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The Hound of the Baskervilles Mass Market Paperback – 1 Oct 1993

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  • Mass Market Paperback: 174 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley Publishing Group; Reissue edition (Oct. 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0425104052
  • ISBN-13: 978-0425104057
  • Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 1.2 x 17.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (173 customer reviews)

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"The whole Sherlock Holmes saga is a triumphant illustration of art's supremacy over life." --Christopher Morley

The whole Sherlock Holmes saga is a triumphant illustration of art s supremacy over life. Christopher Morley" --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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Terrifying, thrilling and addictive - the celebrated tale of chilling murder, played out on the bleak, eerie wilds of a West Country moor

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The Hound of the Baskervilles is a marvellous example of a British detective mystery. The story keeps you entertained and guessing at every twist and turn and the ending is far from predictable! An enjoyable and well written mystery and a classic Sherlock Holmes case.
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'The Hound of the Baskervilles' sees Arthur Conan Doyle's famous detective, Sherlock Holmes, and his faithful sidekick Dr Watson on one of their most famous and exciting adventures. Right from the start the author succeeds in grabbing the readers' attention, and dramatic plot twists and the eery setting of the desolate moors keep it held until the final page. Holmes and Watson's detective skills are called upon to investigate the mysterious death of Sir Charles Baskerville, whose body is discovered with a look of terror upon his face near the footprints of a huge hound. Could the tale of a terrifying beast that haunts the Baskerville family be more than just superstition? The skills and courage of the Sleuths are tested to the limit in their bid to discover the truth. Although first published almost a hundred years ago, this novel has lost none of its appeal and is as good as any modern-day thriller. Full of excitement and suspense, this book is a real page-turner, and a must for all fans of the detective novel.
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By M. Dowden HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 26 Jun. 2016
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This was first printed in book form in 1902 after it had been serialised in The Strand Magazine. This has always been very popular ever since its first publication and has remained so up to this day, where many people believe it to be quite correctly, one of the best of the Holmes tales.

By the time that Conan Doyle started work on this he had already killed Holmes off in the tale ‘The Final Problem’ where it appears that both Holmes and Moriarty have plunged to their deaths at the Reichenbach Falls. Absolutely fed up with his famous detective Doyle wanted to move away from him, but as he supported a large extended family where he helped out cousins and in at least one case financed a business venture for a family member, as well as having an ill wife he needed money. This tale therefore takes place before Holmes was apparently killed.

The actual basis of this tale does include a Devonshire family legend and at least one folk myth from Devon so this does help set this story in the right place as it were. I should think that most people know this tale although for those who don’t this involves a supposed family curse whereby a giant hound, seemingly from Hell itself is known to kill members of the Baskerville family. As the latest heir to the estate is making his way from North America so Holmes is called in to help offer advice and protection.

This is told to us by Dr Watson as is the norm, but also not only in a direct narrative but also in letter and journal form, this is to perhaps give this a more intense feel. With a clever fiend for Holmes to tackle this also has red herrings and other events going on at the same time to try and confound you in getting the solution to this.
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The image of Sherlock Holmes in 'The Hound of the Baskervilles' is perhaps the most enduring image we have of him. You see, an Inverness cloak and deerstalker cap are inappropriate wardrobe for the town, and belong in the country. Sherlock Holmes is predominantly a city dweller and city investigator; it is relatively uncommon that he treks out on adventures, but the case of the mysterious death of Sir Charles Baskerville and the attempted murder of Sir Henry Baskerville led him to the Dartmoor plain. Thus, country garb was in order. This is where we get much of our imagery.
Also helping with this is that every major actor to play Holmes has considered 'Hound of the Baskervilles' to be the ultimate Holmes story to act -- rather like the Hamlet of Conan Doyle's work. Holmes was a popular film icon, and in the early decades of the twentieth century several dozen films were made of Holmes, but the first after these many films to be set in Victorian times (and not be updated for the screen) was a version of Hound. Ellie Norwood, Basil Rathbone, Peter Cushing, Jeremy Brett -- many distinguished actors have considered this among their greatest roles.
Watson dates the case to 1889, but various reading authorities, knowing the good doctor's occasional attempts to distort details to protect the privacy of the innocent, have dated this to between 1886 and 1900.
In fact, the novel appeared in serialised form in the Strand magazine, the great first-publication site of most Holmesian tales, between August 1901 and April 1902, after Conan Doyle had attempted to kill off the great detective in the short story The Final Problem, which showcased Holmes' battle with Moriarity, the Napoleon of Crime.
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By Donald Mitchell HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 26 May 2004
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Most Sherlock Holmes stories (especially the short stories like The Red Headed League) are like playing chess in a Victorian drawing room. You get a period piece with some subtle moves. The Hound of the Baskervilles is a total change-up from that format. Doyle builds the atmosphere of ancient legends, foul play, and a dark moor in an irresistible way. You will find yourself looking out over your shoulder if you read this book on a dark, lonely night. So if you like a novel with a true gothic feel, this will be your main reward.
Your unexpected reward will be one of the most famous clues in all of detective fiction. In searching out who is haunting the Baskerville's, Doyle has Holmes solve the puzzle by looking for something that no one else was looking for. This is the only mystery that I know of that is solved by vacuous fulfillment (an odd concept of mathematics that Doyle must have known about).
The third feature of this story is the many fallacious beliefs about how science works (like phrenology -- the shape of the skull determining your mind and character). You may find this interesting or annoying. In either case, try to remember that we probably have many similar false beliefs today that will look silly a hundred years from now. Can you think of one?
Wrap up in a blanket by the fire, have a glass of wine, and shiver with anticipation!
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