The Sherlock Holmes Book (Anglais) Relié – 20 octobre 2015
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Description du produit
Revue de presse
"[A]n enjoyable guide to the Canon and to the world of Sherlock Holmes." — Scuttlebutt Magazine
"All in all, it's an absolute stunning resource for any Sherlock fan, and a perfect companion to offer any new reader of the original Doyle stories." — Geekdad.com
"It's most definitely a book that can be enjoyed when it's dark and stormy outside and the comfort of home invites for an investigation of the universe of Sherlock Holmes." — The Baker Street Babes
"[A]n encyclopedic, illustrated exploration of the entire canon of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's tales of Sherlock and Dr. Watson." — Parade.com
"Okay, this book came out in October, but since it's ultra-gift-buying time, I wanted to make sure everyone had seen it. BECAUSE IT ROCKS." — BookRiot!
"This delightful and informative source is definitely for the Holmes aficionado." — Voice of Youth Advocates
Présentation de l'éditeur
The Sherlock Holmes Book, the latest in DK's award-winning Big Ideas Simply Explained series, tackles the most "elementary" of subjects — the world of Sherlock Holmes, as told by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.
The Sherlock Holmes Book is packed with witty illustrations, clear graphics, and memorable quotes that make it the perfect Sherlock Holmes guide, covering every case of the world's greatest detective, from A Study in Scarlet to The Adventure of Shoscombe Old Place, placing the stories in a wider context. Stories include at-a-glance flowcharts that show how Holmes reaches his conclusions through deductive reasoning, and character guides provide handy reference for readers and an invaluable resource for fans of the Sherlock Holmes films and TV series.
The Sherlock Holmes Book holds a magnifying glass to the world of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's legendary detective.
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Commentaires client les plus utiles sur Amazon.com
As a lifelong fan of all things relating to the writings of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, I thought I had seen it all. In fact, I was getting a little tired of purchasing books that kept regurgitating the same information again and again with little new or interesting information to add. So, when I purchased this book, I was a little skeptical and prepared for disappointment. Wow, was I wrong!
After the introduction, this book immediately focuses on Sir Arthur Conan Doyle as both an individual and an author with a very short, but highly detailed biography. Then, this book dedicates a few small chapters to each of the key characters in the Sherlock Holmes stories and examines how these fictional characters connected were born of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's real life experiences.
Then, this book launches directly into a study of each story in the Sherlock Holmes canon. All 56 short stories and the 4 novels are examined in the same manner with one story per chapter.
These chapters tend to average about 8 pages per story. Every chapter begins with a sidebar listing technical data about the publication of the story such as publication date, publication format, and the major characters involved. After this technical data, the author presents us with a very abbreviated and concise synopsis of each story in both text and graphic timeline form. It's only after each synopsis that this publication really begins to shine as the author presents a detailed analysis of the story, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's real life influences, the culture of the day, inspirations for the stories, etc...
To best illustrate the masterful way this book handles a Sherlock Holmes story, let's take "A Study In Scarlet" as an example:
Page 38: Technical data about "A Study in Scarlet" and the publication of the story.
Page 38-39: A graphic timeline of the chapters and major plot points (top half of pages)
Page 38-39: A detailed synopsis of "A Study in Scarlet" (bottom half of the pages)
Page 40: The author discusses the forces that brought Holmes and Watson together for the first time. Discusses the mental abilities of Holmes that were displayed in the story.
Page 41: Focuses on Doyle and how his personal life and experiences led to the creation of the famous detective. (top half of the page).
Page 41: A graph shows how Holmes was able to determine Dr. Watson's history when he first meets him (bottom half of the page).
Page 42: Discusses why Sir Arthur Conan Doyle decided to use the Mormon faith as a key element in the story, along with an examination of Brigham Young.
Page 43: Discusses how Sir Arthur Conan Doyle cleverly uses Dr. Watson's character to place the reader in his shoes during times of revelation and amazement. This section also focuses and Doyle's personal struggles attempting to have his first Sherlock Holmes story published.
Although each chapter focuses on a different story, the format is very similar and very entertaining. Of course, if you have never read the original stories, this book is one big SPOILER...so be careful!
After all the stories in the original canon are explored, this book concludes with several chapters discussing subjects such as the Victorian world, Sherlock's effect on society, the art of deduction, criminology and forensics, crime writing, fandom, and the many stage and screen productions featuring the great detective.
This book is a MUST HAVE for any fan of Sherlock Holmes. :)
However, the Kindle version has a number of problems. There were quite a few (almost two dozen) "pages" missing - I would tap to turn the page and it would be blank (sometimes for several "pages"), only picking up after I had clearly missed some of the text. The book includes a number of illustrations and diagrams - some of which could be enlarged for easier reading, and some of which could not.
For Holmes fans, it would be worth purchasing a paper copy of this fine work. Something - indeed, quite a bit - is lost in the translation to ebook format.