Thursday, June 20, 2013

Review: The Hound of The Baskervilles by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle




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Like many classics, I saw a movie version of this story before reading it. This is one of Conan Doyle’s most popular stories and for good reason. This story begins and England but quickly shifts to the Moors as Holmes takes on the case of a cursed manor and a new heir whose life is obviously in danger. One of the most interesting parts if this story is how absent Holmes is from the narrative. The reader gets an extended dose of Doctor Watson and it’s quite enjoyable.

Watson makes great use of the knowledge he has picked up from his famous friend. Living on the estate with Charles Baskerville, Watson has accumulated a tremendous amount of clues that guide the reader to coming events . Holmes reappears in a spectacular way and the story really kicks into gear. Of all of Holmes stories this one has a strong supernatural tone that I found really enjoyable.  And the Hound! So creepy!
I’m looking forward to working my way through more of Holmes stories soon.

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