The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time: (Broadway Tie-in Edition)

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time: (Broadway Tie-in Edition)

by Mark Haddon

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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 hates the color yellow. 

The improbable story of Christopher's quest as he investigates the suspicious death of a neighborhood dog makes for one of the most captivating, unusual, and widely heralded novels in recent years

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ISBN-13: 9781101911617
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 11/25/2014
Series: Vintage Contemporaries Series
Edition description: Media Tie
Pages: 240
Sales rank: 346,966
Product dimensions: 5.10(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

MARK HADDON is a writer and illustrator of numerous award-winning children’s books and television screenplays, as well as the novels The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time, A Spot of Bother, and The Red House, as well as a collection of poetry, The Talking Horse and the Sad Girl and the Village Under the Sea  As a young man, Haddon worked with autistic individuals. He teaches creative writing for the Arvon Foundation and at Oxford University. He lives in Oxford, England.

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It was 7 minutes after midnight. The dog was lying on the grass in the middle of the lawn in front of Mrs Shears’ house. Its eyes were closed. 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. There was a garden fork sticking out of the dog. The points of the fork must have gone all the way through the dog and into the ground because the fork had not fallen over. I decided that the dog was probably killed with the fork because I could not see any other wounds in the dog and I do not think you would stick a garden fork into a dog after it had died for some other reason, like cancer for example, or a road accident. But I could not be certain about this.

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The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition) 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1490 reviews.
NRtrack More than 1 year ago
I knew from the very start i was going to like this book. Haddon, the author, writes this book from the point of view of an autistic child. I personally know people that are autistic and Haddon did a fantastic job of capturing day-to-day life of an autistic child. When i started reading the book, i realized that it would not be like any book I have ever read. Like any book it started of with chapter one, however, the next chapter was numbered three. In the beginning of the chapter the boy (who is writing this book) went of on a tangent explaining that the chapters will be prime numbers because prime numbers make him feel calm. I enjoyed it because some books get boring because they have a plot and all you do is read about it. However, every other chapter in this book diverted from the main plot to talk about something random, because this is how the mind of an autistic child works. Throughout the book i found my self almost getting annoyed by the way the boy acted, then i realized this is because the author did such a great job of captivating the real life of an autistic child. This is written by a British man so the language is very harsh. If you want a great book to read, this is it
Aisha_Renee More than 1 year ago
I didn't know what to expect when I picked it up in the store, but I'd heard it was good. Only on about page ten, I found it hard to put down. No doubt, looking at life through an autistic boy's eyes was different, yet intriguing at the same time. Christopher Boone speaks his thoughts, and they made me think of life in a way I hadn't before. There were basically two plots in this book: Who killed Wellington, and if his mother's dead, where is he getting these letters from? Nonetheless, a good read that was full of mystery until the very end.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is a very easy read. It is written from the perspective of a autistic fifteen year old. Although some people say this book was poorly written and did not have a good plot. The story was not a story to tell about how the autistic boy discovered who killed the dog, but rather a story to show what life is like for people with special needs. Having some experience with mentally disabled, I found this book super interesting. It shows that people with disabilities are not stupid. This boy was great at math. I know a guy with down's syndrome who could tell you the day of the week you were born on within five seconds of you telling him the date of your birth. This book was written to have a profound meaning. Instead it was written to show that people with disablities are still people.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ok , I havent read this book, but my son who HATES to read was given this in his senior English class...he comes home everyday excited about the book. So my review is this...if it grabs HAS to ne great!
KatrinaO More than 1 year ago
Eccentric, brilliant, simple, easy and unique. A must read for anyone wanting to understand how the autistic mind works. For a teacher like me, handling some kids under this condition, this opened up my eyes on the reality on what’s keeping these special people distinct. Brilliant work.
KyleG More than 1 year ago
I gave "The curious incident of the dog in the night-time" by Mark Haddon four stars out of five stars. I chose four stars because overall it was a great book, this book made me want to turn the pages and read more. I loved trying to find out who killed Mrs. Shears dog, with Christopher the main character. I was very suprised to find out that Christopher's mother has been alive all along. The only reason why I didn't give this book five out of five stars was because I was confused at different parts of the story, that I had to re-read, but other than that this book was really good. I would recommend this book to many different people, but mainly to ages 13 and older. I really hope that there is a sequel to this great book.
PCakes23 More than 1 year ago
"I have decided to give my chapters prime numbers 2, 3, 5, 7, 11, 13, and so on because I like prime numbers", is how the young boy starts off this facinating story into a world which one could only wonder what a young autistic person life is really like. Your seeing everything through his eyes(words). The young boy tries to solve a mystery about the neighbors pet dog while finding out some information thats devastating to him. You will not be able to put this book down. The curious incident of the dog in the night-time will definately be a book that you will always love.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Why do readers feel they must write 3 - 5 pages of plot summary, revealing story elements and ruining it for those who want to read the book? Did these people ever read a review? A review is not a retelling of the story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
About fifteen year old autistic boy Sometimes harder to comprehend Swears quite a bit (say its more for older teens and young adults) Realy interesting Love this book so much But one question, Where does it say he has aspergers? Every one is ridiculing the author, did i miss something in the book? Anyway, realy good read Definetly recomended. Peace ; )
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Asperger Syndrome and an incident that leads to multiple discoveries, is what this book is about. The main character and narrator is Christopher John Francis Boone and he has Asperger Syndrome and he lives with his dad and his pet rat, Toby. His mom dies when he was young, or so he thought. Christopher isn¿t your average kid. He despises anything yellow or brown and loves the color red. For example, if someone gave him corn, he would not eat it, but tomato soup, he would. Christopher also will not eat what is on his plate if the foods are touching each other and he also doesn¿t like people touching him. On the bus to school each morning, Christopher counts cars. Not just any cars though, how many red cars in a row and how many yellow cars in a row. For example, three red cars in a row made it a quite a good day, four would make it a good day, and five would make it a super good day, but if it were four yellow cars in a row, it was a black day. Black days for Christopher would include is not speaking to anyone, sit on his own reading books, don¿t eat lunch, and take no risks. Maths is one thing Christopher is really good at. He takes time out of his stories to talk about interesting subjects that I¿m sure you never knew like knowing all the countries in the world and all their capitals along with knowing every prime number up to 7, 5057. Christopher started to write the book because of Wellington, a neighborhood dog. Christopher found Wellington dead one night and wants to find out who did it. In order to find out who killed Wellington, Christopher has to deal with many surprises that come with it. Even if it means learning that he has been lied to for a long time and an adventure to London. It¿s a good read and I would suggest it to anyone who is into books where the narrator gets off topic every now and again.
Durden More than 1 year ago
This book's a nice quick read for the experienced. There are a number of instances to read and reread parts to better understand the idea or problem that the main character is talking about. There are plenty of illustrations to help the reader with this. The worst part of this book is that it feels like you are reading a paper by a kid in middle school. However, this does work into the story. Bottom Line: If you enjoy reading and are looking for a good book to ponder and talk over, buy it.
Erika_Hoover More than 1 year ago
This author does a great job of getting inside the head of an autistic boy.
Guest More than 1 year ago
When Mark Haddon's book, 'The Curious Incident...' first came out, the reviews were just short of gushing. Having finally read it, I think those reviews reflect more of their authors¿ sense of political correctness than the book¿s author¿s accomplishment. To state that accomplishment fairly, Haddon takes us into the mind of an autistic fifteen year old and offers an interesting hypothesis regarding how that mind might work. That said, however, this book is awful. The title refers to a dead dog that Christopher, the central character, finds on his neighbor¿s lawn. Neither the scene, nor the neighbor when we meet her, is at all charming. Christopher ¿investigates¿ the incident, thereby making the book a murder mystery in the overly eager eyes of some reviewers. But in actuality, the book is a chronicle of how Christopher thinks. As anyone knows who has dealt with an autistic child or adult, the experience can be frustrating in the extreme. Here we are given as much insight as the narrative voice is capable of giving of Christopher¿s likes and dislikes. We receive, however, only the barest glimpses of the living hell his parents endure on a daily basis, for we see their lives through Christopher¿s eyes, and Christopher is incapable of empathy. Reading this book reminded me of nothing so much as Peter Sellers¿ ¿Being There,¿ and watching Chauncey Gardner simply move along on the current of life, never really engaging with the world around him. I did not find that movie entertaining either, although the critics¿ embrace of Haddon¿s book does remind me of the acclaim that greeted Chauncey¿s inane utterances in that movie. Christopher¿s parents remain two-dimensional at best, and the rest of the characters merely form a backdrop for Christopher¿s skewed musings. The repeated glimpses of his mathematical skills are overdone and display only the author¿s apparent delight in his own cleverness. They, and ¿Christopher¿s¿ endless drawings, bored me silly. Except for perhaps those directly impacted by autism, I cannot imagine anyone finding this book at all enjoyable, particularly informative, or in any way uplifting. Avoid it at all costs.
GabbyGarbarini More than 1 year ago
I give the book “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time”, written by Mark Haddon, three out of five stars. Overall I did not enjoy reading it, as the plot was difficult to follow along with. I found that I had to go back and reread sections several times, just so I could obtain a better understanding of what was happening. I know that I don’t like this book for reasons pertaining to the writing, as I normally do enjoy reading books in the Mystery genre. The language was almost too comfortable for me, as the vocabulary was simple— although, the plot might have been extremely difficult to follow had the language had been any more challenging. I also did not feel the conflict to be particularly enthralling; I could put the book down any time I wanted to. Even when I had just begun reading it, I could tell I would not find any pleasure in reading Haddon’s writing. The novel takes place in the year 1998 in and around the town of Swindon, England, which is a setting I find to be uncommonly used in writing, to my satisfaction. There are a few reasons why I decided on three stars instead of none. I liked the uncommon setting, as I previously stated. It sets the book apart from other books set in the big city or in the generic small town. The perspective of a child with Asperger’s Syndrome is also one thing that makes this book so special. I guess most people enjoy reading through the eyes of an autistic child because writing is so rarely done in the perspective of someone with a disability. There is a theme of order and stability throughout the writing, that I found to be compelling. The main character, Christopher Boone, finds comfort in some uncanny logic and order to things. The way he hates anything yellow or brown, and has to make his favorite food red with food dye before he eats it is really fascinating to me. I believe this is possible because I somewhat relate to it. When I am turning the volume up on the television or radio, the number must be on either an even number or a multiple of five. It can bother me to a great extent. Despite the fact that I did admire certain aspects of Haddon’s novel, I do not believe I would have even finished the book if I didn’t have a thing for always finishing books I have started. It was like a burden every time I picked up the book to read more. Eventually when I came to the resolution, it was like a weight had been lifted off of my shoulders. However, I notice another aspect I did like was the consistency in the personality of the main character. The author did not change Christopher in certain parts to make him more likeable to the reader. At the end, when his father attempts to make Christopher forgive him, he doesn’t make it easy. They both recognize that they will have to work to regain a trusting relationship.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed reading this book. The author made you see what goes on in the mind of someone with Aspbergures. I would recommend it to others.
ww1234 More than 1 year ago
I was looking for books to read and I came across this book called The Curious Incident of the dog in the Night Time by Mark Haddon. Someone went to Mrs. Shears house because they saw a dog that was killed and they were sitting by it. A little time went by and Mrs. Shears came out and started yelling and cussing at this person. The boy is only 15 years old and the cop tried to pick him up and he hit the cop. Christopher's dad came to the police station and picked up Christopher. Christopher went to school the next day and when he came home he told himself that he was going to figure out who killed Wellington. Christopher saw the pitchfork that the dog was killed with. Christopher then decided that he was going to go to all the houses on his street and ask them questions about Mrs. Shears dog. Christopher was eating his supper that night and his dad asked him what he was doing in Mrs. Shears back yard. Christopher’s dad made Christopher promised that he will stop investigating. While he was there he saw Mrs. Alexander and they started talking to each other. Find out who killed Wellington and how Christopher’s adventure goes by reading the story... The author did a very good job explaining all the details from the story and the book showed everything that happened. The author did an awesome job of describing the main character, Charlie. It was written very well. Every little thing that happened he would describe it and even describe it more. So he had the details very well. The author could have shared more information about Mr. Shears. I felt that it didn’t share enough about him and then he just all of a sudden pops up in the story. Also I feel that Christopher’s mom didn’t have enough information. He only shared a little bit and that was all. So I feel like the author could have done a better job explaining all of the characters. I thought this book was very good and interesting. It wanted me to keep on reading it and not stop. When I started reading this book I was thinking like what the heck because it was a little weird with the chapters. But eventually I got used to it and when I found out why it was like that I thought it was actually pretty cool that they did that. I like it alot because I have a bunch of connections to the book. It was a really interesting book.   I think high schoolers would be a good choice of reading this book. Even middle schoolers would read this book. Also people who like investigation type things. When reading the book there were a bunch of spots that the author stops at and it gives the reader a feeling that the author should have kept on writing the book.
Tim4 More than 1 year ago
Excellent Book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed reading this book. It's been a while since I've sat down and enjoyed some good old brain exercise, and I'm glad I decided to read this one. Although I have to admit I did guess Father was the one to kill Wellington; however, it definitely didn't ruin the story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Christopher Boone is a very peculiar 15-year-old, not because he is autistic, but because of the unique way in which he experiences the world around him. Christopher is a mathematically gifted and is a very open minded when it comes to perspective. With two supportive parents that love him dearly, his life is excellent. But Christopher’s sense of reality takes an unusual twist when his mother is spontaneously ill, and is said to have passed away in the hospital of a heart attack. And to add even more tension to his life, Mrs. Shear’s dog, which lives across the way, has been murdered and Christopher has been mistakenly blamed. To his father’s disapproval, Christopher further investigates the case, discovering not only that his mother may still be alive, but that she lives in London with Mr. Shears. So, he finally decides to make the long treacherous journey alone to London, to try and get away from the one who murdered Wellington, after finding he lives closer to the murderer. “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time was a very unique novel. What is most remarkable in the story is Christopher’s perspective and the way in which he handles the different conflicts throughout the story. It makes one realize the little things in which most would overlook, and helps also to appreciate them, which could definitely be considered one of the books inner strengths. One of the most significant values I’ve come to learn while reading this book is that no matter who a person is, they have the ability, capability, and potential to overcome any obstacle as long as they put their mind to it. Some would’ve doubted Christopher’s capability of traveling all the way to a foreign and distant city alone. But by being the young, intelligent, curious, and strong man that he has become throughout the course of the novel, he is able to soar past the expectations of modern day society. “... I will get a First Class Honors degree and I will become a scientist... And I know I can do this because I went to London on my own, and because I solved the mystery of Who Killed Wellington? and I found my mother and I was brave and I wrote a book and that means I can do anything.”
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
As a teenager struggling with autism, Christopher Boone does not see the world the way that most other “normal” people do. His brain does not process and interpret other people’s expressions and vocal tones. This makes his communication with others filled with anxiety. Things like crowded and noisy places upset him greatly. He will usually react strongly if he is touched in any way, whether it was intended to be friendly or not. He loves to work on his maths and also to be alone, with his pet rat, Toby, at his side. Christopher’s life differentiates from its usual routine when a neighbor’s dog is found dead with a garden fork stuck through it. Christopher then gets out of his comfort zone to find out who killed the dog. His investigation brings about unexpected adventures and revelations that lead to him making some unexpected actions and decisions that only the unique Christopher Boone could make. Mark Haddon perfectly writes the plot of this book by dodging the feel-good and expected routes that you would think would take place in this story. He also brilliantly shows both views of the relationship by showing how Christopher thinks of his dad and how Christopher’s dad thinks of Christopher. The author also does an incredible job of allowing the reader to feel for a short time that he or she is in the position of someone with the medical condition that Christopher has. Haddon’s main message that I will take away from reading this book was that people with autism are not as “weird” as you may think when you see how they act, because there is definitely a kind of logic behind their actions. “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.”
KBaker13 More than 1 year ago
¿The Curious Incident of the Dog and the Night-Time¿ was a different kind of story. Instead of giving endless details and insight into the feelings of the character, the author did just the opposite. Mark Haddon wrote a book through the eyes of Christopher, an autistic boy who has decided to solve the murder of his neighbor¿s dog. While his intentions were only to find a killer, he ends up discovering much more than he bargained for. Christopher¿s life is turned upside down in this logic ridden story of finding the truth even if you weren¿t looking for it. Through his journey, Christopher must try to understand the ever so confusing emotions of people and use his common sense to find the true murderer of the dog Wellington. Though this book wasn¿t my favorite of all time, I did enjoy reading it. At first, I didn¿t really understand the writing style or point of the book. But once I read further I understood the point of view the story was from, and it had a way of giving perspective of what life for kids with autism is really like. I believe that others should definitely read this book if they get the chance. Haddon¿s message that we all see the world differently is very powerful and clear in this story. And to Christopher ¿Lots of things are mysteries. But that doesn¿t mean there isn¿t an answer to them. It¿s just that scientists haven¿t found the answer yet.¿
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was immediately drawn into this book from the moment I started reading it. The chapters are almost like journal entries, this combined with the first person perspective really kept me interested in the characters and story.
Mack3 More than 1 year ago
I thoroughly enjoyed the story line. The author provided a unique perspective on a challenging subject.
Craters More than 1 year ago
I picked this up because of the cover and a quick preview, and following finishing this book I wasn't completely disappointed. The story is told through the viewpoint of a 16-year old autistic boy. His thoughts are very straightfoward and uncomplex. However there are some things to consider that were brought up in this book such as the perception of feelings. It's a quick and easy read, simple vocabulary and I recommend it to those who can enjoy that.
Teganelizabeths More than 1 year ago
This is a book written from the perspective of a 15 year old boy with autism. The boy decides to write a mystery novel, when he becomes involved in the killing of a neighbor's dog. It was interesting to read the book because the main character Christopher had such a unique take on the world around. Everything through his eyes needed to be in a special order for him to understand it, and reading this book helped me to better understand people with autism. Also, the story had some great unexpected twists and turns that make it a fun and fast read. I would recommend this book to almost anyone looking for a good book! It was definitely better than I thought it would be!