The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
Haddon (Mark)
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  1. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time is a murder mystery novel like no other. The detective, and narrator, is Christopher Boone. Christopher is fifteen and has Asperger's Syndrome. He knows a very great deal about maths and very little about human beings.
  2. He loves lists, patterns and the truth. He hates the colours yellow and brown and being touched. He has never gone further than the end of the road on his own, but when he finds a neighbour's dog murdered he sets out on a terrifying journey which will turn his whole world upside down.

  1. I’ve not read the book (yet) but have seen the Play of the same name by Simon Stephens.
  2. The Programme of the Play – staged at the Cliffs Pavilion, Southend on Saturday 22nd July 2017 – I have filed with the book.
  3. The Programme has brief comments (related to the book rather than the play):-
    → On Asperger’s by Simon Baron-Cohen, and
    → On Mathematics as a safe place, by Marcus du Sautoy
    → On various other mathematical and scientific issues raised in the Book / Play
  4. The play was excellently staged and acted. It deserves a review, but I’ve no time to supply one.
  5. Marcus du Sautoy denies that he has Asperger’s but appreciates the value of mathematics as a refuge from the uncertainties of the world.
  6. I once took the Baron-Cohen test and missed the diagnosis by the smallest possible margin. Like Christopher, I enjoy systematising, and have difficulty with forming relationships unless there is some common interest. But I’m not in the least incapacitated as Christopher is portrayed; nor as good at – or as obsessed by – mathematics!


Jonathan Cape, London, 2003

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