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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

A Novel

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. And he detests the color yellow.
This improbable story of Christopher's quest to investigate the suspicious death of a neighborhood dog makes for one of the most captivating, unusual, and widely heralded novels in recent years.

From the Trade Paperback edition.

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. And he detests the color yellow.
This improbable story of Christopher's quest to investigate the suspicious death of a neighborhood dog makes for one of the most captivating, unusual, and widely heralded novels in recent years.

From the Trade Paperback edition.

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    8 - 10

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  • Chapter One I went through Mrs Shears' gate, closing it behind me. I walked onto her lawn and knelt beside the dog. I put my hand on the muzzle of the dog. It was still warm.

    The dog was called Wellington. It belonged to Mrs Shears who was our friend. She lived on the opposite side of the road, two houses to the left.

    Wellington was a poodle. Not one of the small poodles that have hairstyles but a big poodle. It had curly black fur, but when you got close you could see that the skin underneath the fur was a very pale yellow, like chicken.

    I stroked Wellington and wondered who had killed him, and why.

    3

    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.

    Eight years ago, when I first met Siobhan, she showed me this picture

    [sad face]

    and I knew that it meant 'sad,' which is what I felt when I found the dead dog.

    Then she showed me this picture

    [smiley face]

    and I knew that it meant 'happy', like when I'm reading about the Apollo space missions, or when I am still awake at 3 am or 4 am in the morning and I can walk up and down the street and pretend that I am the only person in the whole world.

    Then she drew some other pictures

    [various happy, sad, confused, surprised faces]

    but I was unable to say what these meant.

    I got Siobhan to draw lots of these faces and then write down next to them exactly what they meant. I kept the piece the piece of paper in my pocket and took it out when I didn't understand what someone was saying. But it was very difficult to decide which of the diagrams was most like the face they were making because people's faces move very quickly.

    When I told Siobhan that I was doing this, she got out a pencil and another piece of paper and said it probably made people feel very

    [confused face]

    and then she laughed. So I tore the original piece of paper up and threw it away. And Siobhan apologised. And now if I don't know what someone is saying I ask them what they mean or I walk away.

    5

    I pulled the fork out of the dog and lifted him into my arms and hugged him. He was leaking blood from the fork-holes.

    I like dogs. You always know what a dog is thinking. It has four moods. Happy, sad, cross and concentrating. Also, dogs are faithful and they do not tell lies because they cannot talk.

    I had been hugging the dog for 4 minutes when I heard screaming. I looked up and saw Mrs Shears running towards me from the patio. She was wearing pyjamas and a housecoat. Her toenails were painted bright pink and she had no shoes on.

    She was shouting, 'What in fuck's name have you done to my dog?'.

    I do not like people shouting at me. It makes me scared that they are going to hit me or touch me and I do not know what is going to happen.

    'Let go of the dog,' she shouted. 'Let go of the fucking dog for Christ's sake.'

    I put the dog down on the lawn and moved back 2 metres.

    She bent down. I thought she was going to pick the dog up herself, but she didn't. Perhaps she noticed how much blood there was and didn't want to get dirty. Instead, she started screaming again.

    I put my hands over my ears and closed my eyes and rolled forward till I was hunched up with my forehead pressed onto the grass. The grass was wet and cold. It was nice.

    7

    This is a murder mystery novel.

    Siobhan said that I should write something I would want to read myself. Mostly I read books about science and maths. I do not like proper novels. In proper novels people say things like, 'I am veined...
About the Author-
  • Mark Haddon is a writer and illustrator of numerous award-winning children's books and television screenplays. As a young man, Haddon worked with autistic individuals. He teaches creative writing for the Arvon Foundation and lives in Oxford, England.

Reviews-
  • The Boston Globe

    "Gloriously eccentric and wonderfully intelligent."

  • Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times "Moving. . . . Think of The Sound and the Fury crossed with The Catcher in the Rye and one of Oliver Sacks's real-life stories."
  • The Dallas Morning News "This is an amazing novel. An amazing book."
  • Ian McEwan, author of Atonement "A superb achievement. He is a wise and bleakly funny writer with rare gifts of empathy."
  • Oliver Sacks "Brilliant. . . . Delightful. . . . Very moving, very plausible--and very funny."
  • Newsday "Superb. . . . Bits of wisdom fairly leap off the page."
  • Jay McInerney, The New York Times Book Review "Disorienting and reorienting the reader to devastating effect. . . . As suspenseful and harrowing as anything in Conan Doyle."
  • Financial Times, London "Extraordinarily moving, often blackly funny. . . . It is hard to think of anyone who would not be moved and delighted by this book."
  • The Washington Post "Both clever and observant."
  • People "Full of whimsical surprises and tender humor."
  • New York Daily News "[Haddon] illuminates a core of suffering through the narrowly focused insights of a boy who hasn't the words to describe emotional pain."
  • The Independent "Outstanding. . . . A stunningly good read."
  • Time Out New York "Engrossing . . . flawlessly imagined and deeply affecting."
  • Fort Worth Star-Telegram "A remarkable book from a writer with very special talent."
  • Detroit Free Press "The Curious Incident is the rare book that repays reading twice in quick succession."
  • The Daily Telegraph "Heart-in-the-mouth stuff, terrifying and moving. Haddon is to be congratulated for imagining a new kind of hero."
  • The New Yorker "This original and affecting novel is a triumph of empathy."
  • Entertainment W "Haddon's book illuminates the way one mind works so precisely, so humanely, that it reads like both an acutely observed case study and an artful exploration of a different 'mystery': the thoughts and feeling we share even with those very different from us."
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