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The Hound of the Baskervilles: Oxford Children's Classics Hardcover – 2 Aug 2007
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‘Sherlock Holmes's best … remains a classic.’ The Times--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
A stunning new edition of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's classic tale featuring the world-famous detective, Sherlock HolmesSee 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. With the background provided by Dartmoor this has some gothic undertones and is probably the best Holmes book when it comes to creating a very strong atmosphere and setting, all of which is used to advantage here. In all this has proved popular with many people throughout the world and if you haven’t read this before you are in for a treat.
But I am a neurophysiologist interested in the how the brain works, and what interests me specially in Sherlock Holmes is that he spends a lot of time explaining to Dr Watson the reasoning behind his detective achievements. It is not easy to find descriptions of Wisdom at work that use non-technical, everyday, language.
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