicated human psyche are enough to overwhelm the autistic mind. Life is not easy for such people. In my humble opinion, life is even more difficult for the people, especially the parents, who have to take care of such people. Oliver Sacks, the author of my favourite – The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat and Other Clinical Tales, opines about this novel - “A delightful and brilliant book. Mark Haddon shows great insight into the autistic mind... I found it all very moving, very plausible and very funny” I found the book to be moving and poignant, but not funny! I felt especially bad for Christopher’s parents and what they had to go through. Then why the 3 stars!! The beginning and the end were excellent, but towards the end, I felt the story lost its attraction. I would still recommend the novel to readers who would like to read about Christopher’s journey. But, if you plan to read The Hound of Baskervilles, then I would suggest you read the Holmesian mystery before starting with this book.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Trevor

    Another member on Goodreads told me to read this book - I meant to, but didn't until she got annoyed with me for taking so long and sent me a copy. It is a remarkable book - the only thing I can think that is similar to it is perhaps that short story, Flowers for Algernon. My older sister is intellectually disabled, I grew up a science nerd and my daughter is a Sherlock Holmes nut. While I was reading it the central character seemed a strange fusion of the three of us. This book has so many reso Another member on Goodreads told me to read this book - I meant to, but didn't until she got annoyed with me for taking so long and sent me a copy. It is a remarkable book - the only thing I can think that is similar to it is perhaps that short story, Flowers for Algernon. My older sister is intellectually disabled, I grew up a science nerd and my daughter is a Sherlock Holmes nut. While I was reading it the central character seemed a strange fusion of the three of us. This book has so many resonances for me that when I get old and dotty I may even think that I wrote it. (if I thought I could get away with it I would start claiming this now...) If you haven't read this book and have been put off because you think it's a children's book or it sounds a bit silly - don't put it off any longer. It is a beautifully written story that is moving without playing any cheap games with you as a reader. Look, it is a delight. Read it.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Manny

    My older son is autistic spectrum, so this was a must-read. But even if you don't know any autistic people, it's a great novel. The central character is engaging and totally credible. Funny how it's suddenly become cool to be autistic... Lisbeth Salander from Män som hatar kvinnor is the latest and most extreme example. What does that say about our society? Have we been too respectful of people whose main ability is to manipulate the emotions of others, and are we now thinking better of it?

  29. 4 out of 5

    Tea Jovanović

    This one of the editorial acquisitions I'm most proud of... I've bought rights for this novel while it was still in manuscript, before first publication and much before all the awards it received later... Also, I had the pleasure of meeting Mark Haddon twice... His a great author and very nice person and has good memory :) Unfortunately, he didn't sell well in Serbia... I changed him a publisher but with no better results... Due to bad sales he won't be translated into Serbian, most probably :(

  30. 5 out of 5

    ♛Tash

    The first 50% percent of this novel was quite compelling, mainly because of the narrator. The narrator is a teenage boy with special needs and there is something so refreshing about his narrative which isn't bogged down by feelings and repetitive internal monologues. It is not mentioned what type of developmental disorder Christopher, our narrator, has but his behavior is indicative of either Autism or Asperger's. Regardless of what he has, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time gives The first 50% percent of this novel was quite compelling, mainly because of the narrator. The narrator is a teenage boy with special needs and there is something so refreshing about his narrative which isn't bogged down by feelings and repetitive internal monologues. It is not mentioned what type of developmental disorder Christopher, our narrator, has but his behavior is indicative of either Autism or Asperger's. Regardless of what he has, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time gives us a first person perspective of the day-to-day life of someone with developmental disorders. However, a book needs more than a unique POV and narrative style to earn more than three stars from this broad. The novelty of a non-emotional narrative quickly faded to reveal a lackluster plot and an anti-climactic ending.

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