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

Mark Haddon
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.


Reviewed: 2021-10-12
I really enjoyed this book. Christopher was just too pure for the world, and I wanted to hug him, but he would have hated that. Christoper is an autistic boy who finds the neighbor's dog murdered. Initially he is blamed for it because he's found at the scene of the crime cradling the dog. Christopher is then determined to act as a detective like Sherlock Holmes and discover who killed poor Wellington the dog. This book is told in the first person, which usually makes me cringe and stop reading; however, it was so beautifully written that I feel as though I got a chance to see the thinking process of an autistic person first hand. It was very fascinating to see how his thought process worked; how he saw and interacted the world and the people around him. In the middle searching for the killer, Christopher uncovers an entirely different mystery regarding his family. His dad has been lying to him and throws his world into a tailspin. This book is funny and engaging and gives a small bit of insight into the life of a person with autism, and being the parent of a child with autism.
Reviewed: 2021-02-04
Reviewed: 2020-10-24


Reviewed: 2019-05-08
This is a one-trick pony which uses a gimmick to tell a pedestrian and utterly unmoving story. All the critics had the wool pulled over their eyes on this one. The trick could have been used to great effect if any of the other characters around Christopher were worth caring about. Yes, the author makes us care about someone who shows and understands no emotion, but he doesn't have to with the flat and static characters around him.
Reviewed: 2018-08-19

The prime reasons I loved this book:

2. The narrator, Christopher John Francis Boone, is a severely brilliant autistic boy aged 15 years, 3 months, and 2 days and explanation of his  thought processes through the entire book.

3. Christopher's pet rat Toby.

5. The hatred of the color yellow, which to Christopher is considered a bad omen. 

7. Christopher's love for Sherlock Holmes stories and his extreme dislike of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle for his belief into the spiritual and supernatural.

11. The footnotes which give more color unto Christopher's thinking.

13. The level Christopher's father's patience for his son for his idiosyncrasies and his everlasting love.

17. 5-fingered hugs.

19. Metaphors are lies and similes are not.

23. Explanation of math equations.

29. The mystery of who forked Wellington, the dog.

31. The overall story gives you a different perspective of the autistic mind.

41. Prime numbers.

Reviewed: 2018-07-18
Jeez, i thought it would take me 3 weeks to read this book. I actually finished it in only 5 days. Amazing as far as a school-assigned book goes.
Reviewed: 2016-12-17
Sweet book.
Reviewed: 2015-11-28
âPrime numbers are what is left when you have taken all the patterns away. I think prime numbers are like life. They are very logical but you could never work out the rules, even if you spent all your time thinking about them.â

Weird confession. I like prime numbers. They make sense to me. I'm a tiny bit like Christopher, and I think that's why I love this book so much.

What's it all about? It's an interesting perspective into the mind of a boy who is autistic, intelligent in many ways, but still immature to the ways of the world.

Journey with Christopher as he solves the mystery of his neighbor's dog. Travel with him as he strikes out on his own to discover what happened to Wellington, and why. Like me, you might be surprised by the ending. Christopher doesn't necessarily get the answers he wants, but instead gets a lesson in life.

I really enjoyed the different narrator voice from Christopher. I didn't find it gimmicky like some readers, instead I found it to be a delightful journey. Check it out for yourself and see what you think.
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