My name is Christopher John Francis Boone. I know all the countries of the world and the capital cities. And every prime number up to 7507. ...Show synopsisMy name is Christopher John Francis Boone. I know all the countries of the world and the capital cities. And every prime number up to 7507. Christopher, fifteen years old, stands beside Mrs Shears's dead dog. It has been speared with a garden fork, it is seven minutes after midnight, and Christopher is under suspicion. He records each fact in the book he is writing to solve the mystery of who murdered Wellington. He has an extraordinary brain and is exceptional at maths, but he is ill-equipped to interpret everyday life. He has never ventured alone beyond the end of his road, he detests being touched and he distrusts strangers. But Christopher's detective work, forbidden by his father, takes him on a frightening journey that turns his world upside-down. Simon Stephens's adaptation of Mark Haddon's bestselling, award-winning novel, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time offers a richly theatrical exploration of this touching and bleakly humorous tale.Hide synopsis
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time (Doubleday Books) – Hardcover (2003)
Hardcover, Doubleday Books 2003
ISBN: 0385512104 ISBN-13: 9780385512107
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. Although gifted with a superbly logical brain, Christopher is autistic. Everyday interactions and admonishments have little meaning for him. Routine, order and predictability shelter him from the messy, wider world. Then, at fifteen, Christopher's carefully constructed world falls apart when he finds ...Show moreChristopher 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. Although gifted with a superbly logical brain, Christopher is autistic. Everyday interactions and admonishments have little meaning for him. Routine, order and predictability shelter him from the messy, wider world. Then, at fifteen, Christopher's carefully constructed world falls apart when he finds his neighbor's dog, Wellington, impaled on a garden fork, and he is initially blamed for the killing. Christopher decides that he will track down the real killer and turns to his favorite fictional character, the impeccably logical Sherlock Holmes, for inspiration. But the investigation leads him down some unexpected paths and ultimately brings him face to face with the dissolution of his parents' marriage. As he tries to deal with the crisis within his own family, we are drawn into the workings of Christopher's mind. And herein lies the key to the brilliance of Mark Haddon's choice of narrator: The most wrenching of emotional moments are chronicled by a boy who cannot fathom emotion. The effect is dazzling, making for a novel that is deeply funny, poignant, and fascinating in its portrayal of a person whose curse and blessing is a mind that perceives the world literally." The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Tim"e is one of the freshest debuts in years: a comedy, a heartbreaker, a mystery story, a novel of exceptional literary merit that is great fun to read.Hide
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Funny, honest and inciteful The Curious Incident ... is one of those books that I read when working in school and reread to remind myself that life does have good bits as well as bad. How can the life of Christopher be changed by his investigation? Read the book and find out. This book does an excellent job of showing the human side of aspergers and leaving us with a more rounded character, a teenager who goes out into the world and finds coping mechanisms for dealing with more than a simple case of canine murder... One of my dessert island books.
This is an unusual story, told through the eyes of a 15 year old boy, who suffers from Asperger's Syndrome. Once I had checked out the nature of this illness, I cautiously began reading.
The action begins with the discovery of the body of a neighbour's dog with a garden fork sticking out of it and Christopher, our protagonist, decides to don his metaphorical deerstalker and unmask the killer. This is the beginning of a journey that will lead to a surprising revelation and turn his world upside down.
Christopher lives with his father, his mother having died of heart problems some years earlier, and because of his illness, he attends a special school. His symptoms include dislike of certain colours, being touched, various foods, and mostly strangers and strange places. His father disapproves of his detective work, and there are arguments between the two on this and other subjects.
Being a stickler for detail, Christopher interviews the neighbours about the killing, but treads on a few toes and further upsets his father, which leads to the confiscation of his notebook containing all of his clues and notes, which is thrown into the rubbish bin. Once his father has left the house, he looks in the bin to retrieve his notes, but the notebook is not there. He searches the house and eventually finds the notebook in a box in his father's room, but there is more than his notebook in the box, and he makes a shocking discovery which forces him to make a long journey on his own.
The many explanatory drawings, tables and diagrams help to explain Christopher's view of life and how he deals with the day to day trials and tribulations he comes across and the processes he has been taught, and which he has taught himself, to deal with his illness.
An excellent book, and a worthy winner of the Whitbread Book of the Year in 2003.
I really enjoyed reading the story of the "murder mystery" and seeing the extent this boy went to for answers. He reached beyond his comfort level and did things he never would have done if he weren't so intrigued by what happened to the neighbor's dog. His perspective on normal daily life and life's typical events was enlightening. Great book club read!
I would never have read this book had someone told me it was about a boy with autism. So I won't tell you that, because actually its much more than that. It's a bonafide murder mystery. A young boy, who happens to have autism and is a mathematics savant, sets out to solve the mystery of his neighbor's dog's murder. I was held captive by the suspenseful plot that sort of blossems into 2 or 3 subplots all centered around this boy. He has hard times, good times and a terrifying road trip to London. Oh, and you'll never guess who really killed the dog! What a shocker!
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