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User Review  - Neale - LibraryThing

An unusual book. Similar to The Rosie Project. Offers a different look at the world and and how that different look alters your experience of the world. I like the maths parts of the book. Its a short book with short chapters and worth a read. Read full review

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User Review  - EadieB - LibraryThing

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 ... Read full review

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User Review  - nicolewbrown - LibraryThing

The book opens in Swindon, England with an autistic young man, Christopher Boone, discovering a poodle that had been murdered with a fork (garden tool) stuck through it. Christopher finds himself ... Read full review

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User Review  - aeceyton - LibraryThing

I loved this book. I was gripped by the narrator's voice instantly, letting him take me into his world-view. I'm not saying i cried at any point but i did have to put it down for a day when i got ... Read full review

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User Review  - christinedux - LibraryThing

Meticulously imagines the frustrations of an autistic's world, where sensory intake is heightened but the capacity to process information diminished. Read full review

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Even though I am not autistic, I strongly identify with many if Christopher's experiences in this wonderful story. I even solved the math problem at the end. Well, half of it anyway.
I love math
and and this was such a human way to connect with it. Thanks for writing such a fantastic story Mr. Haddon! 

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In my lifetime I’ve had several encounters with people diagnosed with autism and other behavioral disorders, and I’ve never been able to understand the way they view the world. The few I’ve gotten to know admit that they think differently than other people, but they haven’t been able to put it into words. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time did exactly what these people struggled to do: put it into words. Although Mark Haddon didn’t write it about someone with autism or any specific diagnosis, he demonstrates to the reader the mindset of a teenage boy who views the world differently.
When the neighbor’s dog Wellington is killed, Christopher sets out to find the killer and writes the book as a murder mystery novel. Although the story does have many characteristics of this genre, it changes as Christopher’s life turns upside down from things he discovers hardly related to the original incident. The entire story is written from his point of view, and early into the story he introduces himself with “My name is Christopher John Francis Boone. I know all the countries of the world and their capital cities and every prime number up to 7,057.” Although he is a genius in the subjects of math and science, he lacks necessary social skills for even basic communication, which is an interesting twist to a murder mystery novel. I think the character of Christopher makes this book stand out from other ones of the same genre, and was the reason I found it fascinating.
The setting of the story is another exciting element, as most of the novel takes place in the town of Swindon, but Christopher also travels to London. The change from the familiar to the unknown is difficult for Christopher to handle. He feels safe in the quiet place where he grew up in, but is lost in the vast new city he finds himself in.
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time follows a boy’s journey to uncover the truth that many try to discourage him from finding. I highly recommend it to anyone looking for a good read.
 

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This is one of the most original and spellbinding novels I've read in years. It is written from a perspective of an autistic teenage boy in an incredibly convincing way. The book starts as a murder-mystery, and although the murder of a dog may not sound like the most pressing crime that you need to read about, the reader is quickly drawn into the story. What makes the whole situation unique is precisely the autistic perspective of the narrator. The familiar world that we all take for granted is transformed, and the crime mystery is that much deeper due to the fact that the protagonist is striving to understand the world that he lives in on top of the facts of the crime. As the story progresses we become more and more taken by the protagonist, and manage to rediscover some of the basic truths about our own lives from a new and honest perspective. 

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Wonderfully written from an autistic teen's point of view. Two thumbs up!


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