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5.0 étoiles sur 5The Classic Novels and Short Stories1 février 2014
Par Acute Observer - Publié sur Amazon.com
The Complete Sherlock Holmes, Volumes 1 and 2
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle is forever remembered for his fictional creations “Sherlock Holmes” and “John H. Watson M.D.” Doyle wrote four long stories and fifty-six short stories which have been popular around the world. They said “Sherlock Holmes” was inspired by Dr. Joseph Bell, the famous professor at Edinburgh Medical College in the late 19th century (one of the best schools). Bell was famous for drawing inferences from a person’s appearance and dress. The use of Dr. Watson provided a dialogue to carry the story and explain events as they happen, or later. The copyright to these stories expired around 1971, many authors have used Doyle’s characters in their own literary works. None were as good as the originals.
Christopher Morley tells of his admiration for these stories on the introduction. The character of Sherlock Holmes was inspired by the famous Dr. Joseph Bell of the Edinburgh Infirmary whose diagnostic skills startled his patients and pupils. The name “Holmes” was homage to Oliver Wendell Holmes who first warned about practices that caused “puerperal fever”. “Sherlock” was a common Irish name, Doyle’s reference to his heritage. Doyle often fought against unjust convictions and for his other beliefs. In his late life he became a believer in spiritualism.
Volume 1 “A Study in Scarlet” introduced Sherlock Holmes and Dr. John Watson to the world. The use of science to solve unexplained mysteries is still popular entertainment. When the body of a man was found in an empty house Scotland Yard asked Holmes for help. Another murder to be solved?
“The Sign of Four” begins when Miss Mary Morstan tells about receiving a valuable pearl every year. This year she received a letter asking to meet her, and she wants companions. Another valuable pearl or the answer to her father’s disappearance ten years earlier?
“The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes” has twelve short stories. “A Scandal in Bohemia” refers to the romance of a royal prince. “The Red-headed League” refers to a clever criminal plot to select one individual from a group. The other stories are: “A Case of Identity”; “Boscombe Valley Mystery”; “Five Orange Pips”; “Man with the Twisted Lip”; “Blue Carbuncle”, “Speckled Band”, “Engineer’s Thumb”, “Noble Bachelor”, “Beryl Coronet”, and “Copper Beeches”.
“The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes” has eleven short stories. Many may have read these in high school English courses. Sometimes they are misquoted in popular speech. “The curious incident of the dog in the night.” “The dog did nothing in the night.” “That was the curious incident.” The stories are: “Silver Blaze”; “The Yellow Face”; “The Stock-Broker’s Clerk”; “The Gloria Scott”; “The Musgrave Ritual”; “The Reigate Puzzle”; “The Crooked Man”; “The Resident Patient”; “The Greek Interpreter”; “The Naval Treaty”; and “The Final Problem”. Note that some deal with personal conflicts.
Volume 2 “The Return of Sherlock Holmes” has thirteen short stories (“The Adventure of ...”). The Empty House; The Norwood Builder; The Dancing Men; The Solitary Cyclist; The Priory School; Black Peter; Charles Augustus Milverton; The Six Napoleons; The Three Students; The Golden Pince-Nez; The Missing Three-Quarter; The Abbey Grange; The Second Stain.
“The Hound of the Baskervilles” begins with a death and the inheritance to a rich estate. Is there a curse on this aristocracy? Or was it caused by human error, such as greed?
“The Valley of Fear” begins with the violent death of a rich man in an locked mansion. Was it caused by marital conflict? Sherlock diagnoses the cause, and this leads to a long story.
“His Last Bow” has eight short stories (“The Adventure of ...”). The Wisteria Lodge; The Cardboard Box; The Red Circle; The Bruce-Partington Plans; The Dying Detective; The Disappearance of Lady Frances Carfax; The Devil’s Foot; His Last Bow.
“The Case Book of Sherlock Holmes” has twelve short stories (“The Adventure of ...”). The Illustrious Client; The Blanched Soldier; The Mazarin Stone; The Three Gables; The Sussex Vampire; The Three Garridebs; The Problem of Thor Bridge; The Creeping Man; The Lion’s Mane; The Veiled Lodger; Shoscombe Old Place; The Retired Colourman.
5.0 étoiles sur 5The original and most complete Sherlock Holmes set ever published.4 novembre 2013
Par Joseph J. Truncale - Publié sur Amazon.com
If you are a true enthusiastic fan of the great fiction detective Sherlock Holmes, you probably all ready have this amazing two giant volume set of all the Sherlock Holmes stories by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. The complete edition was "originally published in nine separate books containing thirteen hundred pages of the best detection fiction in English literature." This two volume set has a total of 1602 pages. I thought I had read every Sherlock Holmes story over the years; however, after picking up this incredible two volume set I realized I had not read more than half of his many short stories.
Volume one covers the following: A study in Scarlet(A novel), The sign Four (A novel), The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (Twelve short stories), and Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes (Eleven short stories). The second volume contains the following: The Return of Sherlock Holmes (Thirteen short stories), The Hound of the Baskervilles (Probably his most well-known Sherlock Holmes novel), The Valley of Fear (A novel), His Last Show (Eight short stories), and The case book of Sherlock Holmes (Twelve short stories).
In conclusion, if you are a fan of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes stories, this wonderful two volume set should be in your personal library. I was overjoyed discovering and reading this two volume set of Sherlock Holmes. My one and only complaint, which is due to my age I am sure, is the small font is sometimes difficult to read. Nevertheless, this does not take away from the value of this set.
Rating: 5 Stars. Joseph J. Truncale (Author: The Samurai Soul: An old warrior's poetic tribute)