Archive | May 2012

The Cursed Baskervilles Hound

Title : The Hound of the Baskervilles

Author: Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

Rating : 4 of 5 Stars

It’s 2012 and I finally read a Sherlock Holmes novel! To top that, it’s also my first by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. This is a classic and everyone connected to literature either from a scholarly perspective or from a pure reader’s pleasure would vouch that, works by Sir Arthur is a “must read”. I am happy that I’ve now accomplished that rule of thumb.

The Hound of the Baskervilles (THotB) is short and precise. Okay, the old style of English is rather long-winded to modern-day writing but that’s the attractive part for me (and surely to everybody else). The storytelling was crisp and the dialogues were such a joy to behold.

As a whole, THotB was not a fantastic tale to start with but  Sir Arthur executed it so masterfully well. The highlights were no doubt at the moor. The convict’s lair, the legendary hound’s bale and the brooding Grimpen Mire were eerily provoking. Holmes’s wit and intelligence alongside Watson’s obedient tenacity were the story’s anchor that which allowed the murder plot to unravel and take shape. However, I had mixed feelings about the giant hound’s fate though. Nonetheless I was glad that it was a life one and not a mythical beast used to scare people as we first perceived.

All said, compared to what modern writers today can create, the intrigue and treachery were somewhat less spine chilling in THotB; but the origins to good detective thrillers still pay homage to Sherlock Holmes. This was where it all began. So for that, I have no qualms here – only respect.

We must know that Sherlock Holmes and Dr Watson were characters set in 1880s; when medicine, forensic science and detective procedures were but at the stage of early discovery if I can say so. Yet, Sir Arthur managed to conjure up deceit and factual arguments with such compelling skill that we marvel today at his genius and undoubting talent. He was above and beyond his time indeed and being a physician himself, made it seem, all the more real.

I now seek more of Sherlock Holmes.

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