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The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time


by Mark Haddon

Versions of Reality Quotes in The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

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Quote #1

Siobhan said that the book should begin with something to grab people's attention. That is why I started with the dog. I also started with the dog because it happened to me and I find it hard to imagine things which did not happen to me. (7.6)

Christopher has a very unique way of seeing the world. Where he gets into trouble is his inability to understand the way that other people see the world, while also expecting them to understand his own version of reality.

Quote #2

This made me feel a lot calmer because it is what policemen say on television and in films. (17.2)

It's pretty interesting that Christopher would be comforted by the actions of the policemen because they resemble the ways fictional policemen behave on TV. What does that say about the way he interacts with the "real world"?

Quote #3

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. (19.6)

Do you agree with this – is life very logical? Are the rules difficult to figure out? Or does this say more about Christopher than about life in general?

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