The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time

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kaylay20127
May 10, 2018

It's really good and a unique coming of age story.

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AaronBong
Mar 14, 2018

The curious incident of the dog in the nighttime’ is a very addictive book. The book features a character called Christopher, and Christopher suffers from Asperger’s Syndrome, which is a type of autism. Because Christopher has this condition, the book stands out differently than other ordinary books by, writing what he doesn’t understand about ‘normal/ordinary’ people.

Christopher finds a dog murdered by a garden fork and he decides to find the murderer and write a murder mystery book. While trying to find the murderer, he also finds the truth behind his parents. The book offers a great amount of sadness and a huge twist in the story that is not expected. These events all lead up to a adventurous train ride to London.

Overall, i would give this book a 4.5 out of 5 stars. I would also recommend this book to people 13 and over because the book includes a lot of swearing in some parts of the story. The vocabulary used in this book is very easy to understand. It was very fun to read.
Highly recommended.

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madisonzionrose
Mar 04, 2018

Quite a bit of language. Two people living together who are married to other people. (possibly divorced, but it's not made clear.)

I LOVE CHRISTOPHER!! Super unique character voice. Loved it.

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the_bookwyrm
Feb 07, 2018

This was the first book from my library's general fiction collection that I was able to finish, and it's an accomplishment I held dear 5-6 years ago.
And I think it was a fine read? I'll need to re-read it again to refresh my memory.

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Lever35
Jan 27, 2018

Frankly, I thought it well written, but not with any simple humour - and cannot agree with the comments on the book jacket, that "it is funny". Also wonder how many 13 year olds would really enjoy it, but perhaps I'm too old to appreciate it (and I do have 2 wonderful autistic children in my extended family).

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GRHaines
Jan 21, 2018

An outstanding read all around. Written from an interesting perspective, even the little touches like the style of chapter numbering add to the overall experience.

LoganLib_Aavishka Dec 01, 2017

A very captivating and intense, but at the same time, a light hearted and sweet story. This is the story of a young boy with a photographic memory, a boy who is very clever and witty, who sees the world in a different but beautiful and unique way. This book was not what I was expecting at all. To be honest, I wasn't sure what to expect as I made the decision to read this book. However, what I do know is that this book exceeded all my expectations and was a fantastic book, written beautifully and with so much passion. I was captivated and found I could not put this book down until I had read it completely. It had the right amount of humour, sadness and even a twist which you don't see coming.

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Starpoem
Sep 23, 2017

Christopher, the main character in this book, faces tough situations that are sometimes even painful to read about. But you will be rooting for him all the way. He has an interesting worldview, and he demonstrates strength in the face of adversity.

One odd thing about this book: the author and all the characters are British, and the vocabulary is British ("tea" as a meal, "dungarees" instead of "overalls," etc.)...yet the spelling is American. Why would an editor make the decision to change "metres" to "meters," "pyjamas" to "pajamas," etc.? It makes the text seem inauthentic and dumbed-down. I noticed the same thing in the book Code Name Verity. If this is a new trend in publishing, I don't like it.

AL_STEFFEN Sep 19, 2017

A book about a protagonist with autism that never mentions autism, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time is well written, somewhat sad and very much worth reading.
Main character Christopher finds a dog murdered by a gardening fork. He embarks on a quest to solve the murder that culminates in a harrowing train ride to London that is a somehow more satisfying than the novel's conclusion.

Catmamakim Sep 03, 2017

A delightful, easy-to-read book about an autistic boy experiencing life from his perspective. An eye-opener for someone like myself who does not have anyone close to me who is autistic. I loved the simple humour and the sweet ending. Highly recommended!

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stefeni1
Jun 13, 2017

I enjoyed this book when I read it several years ago. I saw the play over the weekend. I enjoyed the play and so did my husband who hasn't read the book.

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AlteredStaite
Apr 19, 2017

I liked this book and I don't often say that anymore. I can see how some highbrow snobs may look down their noses at it but not every story has to be filled with pathos, violence and sex to be a good read.

The writing was charming and sad and funny and enlightening with getting all preachy. I empathized with many of this kid's issues and envied him in that he was 'special' enough to get away with living in a magical world so many of us would love to run away to and lucky enough to have such wonderful support systems (however flawed).

I needed a satisfying quick read before I tackle another tomb and it filled the bill.

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susan_findlay
Apr 07, 2017

I read books for the characters, and Haddon did a beautiful job of developing the main character of this book. Told from the first person perspective, the narrative voice is charming and credible. This is a child (teenager?) who actually sounds his age rather than sounding like a miniature adult.

The majority of the book is actually tangential information (much of it mathematical) because the point of the book is to communicate how the autistic brain works, how easily it's overwhelmed, how easily it's distracted and how the person copes. But rather than listing it dryly as I just did, you experience the overwhelming and the distractions and the coping strategies with the main character. You also get some insight into how his parents have (or haven't) coped with the limitations imposed by his autism (no hugging, for example) - though this is all filtered through the lens of the main character.

The plot had a little more to it than I was expecting and the story was fine, but the story isn't the point. It's a vehicle to showcase the character.

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kwsmith
Feb 24, 2017

Told from the unique perspective of a high-functioning autistic boy, this light mystery novel packs an emotional punch. Haddon made me realize that some people see the day-to-day world very differently than most of us. Sometimes even small differences in your perspective can have rather dramatic consequences. There are a handful of simple math puzzles in the book which are fun to solve!

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MajorMajorX2
Sep 22, 2016

What an unusual and great book. I read this in honor of banned book week (probably for language I'm guessing). It really gives you a great insight into the mind of someone with Autism. It's a great mix of mystery (which you will figure out long before the main character) and adventure all written from a 1st person perspective. One big lesson I learned: If you are a parent there are some things you should just lie about!

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Sep 08, 2016

This book was definitely different than most other books I have read. The book starts of slightly disturbing, but by the time you are a few chapters in, you understand what's is going on and you better understand the perspective of the narrator, which, if you have read this book before, you know is essential in understanding this story. If you understand who the narrator is, then you will realize why there is never really a solid plot to this story, and why it lacks a lot of detail and descriptions. The characters are as developed as they could be without the narrator giving us much description, but you soon know who you don't like and who you do. Although this book is about a 15 year old boy, it feels like you are reading through the perspective of a little child, instead. One of the things that had be glued to this book was because of how different it is compared to anything else I have ever read. It was interesting in that sense, so I kept on reading. Although I didn't like some of the language used in this book, I still think it was a good read. It was definitely new and interesting to read through the perspective of 15-year old Christopher.
- @Alicat15 of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time follows Christopher, a 15 year-old genius who suffers from a mental disability (likely Asperger’s syndrome although the book never specifies). His neighbour’s dog was stabbed to death and he takes it into his own hands to solve the mystery of who killed it. The story is told from Christopher’s perspective, which is a very interesting point of view as you can follow his thought process and logic to his behaviour while it seems irrational to the others around him. The book covers some great, heavy-handed themes with amazing execution and is incredibly well written. The plot can be scattered at times but it all ties back to the main story and adds to it. This is a very interesting novel and it’s absolutely worth reading. 5/5 Stars
- @Fulton of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

This book was quite a surprise!
This book is about a extraordinary different kid going through some tough times in his life with his family, school, and friends. The book really taught me about how to think in certain situations that Christopher is going through. In every chapter there is a mathematical riddle which really makes you think and have fun. If you are into mathematical riddles and and interesting fiction, then this is the book for you! I really enjoyed this book, it does take some time to figure out the riddles but it’s fun once you get to the answer! Hope you enjoy. -@momo of the Hamilton Public Library's Teen review Board

IRTIQARASHID Aug 31, 2016

Very nice book

kisanet18 Aug 11, 2016

A very charming, insightful, engaging book. From the perspective of a 15-year-old boy who has a kind of high-functioning autism, who gives the reader's a unique point of view and more insight into the condition.

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britprincess1ajax
Aug 04, 2016

A unique book from the perspective of an autistic boy, THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME was originally meant as a children's book, but it became a book beloved by all ages. It tells the story of Christopher, an intelligent boy who sees the world through a different scope. With reality edited through his eyes, the narrative becomes a fascinating discovery of the matters of Christopher's home life. Considering the unique style and unfolding of events, I definitely recommend this novel.

TVFAN Feb 10, 2016

Great read about an autistic teen named Christopher who solves a mystery or two while making sense of the world around him. It was a fast paced read that I couldn't put down. 4 out of 5 stars.

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velvetcactus
Feb 08, 2016

I had to read this for a book club and I resented the time it took away from far better books I could have my nose in.
I could have done without the gratuitous cursing. The narrative was extremely annoying, so much so. I just skipped all of the mostly mathematical bouts of inattention. (I don't believe the author correctly portrayed those with Asperger's.) The subject matter was not exactly uplifting. The author lost me at the dog's demise.

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pdxalexa
Jan 16, 2016

An intimate look into Aspergers. It's gifts and challenges. Some eye opening moments in a book that seemed all too real at times. One caveat, for me at least, the lead character was unlikeable. I guess that's some of the fallout from having Aspergers.

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paintingmousha
Jan 10, 2016

Brilliant!

falsedichotomy Sep 04, 2015

I really enjoyed reading this book. I have a couple friends with Aspergers and I liked that the author didn't play-up the character's differences too much, but remained pretty accurate. We are, after all, different human beings. I'd recommend this for those curious about how other's see the world, and for a good, quick mystery novel.

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kmarushy
Aug 25, 2015

I liked it. It wasn't, however, the "BEST BOOK OR MOST ORIGINAL THING OF THE YEAR" as all the quotes on the back proclaim. Compelling character, compelling journey... a nice quick read. But it didn't blow my mind. The voice of the narrator, though authentic, wasn't enough to make this the must read book of the summer.


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