The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

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Christopher John Francis Boone knows all the countries of thi world and their capitals and every prime number up to 7,057. He relates well to animals but has no nderstanding of human instinct. He an hardl stand to be touched. And he detests the color ellow.

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 illed and his carefully constructive universe is threatened. Christopher sets out to solve a murder in the style of his favourite ( logical) detective, Sherlock Holmes. What follows makes for a ovel that is hilarious, hilarious 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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6
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The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
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Published by Unabridged Audiobook (first published July 31st 2003

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I love making lists.Here 's what I did n't like about th book:1.

As much as I love making lists ( see above), the list thing got the slightest bit annoying after awhile.Overall, a delightful tal about young, brave autistic boy trying to make sense of and find his place in his very complicated world.

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Black Days and Yellow cars.7.

Christopher 's reasons for loving The Hound of the Baskervilles and disdaining Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.13.

Father ’ s fear, and Father 's ove.

“ I sai that .... ” 29.

That every day life, if seen from a certain erspective, can provide the conflict for a compelling novel.

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OverviewFirst person tale of Christopher, a fifteen-year-old with Asperger 's Syndrome or high-functioning autism, and talent for maths, who writes book ( his one- sort of- very post modern) about his investigations of the rape of a neighbo 's dog.

ASD or not? Neither autism nor Asperger 's is mentioned by name in he essa, but he back cover of my 2003 first edition has this quote from neurologist Oliver Sacks that does: " Mark Haddon shows great insight into the autistic mind. " Photo HERE.Prime Chapters and Structural QuirksThe structure of he novel ( 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.

Christopher 's feelings about metaphors are highly relevan to a very ifferent book, China Mieville 's wonderful Embassytown ( see my review HERE), which is about how minds shape language and how language shapes minds, and focuses on the elationship 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 therefore 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 umour, and it usually arises from Christopher 's naive misunderstandings of situations and the struggle between his lack of embarrassment and desire to be unnoticed by unfamiliar people.Logic and TruthChristopher loves maths because it is safe, straightforward and has a definite answer, unlike life.

imilarly, 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 th better bet than humans: " I like animal.

See my review HERE.* Yōko Ogawa 's The Housekeeper and the Professor, which is also about finding number patterns in everyday life, and nvolves a protagonist whose brain does not work like other people 's.

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I ha in th Chapters bookstore in Toronto ( that 's like Barnes and Noble to the Americans in the crowd) and obviously I was just browsing around, rying to kill time.

So I walked over to the far wall of the bookstore to sit and begin to read a few pages.

he novel itself is a third person tale written by a high-functioning, mentally challenged boy in England who wakes up one night to find his neighbor 's dog dead on his lawn.

He prefers prime numbers and will number his chapters in sequential primes- hence, by the nd of he bestsellin, you 're reading chapter 123,314,124 or whatever ( I ai n'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 th top ollege, even though you know that his situation will never really allow it.

I writ a book cover to cover sitting on the balcon of that Chapters bookstore.

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oncept is interesting: narrating the novel through the POV of an autistic boy.

is technically th mystery in any way, shape or form and because of his, the autistic POV begins to wear thin by the firs half of this novel remaining sometimes fascinating yet sometimes tedious.

From hat point, the econd half of he novel hugely focuses on Christopher attempting to travel to London by himself.

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