Mark Haddon

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

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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. Although gifted with a superbly logical brain, Christopher is autistic. Everyday interactions and admonishments have little meaning for him. Routine, order and predictability shelter him from the messy, wider world. Then, at fifteen, Christopher’s carefully constructed world falls apart when he finds his neighbor’s dog, Wellington, impaled on a garden fork, and he is initially blamed for the killing.
Christopher decides that he will track down the real killer and turns to his favorite fictional character, the impeccably logical Sherlock Holmes, for inspiration. But the investigation leads him down some unexpected paths and ultimately brings him face to face with the dissolution of his parents’ marriage. As he tries to deal with the crisis within his own family, we are drawn into the workings of Christopher’s mind.
And herein lies the key to the brilliance of Mark Haddon’s choice of narrator—the most wrenching of emotional moments are chronicled by a boy who cannot fathom emotion. The effect is dazzling, making for a novel that is deeply funny, poignant, and fascinating in its portrayal of a person whose curse and blessing is a mind that perceives the world literally.
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time is one of the freshest debuts in years—a comedy, a heartbreaker, a mystery story, a novel of exceptional literary merit that is great fun to read.
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    julianitarqshared an impression5 years ago

    The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time is the book I chose because I enjoy reading about animals, mostly about dogs. I've never read any books coming from Mark Haddon, but following the main reason I wanted to read the book, I was expecting to read about the dog and its case, which was far from what was really going to happen in the book.

    While reading the book, I highly enjoyed the way Christopher described his surroundings and how he perceived people and events. Christopher, previously mentioned, is the main character, a young boy who has Asperger and he tells the story from his point of view. I liked how he kept the story alive and entertaining.
    It's a novel, focused mostly on mystery. The main theme is the death of the neighbors dog, and how the narrator, Christopher, struggles to find out who the killer was.

    To conclude, I highly recommend this book having in mind that for me it was entertaining from start to end, and it did catch my attention, even-though i get bored easily. People interested in mystery should read it, knowing that the whole reason why the book was narrated was because Christopher wanted the truth to be revealed.

    Dmitriy Pavlichenkoshared an impressionlast year
    👍Worth reading

    Great story. Must read

    Дарья Воронинаshared an impressionlast year
    👍Worth reading
    💡Learnt A Lot

    Интересный стиль повествования. Затронута серьёзная тема!

Quotes

    pranahas quoted2 years ago
    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.
    pranahas quoted2 years ago
    It looked as if it was running on its side, the way dogs run when they think they are chasing a cat in a dream. But the dog was not running or asleep. The dog was dead.
    Rei “sappers” Liptonhas quoted2 years ago
    . People believe in God because the world is very complicated and they think it is very unlikely that anything as complicated as a flying squirrel or the human eye or a brain could happen by chance. But they should think logically and if they thought logically they would see that they can only ask this question because it has already happened and they exist. And there are billions of planets where there is no life, but there is no one on those planets with brains to notice. And it is like if everyone in the world was tossing coins eventually someone would get 5,698 heads in a row and they would think they were very special. But they wouldn’t be because there would be millions of people who didn’t get 5,698 heads.

    And there is life on earth because of an accident. But it is a very special kind of accident. And for this accident to happen in this special way, there have to be 3 conditions. And these are:

    Things have to make copies of themselves (this is called Replication)

    They have to make small mistakes when they do this (this is called Mutation)

    These mistakes have to be the same in their copies (this is called Heritability)

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