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The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

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The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

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No spoilers here...but go read this one!I have seen this book so many times and just walked by it each of those times. I'm not really sure why but it never grabbed my attention. I finally had a reason to read it when it was assigned to my daughter as her summer reading book. This was a great page turner that I couldn't put down. I am so glad that it was assigned to "us" to read :) It's about a boy who is trying to solve the mystery of who killed his neighbor's dog. The boy is autistic and we get a glimpse as to what life is like for him and the way he thinks. It was beautifully written in a way that made me want to keep coming back for more. I can only hope that my daughter will like it as much as I did! (The language was a little much for early high school, but it's nothing she hasn't heard before, I suppose.)4Over-rated and offensiveWhat the author tries to do is obliterated by the overuse of offensive language. This was assigned as a summer reading for incoming 9th graders and I had a tough time with it. I regret allowing my son to read this book. There are so many good books out there to pick from and if you are selective in what you or your kids consume, I would suggest giving this one a pass. If this was a movie, it would be rated R for the strong language.1Curious ReviewChristopher John Francis Boone is a fifteen year old boy who lives with his father, loves animals, and doesn't understand human emotions-including his own. With help he has learned what makes him feel :) good, like orange crush and licorice laces, and Toby his rat and starring up at the stars at night. And he knows what makes him feel :( bad, like new places, people, too much information, or anyone touching him. But he doesn't understand a lot of the faces that Siobhan from school shows him or Mr. Jeavons the school psychiatrist asks him about. Christopher is different from a lot of other teenage boys and he goes to a special kind of school with other special students. He doesn't like to be compared to them because he thinks a lot of them are stupid, but he's not allowed to use that word or call them that according to what his mother used to say or Siobhan at school, he's supposed to say they have learning difficulties or that they have special needs (but that's stupid too because everyone has learning difficulties). But it is his book so he can write what he wants in it. He's keeping this book for his investigation. He's investigating like Sherlock Holmes and he is investigating a murder. There was a murder on his street of Wellington the big poodle at Mrs. Shears house, which is right down the street from his house and Mrs. Shears is a friend of their's and so was Wellington because Christopher likes dogs. The Police and Siobhan says that killing a dog isn't the same thing as killing a human and they don't investigate or search as hard for things like that because it isn't a human, but Christopher liked Wellington and he thinks dogs are just a good as humans, in fact he likes them more.This is a book written from the first-person point of view of a fifteen year old boy with autism and a very good understanding of facts and numbers (maths). He focuses and relies on the here and now, the real things of this world, and math problems. He doesn't like idioms, similes, metaphors, slang, or imagination. Facts are much more preferred, thank you. The book starts on the night that he finds Wellington skewered with a garden fork on Mrs. Shears front lawn, an event that he is later blamed and questioned about. He determines that he has to find out who murdered Wellington and the life that he thought he knew and was comfortable with swiftly begins to unravel. For a boy who doesn't understand human emotions a lot of events puzzle him and he has a hard time coping and understanding why some people do and choose the things that they do, it's not logical, even if it is human.Mark Haddon does a remarkable job at capturing the mindset and ideas of an individual with autism and expressing it in a way readers can relate to. This book illustrates how some mindsets can be different. Where some individuals focus on feelings, others enjoy literature, and still others are focused on numbers and facts, things that are measurable and recordable, like Christopher. Sometimes different mindsets make certain things easy for individuals to understand while other topics and ideas are alien and something that makes ones' head spin. This is a tale of murder, mystery, a hidden past, and an unsure future of a boy who likes to deal in absolutes and certainties. But all it takes is one variable in the equation to change for the outcome be to a different world entirely.Overall this book is really well-written and an interesting read. Highly recommended for those working with individuals with autism or other neo-neurological learning disabilities. Also a good read for those looking for different perspectives or books that make you question the writer/reporters point of view.4But they do not mean this because you are not allowed to tell old people that they are old and you are not allowed to tell people if they smell funny or if a grown-up has made a fartI was introduced to this book when I was required to read it for my high school English class. I do not usually find assigned books interesting, but this one was different. I found my lost in the pages; engaged in every word. As a sophomore in high school, I knew very little about autism, so to actually be able to look through the eyes of a child with autism and go on his journey with him was so invigorating. I did not want to stop reading the book. I was so invested in Christopher John Francis Boone s life. Now as a sophomore in college, I still have these emotions when I read this book. One quote that stuck with me from the book was, People say that you always have to tell the truth. But they do not mean this because you are not allowed to tell old people that they are old and you are not allowed to tell people if they smell funny or if a grown-up has made a fart. And you are not allowed to say, "I don't like you," unless that person has been horrible to you. (73.2) Throughout the book, I could sense Christopher s frustration, confusion, and innocence. I developed sympathy for Boone because of how difficult it was for him to connect with people and no one took the time to understand him due to the fact he lacked some social skills. Despite how emotional this book made me feel, others who read this book, unfortunately, cannot relate to my feelings.Books have the same effect on people just like music. We do not all like one genre of music nor do we like one type of book. One Amazon review stated, Very overrated book; never felt invested in any of the characters, plot was weak, kept waiting for the book to meet the hype. Book not worth your precious reading time. Everyone is entitled to his or her own opinion, but I completely disagree. This book gave me the rare opportunity to really see through the eyes of a child with autism. There was a strong sense of pathos in this book. I felt a lot of pity for Christopher because people did not truly understand him or what he was going through. It helped me try to get a better understanding and become more patient with my 4-year-old cousin with autism. Not only did show how autism can affect the person themselves, but their families as well. His parents even struggled with their son s serious mental condition. I even saw myself in his mother when Christopher did not want to be touched by his own mother. It is hard to connect with someone like him, but it can be done through understanding and patience. Maybe the person who wrote the review did make the connection like I did, but I know for a fact that thousands of others will. I would recommend this books to parents who have children with autism to assure them they are not alone and thousands of parents are going through the exact same thing. I believe that this is such a powerful and timeless book. Everyone should give it a read just to better educate themselves on how life really is for someone dealing with autism and how it can affect the people around them.5The Curious Incident of the Dog in the NightimeMore of a reverie than a novel, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time is an opportunity to see the world through the eyes of someone with Aspergers Syndrome.The narrator, Christopher, lacks empathy, which makes the simplest interpersonal exchange torturous. Unable to discern what someone means whenever the conversation deviates even the tiniest amount from the strictly literal, communication is a minefield. In such a world, it becomes difficult to distinguish the benign from the lethal, so it is necessary for Christopher to develop various coping skills that primarily involve withdrawing from human contact, often in ways that are alarming to others."And then I couldn't see the walls anymore and the back of someone's jacket touched my knee and I felt sick and I started groaning really loudly and the lady on the bench stood up and no one else sat down."Christopher is undeniably a tragic character, but the tragedy extends beyond himself and envelopes his parents as well. He is a bowling ball run amok, knocking over the pins of their lives as they deal with one crisis after another.This is not an easy read. It is not a mystery story. It is not really a story at all. Although there is a sequence of events, it would be a stretch to call it a plot. It is however, an illuminating look at life with autism.4IT'S A CURIOUSLY GREAT READThere are many curious things about Mark Haddon s book, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, besides the title. Foremost, perhaps, is the author. Starting in 1987, Haddon, a Harvard graduate, wrote and illustrated mostly children s books. During those days he was also a screenwriter, winning numerous awards for both disciplines. In 2003 his first adult novel, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time. hit the market to great acclaim winning awards in both the adult and children s categories. His thought processes are mind-boggling.I d certainly not consider this a children s book, although it was published in both categories, a fact curious in itself. It is called a mystery novel, although that, too, is strange, because the only mystery is not a scary mind teaser. It s about a dog that was killed and who-dunnit. Christopher Boone, a 15-tear old boy who describes himself as a mathematician with some behavioral difficulties , narrates it. Indeed he is and does, being a genius with Asperger syndrome. That fact is never stated in the book, giving the reader a chance to hear Christopher s description of his life and thoughts and to cogitate on the actions that take place and how they happen.If one were to go through a thesaurus and select all the adjectives and adverbs that glorify, reviewers in their reviews would have used every one. I m going to try to abstain from that because there are no modifiers left. But this book has earned them all. Haddon s story is well told, innovative in its approach, and totally absorbing. I challenge anyone to read it and not be moved beyond words.Christopher Boone finds a dog with a pitchfork through its innards. In his swirling mind of fears, likes and dislikes, trust and distrust, he knows he likes dogs but not people who kill them. It makes sense to him that he needs to find the murderer. Unfortunately most people disagree with him, including his father, but those displeasures mean nothing to him because he has a mission he intends to see through to the end. Unfortunately, the end is the beginning of new mind worms for him to deal with.Haddon is clever in his writing, mixing simple thoughts with complex scientific and mathematical theory. Christopher can wend his way through this maze with ease, even if he becomes somewhat disoriented as he does so. Probably most readers will get lost in the technical details but the author surely knew that. It adds great authenticity to Christopher s struggle for answers to the many questions and problems that plague him.All I ll tell you is that you must not fail to read this book. I don t have the words to tell you how much you will enjoy the author s talent and his story.Schuyler T WallaceAuthor of TIN LIZARD TALES5A Worthy Concept, but Too Aloof for MePerhaps because I came to this book years after its initial splash and all the great things that have been said about it, my expectations were too high. It s a very easy read, and a very unusual one, in that it is written in the first person by an autistic young man. At times funny, at times sad, the book is good. And I appreciate its insights into how someone with special needs sees the world in fact, as the grandfather of a special needs child, it really helped me to see things as she may. However, despite all that, I found the book lacking in empathy or passion; instead, it was a somewhat aloof or clinical look at his behavior. At least that s how I see it. Moreover, the book just sort of ends, with an odd postscript containing a series of mathematical formulae, which added to what I found to be too clinical/aloof.3Fantastic and well written bookI loved this book. It was smartly written, and really gave you an idea of what it would be like inside the mind of a person who is autistic. At one point Christopher says "this book will not be funny. I cannot tell jokes because I do not understand them". I have cared for several higher functioning kids over my nursing career, and this has been true for all of them that I know. These kids didn't get jokes. And they didn't understand sayings like "that is water under the bridge". Those kids had me thinking on how to communicate to them so they would understand and be comfortable.The autism world is complex. There is side a spectrum that I would never begin to believe that you could lump all autistic people into a certain set of characteristics. But this book did a great job in showing what it was like for Christopher - a person with autism. And the play was fantastic.5Get ready for cuss wordsAn 11-year old read this book and thought it had way too many bad words. If it was not a reading assignment from school, I would not have allowed her to read it. I don t understand how this can be a pick of any writing award group. The plot is gruesome and it is too dark of a theme for middle schoolers. I did not like this book at all.1the joy of readingI have been intrigued by the title since I heard about its run on Broadway. Friends who saw it gave glowing reviews for the sets and lighting. So, of course, I had to read the book. Now I have to see the play to offer a glowing review; the book is very good, but not not excellent!The autistic narrator is amazing. You can witness and sympathize with the pain and aggravation. Autism can break up a family. The love and despair demonstrated by the father and mother of the boy is very effective. The boy wants to be loved by cannot be touched!It is a good read, it is never boring or tedious, and occasionally humorous. When Christopher finds the dead dog in the neighbor's yard, killed with a garden fork, he picks up the dog and holds it tenderly. This is the clue for the perfect ending.Now that I am analyzing the recently read book, I have just changed my review to 5*s. Books are read and enjoyed; however, they should also be shared. Ideas and comments of fellow readers can enlighten, 'Wait a minute, I never thought of that! The author brought it all together and I just realized it."The joys of reading!!!5
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