#26 The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time – Mark Haddon


The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time


Mark Haddon


Young Adult, Novel, Mystery







Title (Original)

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

Year of Publication




Short Description & Notes

Christopher Boone is a 15-year-old boy who describes himself as a “mathematician with some behavioral difficulties” – he hates being touched by someone else or eating yellow food. Christopher’s behavioral problems do not have a name in the book, although we might guess they are related to an autistic spectrum condition. He discovers the dead body of Wellington, Mrs. Shears’ black poodle, speared by a garden fork and decides to investigate in his own way this murderer. Throughout his investigations he will find not only who the murderer is but also many aspects of his life previously unknown. The story is written in the first-person perspective and we get to know how it is to be an outsider, different from anyone else. Nevertheless this is a very simple plot, the reader can experience moments of humor, tenderness, love as well as sadness and despair. An extraordinary book in my opinion.

“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.

Although gifted with a superbly logical brain, fifteen-year-old Christopher is autistic and everyday interactions and admonishments have little meaning for him. 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 favorite (logical) detective, Sherlock Holmes. What follows makes for a novel that is deeply funny, poignant, and fascinating in its portrayal of a person whose curse and blessing are a mind that perceives the world entirely literally.” – Goodreads: The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

Remarkable Quotes

“Os números primos são aquilo que resta depois de retirarmos todos os padrões. Acho que os números primos são como a vida. São muito lógicos, mas jamais seríamos capazes de determinar as regras, nem que passássemos todo o nosso tempo a pensar sobre eles.”

“Eu gosto quando chove muito. Parece que há ruído de estática por todo o lado, que é como o silêncio, mas não vazio.”

Fun Facts

This book won the British Book Award/2004, the Guardian Children’s Fiction and the Whitbread Prizes.

The book has already been adapted to stage.

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