The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time : Hardcover – 1 May 2003
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Christopher is 15 and has Asperger's Syndrome, a form of autism. He is obsessed with maths, science and Sherlock Holmes but finds it hard to understand other people. When he finds a dead dog on a neighbour's lawn he decides to solve the mystery and write a detective thriller about it.
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On my way to school I watch the cars going past the bus and remember their colours.
3 red cars in a row mean that it is going to be a Quite Good Day. 4 red cars mean that it is going to be a Good Day. 5 red cars mean that it is going to be a Super Good Day. And 4 yellow cars in a row mean that it is going to be a Black Day, which is a day when I don't speak to anyone and don't eat my lunch and Take No Risks, because yellow is the colour of custard and double yellow lines and Yellow Fever which is a deadly disease.
Fifteen-year-old Christopher has a photographic memory. He understands maths. He understands science. What he can't understand are other human beings.
When he finds his neighbour's dog, Wellington, lying dead on a neighbour's lawn, he decides to track down the killer and write a murder mystery novel about it. In doing so, however, he uncovers other mysteries that threaten to bring his whole world crashing down around him.
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time is an astonishing novel - funny, sad and utterly unputdownable.
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The description of the crime in the beginning was graphic and violent which I imagine a lot of people, especially young readers, would find shocking and unpleasant. There were also a couple of references of sex and swearing. For this reason I have waited until my children were older to read it, so I read it myself!
The story itself is captivating and I thoroughly enjoyed the book.
I don't know the author's background, but the way in which the book is written, along with its layout, demonstrates a great insight into the Autistic Spectrum. Because of this, the author does a convincing job of portraying the first-person perspective of his autistic character, Christopher, as he sets out to solve the murder of his neighbour's Spaniel (called Wellington).
The book moves along at a great pace--with both narrative and data. The plot of the story unfolds over every alternate chapter, with the interluding chapters giving room for Christopher to explain life as he experiences and copes with it. But all of this is done in a exceptional way which maintains the emotional pull of the reader.
As a parent of a Aspergers child, there was a lot that I could relate to in this story (and a lot that I couldn't, too).
Excellent book, and highly recommended. (I'm really surprised no one has tried doing a TV show of it yet!)
---Tristan Sherwin, author of *Love: Expressed*
I enjoyed reading it and it was well worthwhile, and the character development is very good with me really getting into the character of Christopher and he somewhat reminds me of myself in some aspects which was a first which was very nice as well. So to conclude I gave it 5 out of 5 stars for being a delightful read and I would recommend reading this book.
The story revolves around a dog who has been killed during the night and the boy with AS who tries to find the killer and deal with the consequences when he finds him.