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The Curious Incident of the Dog in the NightTime

Hi! This is Richie again after a long time, precisely after 1 year, 1 month and 27 days. During the last one year I had very less free time compare to the previous years. Weekends, I was watching so many movies and occasionally, reading novels and stories. So never felt like writing a blog. This blog is mainly about a book I read few weeks ago. The book’s name is the same as the title of the blog, written by Mark Haddon that won the 2003 Whitbread Book of the Year.

Last Wednesday morning my bro called me and gave the idea of writing a blog about the book. At first I wondered, because I had given this book to him one month before and he said he had not found it interesting.

The hero of the novel is Christopher, a 15-year-old autistic boy living in Swindon (somewhere in UK). The story is written in the first-person narrative of the boy. So I give all credit to the boy. I am not going to explain the story because it will be boring if you read the novel without suspense. Why I liked this book is because of a mathematical touch in the storyline and remarkable funny stuffs. When I read this novel I actually thought about my boyhood days and I found a minor similarity in my thinking and that of Christopher’s.

I will list out some of the interesting stuff i liked in the book

Prime Numbers. He likes prime number( me too) and in this book the chapter are given in this order 2,3,5,7,11 and so on. He considers that prime numbers are like life “ even though they are logical, it’s impossible to work out the rules”.

Monty Hall Problem. This is a famous puzzle problem. And he has used this example to shows that intuition can sometimes get things wrong.

The problem is

Suppose you’re on a game show, and you’re given the choice of three doors: Behind one door is a car; behind the others, goats. You pick a door, say No. 1, and the host, who knows what’s behind the doors, opens another door, say No. 3, which has a goat. He then says to you, “Do you want to pick door No. 2?” Is it to your advantage to switch your choice?

I heard this problem 1.5 years back. One of the professor in IISc asked me this question. I didn’t know it was a famous question till I read this book.

Sherlock homes. He likes sherlock homes stories(me too). This could be the reason for the title of the book( Because sherlock homes mentioned this sentence, “To the curious incident of the dog in the night-time.” Book: “The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes” Story: Silver Blaze). This may be the reason he is pursing the mystery of the dead dog. He has mentioned that his favorite story is “The hound of Baskervilles”. And he has explained the clues and red herrings of this sherlock holmes book.

Map. He draws map whenever he goto new places. I also do the similar thing. When I was in Kolkata, I had a big map of the city in the wall. And the same habit I continued in Hyd, Chennai and Bangalore.

White lie. A white lie is not a lie at all. It is where you tell the truth but you do not tell all of the truth. He used this lie to his father many time in the book. Because his father don’t like his detective attempt on dead dog.

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There are a couple of new stories I wanted to tell you. Once I finish all clint eastwood’s movies, I will start writing those. Till that time. Bye bye

External links

Monty Hall problem
Mathematical Association of America book review