The Hound of the Baskervilles Mass Market Paperback – 1 Oct 1993
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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.
Terrifying, thrilling and addictive - the celebrated tale of chilling murder, played out on the bleak, eerie wilds of a West Country moor--This text refers to the Paperback edition. See all Product Description
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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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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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One of the best in the canon.
This was a lovely edition which also has a bookmark
Read this so many times, superb book! Got it on Kindle as eyes not what they were so paperbacks are a struggle.Published 2 months ago by Mr Nicholas walker
For some reason I have found myself in a "let's read/listen to Sherlock Holmes stories" frame of mind. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Scott F Feighner
Excellent reading. Could not literally put it down. Great addition to my library. I love this book. Buy it folks. You won't regret it.Published 4 months ago by Sherrisse Lindsay
Disappointed with this edition. I was looking for a version that included Paget's illustrations - however only a small handful (about 10) of those original illustrations (about 60)... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Evie
Great to hear this old favourite on CD. It isn't over-dramatized but is still quite scary!Published 6 months ago by M. Orchard
Excellent, really exciting and interesting. Amazing and totally captivating.I recommend it to over ten year olds. A real fun read!Published 6 months ago by MMM