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This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here This book I read in a day I was in a Chapters bookstore in Toronto that s like Barnes and Noble to the Americans in the crowd and anyway I was just browsing around, trying to kill time When suddenly I saw this nice display of red books with an upturned dog on the cover Attracted as always to bright colours and odd shapes, I picked it up It s only about 250 pages or so I read the back cover and was intrigued I flipped through the pages and noticed that it had over One Million chapters I This book I read in a day I was in a Chapters bookstore in Toronto that s like Barnes and Noble to the Americans in the crowd and anyway I was just browsing around, trying to kill time When suddenly I saw this nice display of red books with an upturned dog on the cover Attracted as always to bright colours and odd shapes, I picked it up It s only about 250 pages or so I read the back cover and was intrigued I flipped through the pages and noticed that it had over One Million chapters I was doubly intrigued So I walked over to the far wall of the bookstore to sit and begin to read a few pages I always do this to ensure that I don t waste what little money I have on a book possessing nothingthan a flashy cover I do the same at the cinema if I don t like the first 20 minutes, I get a refund Restaurants, too if I don t like the first ten bites, I walk out on the bill This is a book written by a Child Developmental Psychologist I think that s the right term anyway, a doctor who works with mentally or physically challenged youngsters The novel itself is a first person tale written by a high functioning, mentally challenged boy in England who wakes up one morning to find his neighbor s dog dead on his lawn The boy s teacher suggests he should write about the incident, which he eagerly sets out to do So we have his first novel , The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time He plays Inspector and tries to solve the mystery as Sherlock Holmes would doOf course, if he s going to write a book, that means he can take control He hates the way other books have chapter numbers that increase sequentially 1,2,3 He prefers prime numbers and will number his chapters in sequential primes hence, by the end of the book, you re reading chapter 123,314,124 or whatever I ain t no math guy Now then, he also writes about other things in his life and through his perspective you get some tear jerking moments of true, unobstructed humanity the way his parents broke up because of his state, how he has all these dreams about being someone great and going to a top college, even though you know that his situation will never really allow it Anyway I read this book cover to cover sitting on the floor of that Chapters bookstore By the end of it I was absolutely bawling my eyes out Never cried so much in my life In fact, as I type this and think back on that story, I m dripping on my keyboard and I m at my office However these are tears of joy The boy does it He can do anything It s the most uplifting book I ve ever read.I highly recommend this book to anyone who feels anything deep down inside This is the most disassociating book I ve ever read Try to read it all in one sitting it will totally fuck with your head and make you forget how to be normal. Coping With ConscienceMy 34 year old daughter is severely autistic, and has been since she was seven No one knows why and the condition has never varied in its intensity So she is stuck in time She knows this and vaguely resents it somewhat but gets on with things as best she can.Each case of autism is probably unique My daughter has no facility with numbers or memory but she does with space As far as I can tell any enclosed space appears to her as a kind of filing system which she can deci Coping With ConscienceMy 34 year old daughter is severely autistic, and has been since she was seven No one knows why and the condition has never varied in its intensity So she is stuck in time She knows this and vaguely resents it somewhat but gets on with things as best she can.Each case of autism is probably unique My daughter has no facility with numbers or memory but she does with space As far as I can tell any enclosed space appears to her as a kind of filing system which she can decipher almost instantly When she was twelve I brought her into a cavernous Virgin megastore to get a particular CD She had never been in the place before, but after standing in the doorway for three or four seconds, she walked immediately to the correct aisle and bin and picked out the desired CD without any hesitation.I have a theory, probably rubbish, that autistic people perceive the world as it actually is or,precisely, within strictly limited categories that might be called natural , somewhat in the vein of Kantian transcendentals space, time, numbers, etc Most, like my daughter and Christopher, the protagonist of The Curious Incident, have no facility with purely linguistic manipulation metaphor, lying, irony, jokes, complex allusion, actually fiction of any sort The world is not just literal, it exists in a way that ensures words are always subservient to things and without imagination that it could be any other way In my experience autistic people tend to become upset when non autistic people attempt to reverse the priority by making things subservient to words This makes the autistic person confused, anxious, and often angry They appear resentful that such liberties can be taken with what is so obviously reality In effect, the autistic life is devoted to truth as what is actually there , stripped of all emotional, figurative, and cultural content This makes autistic people often difficult to live with They insist and they persist about things which appear trivial to others They nag and needle until they obtain recognition In those areas that interest them, they are capable of splitting the finest hairs to avoid abandoning their perceptions of the world They may on occasion conform in order to gain a point but they never really give in They are stalwart in being, simply, themselves Adaptation occurs elsewhere, not in them.It is, therefore, probably impossible for non autistic people to live without tension among autistic people The latter are maddening in the solidity of their selves They are, in a sense, elemental, for all we know formed in the intense energy of a star in some distant galaxy Fortunately, the fact that most of us cannot understand their elemental force is not something that worries them very much Their emotional reactions may be intense but these attenuate rapidly, leaving little damaging residue Ultimately, perhaps, autistic people are the conscience of the world And conscience is always troublesome, not because it threatens to judge but because it reveals poo ou pu s ooq s if you want to read an excellent book about autism in a young person, read marcelo in the real world this book is like hilary swank you can tell it is trying really hard to win all the awards but it has no heart inside and yet everyone eats it up C0ME ON no one likes gimmicks.come to my blog poo ou pu s ooq s if you want to read an excellent book about autism in a young person, read marcelo in the real world this book is like hilary swank you can tell it is trying really hard to win all the awards but it has no heart inside and yet everyone eats it up C0ME ON no one likes gimmicks.come to my blog Here s what I liked about this book 1 I found Christopher, with all his many quirks, to be sweet and rather endearing.2 I thought it was a creative idea to write a book from the point of view of a boy with Asperger syndrome This is difficult to pull off, but the author does it well.3 I enjoyed Christopher s musings about life and the way in which he sees it.4 I love making lists.Here s what I didn t like about this book 1 It wasn t really a mystery and I found some of it to be a bit predic Here s what I liked about this book 1 I found Christopher, with all his many quirks, to be sweet and rather endearing.2 I thought it was a creative idea to write a book from the point of view of a boy with Asperger syndrome This is difficult to pull off, but the author does it well.3 I enjoyed Christopher s musings about life and the way in which he sees it.4 I love making lists.Here s what I didn t like about this book 1 It wasn t really a mystery and I found some of it to be a bit predictable I guessed who killed Wellington long before it was revealed.2 The first half is better than the second half.3 As much as I love making lists see above , the list thing got the slightest bit annoying after awhile.Overall, a poignant story about a young, brave autistic boy trying to make sense of and find his place in this very complicated world Worth the read OverviewFirst person tale of Christopher, a fifteen year old with Asperger s Syndrome or high functioning autism, and a talent for maths, who writes a book this one sort of very post modern about his investigations of the murder of a neighbour s dog He loves Sherlock Holmes and is amazingly observant of tiny details, but his lack of insight into other people s emotional lives hampers his investigation Nevertheless, he has to overcome some of his deepest habits and fears, and he also unco OverviewFirst person tale of Christopher, a fifteen year old with Asperger s Syndrome or high functioning autism, and a talent for maths, who writes a book this one sort of very post modern about his investigations of the murder of a neighbour s dog He loves Sherlock Holmes and is amazingly observant of tiny details, but his lack of insight into other people s emotional lives hampers his investigation Nevertheless, he has to overcome some of his deepest habits and fears, and he also uncovers some unexpected secrets It is primarily a YA book, but there isthan enough to it to make it a worthwhile adult read as well ASD or not Neither autism nor Asperger s is mentioned by name in the book, but the back cover of my 2003 first edition has this quote from neurologist Oliver Sacks that doesMark Haddon shows great insight into the autistic mindPhoto HERE.Prime Chapters and Structural QuirksThe structure of the book chapter numbers are all primes inclusion of maths puzzles and diagrams and narrative style attention to detail, excessive logic, avoidance of metaphor reflect Christopher s mindset and way of viewing life It is peppered with snippets of maths and explanations of his condition how it affects him, and what coping strategies he adopts The effect is plausibly stilted and occasionally breathless, which is reminiscent of people I know who are on the autistic spectrum and tallies with my limited reading about the condition Honest but Unreliable Narrator Christopher s condition makes him very literal something he is aware of He can analyse a joke, but still not get it Truth is paramount, so he hates situations where he can t tell the truth e.g for politeness and indeed the fact that everything you tell is a white lie because you can never give a fully comprehensive answer to anything He also hates metaphors even the word metaphor is a metaphor , meaning carrying something from one place to another , but he doesn t mind similes because they are not untrue Christopher s feelings about metaphors are highly pertinent to a very different book, China Mieville s wonderful Embassytown see my review HERE , which is about how minds shape language and how language shapes minds, and focuses on the relationship between similes, truth and lies.Many novels are about uncovering what is true, but Christopher s quest takes the idea to a deeper level, and even though we know this narrator is almost pathologically truthful, his condition means his observations sometimes miss the real truth of a situation.There is plenty of humour, and it usually arises from Christopher s naive misunderstandings of situations and the conflict between his lack of embarrassment and desire to be unnoticed by unfamiliar people.Logic and TruthChristopher loves maths because it is safe, straightforward and has a definite answer, unlike life He s also good at explaining some aspects, ending an explanation of calculating primes with Prime numbers are what is left when you have taken all the patterns away His apparent deviations from logic are justified with ingenious logic For example, having favourite and hated colours reduces choice and thus stress, counteracting the effect of his inability to filter or prioritise he notices and remembers every detail of everything, and can rewind it at will, whereas other people s brains are filled with imaginary stuff He is a little like his hero Sherlock Holmes, who is quoted saying The world is full of obvious things which nobody by any chance observes Similarly, defining a good or bad day on the basis of how many red or yellow cars is noillogical than an office bound person s mood being dictated by the weather.All of this means animals are a better bet than humans 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 People areof a mystery when having a conversation, people look at him to understand what he s thinking, but Christopher can t do likewise For him it s like being in a room with a one way mirror in a spy film Love is evenunfathomable Loving someone is helping them when they get into trouble, and looking after them, and telling them the truth, and Father does lots of things for me which means that he loves me.ComparisonsI reread this during a rather stressful journey, including the passages when Christopher is making a stressful journey It helped me empathise with him to the extent that it exacerbated my own stress It s worth comparing this with Iris Murdoch s The Word Child, whose main character has tacit Asperger s tendencies See my review HERE Y ko Ogawa s The Housekeeper and the Professor, which is also about finding number patterns in everyday life, and involves a protagonist whose brain does not work like other people s See my review HERE 2nd Read October 2018Ok wow it s been 5 years since I read this and I wanted to reread desperately I also heard it was actually problematic with the autism rep and at the time of reading Ihad no idea of anything about autismorrrrr that I was actually autistic myself The things YOU FIND OUT LATER So hello, dear reread, time to be critical.I still love it I don t think the autism rep is perfect, but I don t think it s terrible either I know it s all pitched as asperger s sy 2nd Read October 2018Ok wow it s been 5 years since I read this and I wanted to reread desperately I also heard it was actually problematic with the autism rep and at the time of reading Ihad no idea of anything about autismorrrrr that I was actually autistic myself The things YOU FIND OUT LATER So hello, dear reread, time to be critical.I still love it I don t think the autism rep is perfect, but I don t think it s terrible either I know it s all pitched as asperger s syndrome which isn t a diagnosis any but Christopher actually reads as someone who is a low functioning autistic I don t like saying low vs high functioning, but just using that term for sake of being clear It s actually important to not just talk about the autistics who pass in society The sensory overload scenes were intensely right, and it talked about some of the lesser discussed symptoms of autism For instance, I forget the technical term but struggling to realise people don t think see what you do It did go light on the stimming, but it was there My biggest issues with the rep were 1 the inconsistencies with his skills, 2 that Christopher is, again, the typical white straight sort of savant mathematical autism stereotype , and 3 that it pretty clearly leaned towards the oh autistic people don t have empathy which is WRONG We just show it differently But I love that it didn t end up with Christopher getting better or stopping doing anything autistic THANK YOU He is still Christopher and autistic by the endbut it s working on fixing his family situation And like it frikkin sucked how Christopher looked down on the other disabled kids in his class I also sort of found the math parts the wild detours to talk in intricate detail about a road sign really annoying IDK Maybe just me It fit with Christopher I guess, but I also felt it was just a stereotypical way of viewing autism.ANYWAY I still loved Christopher and his anxiety was palpable on page His family is hella messed up and seeing it from his unreliable perspective was cleverly done, but also heartbreaking The ending seemed a bit of a random land in a pile of sludge though It felt so anticlimatic But I read this all in one evening and I LOVE reading books fast It s a good book, Brent Although I admit I m lowering it to 4 stars from 5 Shhh 1st Read July 2013Despite the title being a regular mouthful try saying THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT TIME five times fast , this is a seriously good book It doesn t tell a story it brings YOU into the story That s what I look for in a book.Christopher Boone is a mathematical and scientific genius He also has Asperger s Syndrome, which can turn complicated mathematics into simple games, but also turn simple things like colours, or being touched into complicated horrors What I loved about this book was Christopher Kind of obvious, I guess, but bear with me We don t just read Christopher s world we SEE it I take my hat off to the author, because it s not easy to write a book like this, PLUS make the reader empathize with everyone, PLUS write an unforgettable story, PLUS kill a dog, PLUS solve a mysteries, PLUS leave it with such an unfinished ending that I am sitting here writing a review and gnashing my teeth from the combination of sheer awesomeness and feelings of unsatisfactory sadness Yes, that was a 69 word sentence You re welcome I couldn t put this book down Literally I read it in a few hours flat As the story unraveled, I felt sad and happy and worried and sad yes, unfeeling reviewer that I am, I DO have feelings Proof is here Don t be fooled The mystery of who killed the neighbour s dog is only a fraction of the story And the book ends in tears and but no spoilers The style fits Christopher s voice to perfection Depending on his feelings, the sentences range in length, the narrative becomes clear or lumpy, and the chapters change degrees of intensity Every couple of chapter, the topic seems to run off on some spree of mathematical genius Yes, I confess to being lost on those chapters I confess that a lot of the extra facts and random notes about the scientific thoughts of space didn t capture me personally But it added to the story It fit It worked It was fabulous And anyone who gets me saying math is amazing and deserves an award I also like the fact it was set in England Just sayin.The book breaks writing rules Being a writer myself, I appreciate the rules of show, don t tell and don t use passive words like was This book excuse me for not writing out the title again breaks a LOT of rules Most of it is plain narrative The writing gets passive because of that Do I mind No If you re going to break the rules, do it perfectly, and I ll have no qualms THE CURIOUS you get the idea broke all the rules and i love it for that.It s blunt It s gritty It s painful Several times I wanted to bawl into pages but I didn t, because I wouldn t want to wreck the book It touched my bookish soul Now I know who killed the dog Do you want to know Christopher John Francis Boone knows all the countries of the world and their capitals and every prime number up to , He relates well to animals but has no understanding of human emotions He cannot stand to be touched And he detests the color yellowAlthough gifted with a superbly logical brain, for fifteen year old Christopher everyday interactions and admonishments have little meaning He lives on patterns, rules, and a diagram kept in his pocket Then one day, a neighbor s dog, Wellington, is killed and his carefully constructive universe is threatened Christopher sets out to solve the murder in the style of his favourite logical detective, Sherlock Holmes What follows makes for a novel that is funny, poignant and fascinating in its portrayal of a person whose curse and blessing are a mind that perceives the world entirely literally The concept is interesting narrating the novel through the POV of an autistic boy The chapters are cleverly numbered by prime numbers, which ties in with the novel It has interesting illustrations and diagrams to look at However, I would not recommend this because it disappointed me and I couldn t, in good conscience, tell anyone to read a book I was disappointed in.I guess my disappointment lies in the fact that not only did my book club tout this as a mystery novel but also many of the li The concept is interesting narrating the novel through the POV of an autistic boy The chapters are cleverly numbered by prime numbers, which ties in with the novel It has interesting illustrations and diagrams to look at However, I would not recommend this because it disappointed me and I couldn t, in good conscience, tell anyone to read a book I was disappointed in.I guess my disappointment lies in the fact that not only did my book club tout this as a mystery novel but also many of the literary reviews I read as well What I was expecting was an exciting roller coaster ride mystery about an autistic boy trying to find the killer of his neighbor s dog and, as he slowly sleuths out the killer, finds himself embroiled in dangerous life threatening situations Kind of like Tartt s The Little Friend told from an autistic POV.However, The Curious Incident is not a mystery in any way, shape or form and because of this, the autistic POV begins to wear thin by the second half of the novel remaining sometimes fascinating yet sometimes tedious Instead, you get a novel that starts off as a promising murder mystery At the first half of the novel, the mystery is solved Or rather we re unceremoniously told who is the murderer of the dog From that point, the second half of the novel hugely focuses on Christopher attempting to travel to London by himself A difficult task considering Christopher is autistic, hates crowds and can t stand to be touched by people I won t tell who the murderer is or why Christopher takes off to London, as these are the only two real surprises of the novel I will say overall this was a huge disappointment to me I thought I was getting an exciting murder mystery and instead I got a highly readable family melodrama Perhaps if this was not pushed as a murder mystery I would have enjoyed it muchAn interesting read but I wouldn t recommend it I m not sure what I was expecting but it wasn t this book I couldn t decide to give 3 or 4 stars so I m going with 3 because I liked it and 3 is my mid point I loved the lay out of the book and the little pictures I must admit the maths went right over my head I love that Christopher went on a hunt for the evil killer I wanted that killer to be forked too Overall, it s a good quick read I finished before bed last night Happy Reading Mel