book reviews · young adult

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon

1618Title: The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
Author: Mark Haddon
Source: Bought
Edition: Paperback
Publication: Vintage
Pages: 226 pages
Category: Fiction, Young Adult

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, 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.


This book was different and substantial. I needed to take time to understand and absorb the story itself. It was really a slow read. If I read it fast, I would definitely say that the book was just blah. But I read it slow which made me  appreciate the story more.The main character, Christopher was really unique. He tried to make sense of the world as he saw it.Some blurbs on the back part of the book said that the MC was autistic. This explains a lot why he had a different way of thinking. His thoughts were pure and logical, whats right is right and wrong is wrong. He also had a streak of sass.

The whole reading experience was really insightful. It gave me a new perspective on numbers and logic. I loved how the author used different situations to show Christopher’s mathematical prowess.

It has a three hearts rating because I just liked it. Maybe, I could read it again but not after 5 years? This book would be a great gift because everyone needs to see a different perspective once in a while. I recommend this read to people who crave for something different.


“Prime numbers are what is left when you have taken all the patterns away. I think prime numbers are like life. They are very logical but you could never work out the rules, even if you spent all your time thinking about them.”
― Mark Haddon, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

“The world is full of obvious things which nobody by any chance ever observes.”
― Mark Haddon, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

“I cared about dogs because they were faithful and honest, and some dogs were cleverer and more interesting than some people.”
― Mark Haddon, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time


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