The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
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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.
that bloody dog. You . are not to go asking anyone about who killed that bloody dog. . . You are not to go trespassing in other people’s gardens. You are . to stop this ridiculous bloody detective game right now.” . . I didn’t say anything. . Father said, “I am going to make you promise, Christopher. . . And you know what it means when I make you promise.” . . I did know what it meant when you say you promise some- . thing. You have to say that you will never do something
dustbin so they couldn’t see me. And then I had to work out what to do. And I did this by thinking of all the things I could do and deciding whether they were the right decision or not. I decided that I couldn’t go home again. And I decided that I couldn’t go and live with Siobhan because she couldn’t look after me when school was closed because she was a teacher and not a friend or a member of my family. And I decided that I couldn’t go and live with Uncle Terry because he lived in
said, “Yes, Father’s.” And he said, “OK,” but he said it really slowly and he squeezed his nose between his thumb and his forefinger. And I said, “He told me the number,” which was another white lie. And he said, “Why don’t you and I take a stroll to the cashpoint machine, eh?” And I said, “You mustn’t touch me.” And he said, “Why would I want to touch you?” And I said, “I don’t know.” And he said, “Well neither do I.” And I said, “Because I got a caution for hitting a policeman, but I
he ran off again. And the man with the diamond patterns on his socks tried to grab my shoulder, so I screamed. And then I heard the sound like sword fighting and Toby started running again, but this time he ran the other way, which was past my feet, and I grabbed at him and I caught him by the tail. And the man with the diamond patterns on his socks said, “Oh Christ. Oh Christ.” And then I heard the roaring and I lifted Toby up and grabbed him with both hands and he bit me on my thumb and
. . . 2 1 6 . . . . . . . . . of the house, but she couldn’t because she didn’t have any money . . to pay rent for a flat. And I asked if Father would be arrested and . go to prison for killing Wellington because we could live in the . . house if he was in prison. But Mother said the police would only . arrest Father if Mrs. Shears did what is called pressing charges, . . which is telling the police you want them to arrest someone for . a crime, because the police