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“This was a book I never could have known how badly I needed to read until I had finished it. One of the most cathartic and refreshing books I had read in a long time.
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“I didn't really care for this book at all. I know others have raved about the pages being all prime numbers and the voice of the character really sounding like he has Asberger's Syndrome. I wouldn't recommend it to dog lovers or to people who have been betrayed by lovers or are going through a...”see full review » see other reviews »
“Wonderful book that really illustrates what goes through the mind of a child with Aspergers. ”Jamie K wrote this review 5 days ago. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“An absolute must read.”Tawhai wrote this review 5 days ago. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time is told from the point of view of Christopher, a fifteen-year-old boy with Asperger's Syndrome who lives with his father in Swindon, a small town outside London. Christopher understands mathematics and science perfectly but is constantly bewildered by the incomprehensible behavior of those around him. When he discovers a neighborhood dog that has been killed with a garden fork (pitchfork), he decides to conduct a murder investigation modeled by hero, Sherlock Holmes.
This investigation uncovers a lot more than the identity of the dog's killer, and Christopher is faced with several difficult emotional issues which his mind is unable to handle. Along the way we learn about his his view of the world and his family situation. Christopher's world is a small, regulated one full of things he is compelled to remember and routines he must follow to keep himself safe. Christopher loves math for its rules, order, structure and predictability. He can't stand to be touched and he hates the colors yellow and brown. He sprinkles red food coloring on his food because he loves the color red.
The characters in this novel are very believable. Christopher's father loves him but loses patience after advising Christopher to stop investigating the dog incident. He tries hard to be patient, but can't control his frustration and anger and often takes it out on Christopher.
I thought the book was an informative and a thoroughly enjoyable reading experience. Depending on your exposure to children with autism or Asperger's Syndrome you may or may not like it. I don't have much experience with autism or children that suffer from it, but I choose to look at this book as an introduction to a completely fascinating young man, one I'll miss now that I've finished the book. ”
“Summer Reading 2013”NicholasT wrote this review 8 days ago. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“A couple of friends of mine recommended me the book and so I started the book. It began with an interesting introduction..... the dog was dead. I met a psycho friend in the book and went on a journey with him to solve the incident. I ran into the shocking conclusion. It was totally unbelievable. His father was behind all this although he had his reasons and Christopher gets to chance up on the mystery of his mother's death. I loved the book! Everything happened so quickly!”Cho Young Jai (Alice) wrote this review 10 days ago. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Good book especially for someone who knows nothing of this disability.”Adrian Romero wrote this review 12 days ago. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“So for its fine. ”Emma wrote this review 13 days ago. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“This was an incredibly creative book that kept me engaged from the very first page. Written from the first person perspective of someone suffering from autism. Perhaps Asberger's. I'm not sure. But it was a great book. And a quick read.”Dan M wrote this review 13 days ago. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“This novel, written by an English author (mark Haddon), is a bit quirky. It doesn't have traditional chapters; rather, since the narrator is an autistic boy who loves prime numbers, each chapter is a prime number (e.g. 2, 5, 7, 11, 13, 17, etc.). In addition, there are lots of visual images in this book, which are woven into the the narrative text, particularly since this boy thinks in images. Most of the book is a mystery about who killed his next door neighbor's dog (with a pitchfork!). In addition, there's a mystery about the boy's mother; both the dog mystery and the mother mystery are eventually solved. Sorry for the spoiler there! Overall, I like the novel, and I would recommend it to a teenager and to an adult, for it's both heartwarming and heart-wrenching, and I think that the reader gets a sense of what it would be like to be on the autism spectrum. ”Kevin B wrote this review 13 days ago. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“This book is interesting and opens readers' eyes to a new way of seeing the world because the story is told from the perspective of a boy who has Asperger's Syndrome. However, I did not like some of the language used in the book.”Emily wrote this review 13 days ago. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No