A 85% Extraordinary NotesIt establishes setting in gaps between deductions, treating the moor like a living thing an alien primordial wasteland. . I think this is my favorite Arthur Conan Doyle story What a combination you have a mystery, a horror story with a demon like wolfhound, set on a dark English moor I ve never seen an English moor, but I ve experienced them through the great books I ve read I ve imagined Catherine stalking the moor in Wuthering Heights searching for her beloved Heathcliff I ve been with Jane Eyre on Marsh Glen when she heard the cry of Jane Jane Jane from her forlorn Mr Rochester, and I ve felt the terror of being on Dartmoor at night with the howling of a demon hound close by This is a great story and if you only read one Sherlock Holmes, this should be the one. 781 The Hound of the Baskervilles Sherlock Holmes, 5 , Sir Arthur Conan DoyleThe Hound of the Baskervilles is the third of the crime novels written by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle featuring the detective Sherlock Holmes Dr James Mortimer asks Sherlock Holmes for advice following the death of his friend, Sir Charles Baskerville Sir Charles was found dead on the grounds of his Devonshire estate, Baskerville Hall Mortimer now fears for Sir Charles s nephew and sole heir, Sir Henry Baskerville, who is the new master of Baskerville Hall The death was attributed to a heart attack, but Mortimer is suspicious, because Sir Charles died with an expression of horror on his face, and Mortimer noticed the footprints of a gigantic hound about 50 yards from where Sir Charles lay dead The Baskerville family has supposedly been under a curse since the era of the English Civil War when ancestor Hugo Baskerville allegedly offered his soul to the devil for help in abducting a woman and was reportedly killed by a giant spectral hound Sir Charles believed in the curse and was apparently fleeing from something in fright when he died 1997 1375 126 9643052281 20 1379 71 9643509060 1382 220 978963631895 1393 1391 201 9789643807641 1391 242 9786006572895 1902. In the sometimes cold, wet, windy region of southern England called Devonshire, where the land gradually disappears and the stormy sea can be seen, there was a legend of a demonic hound that haunted the Baskerville family through the centuries, beginning in 1647 Hugo Baskerville, a tough individual who got what he wanted until if you are a believer in the supernatural, this vengeful animal mentioned before, came straight from hell, hunted down the vile man and shredding his throat, for a misdeed against an innocent woman, a neighbor The Bible says for this kind of crime future generations must be punished and ever since the Baskerville Hall inhabitants have suffered Now at the dawn of the supposedly enlightened 20th, such nonsense is laughed at but some don t, certainly not the present master of the manor, Sir Charles Baskerville, an old gentleman and he has heard disturbing sounds from the nearby moor, a swampy area, when the rains arrive and it does often Horses, their loud pitiful cries in the night, soon stop, as they sink in the mire and are never to be seen again This desolate place of hills, boulders, wet bogs that remain always that, weird vegetation growing there, a dangerous region, which fogs frequently cover , making it treacherous for man and beast in the darkness, an empty stone huts where primitive people thousands of years ago lived, but not sinceThis gigantic, glowing hound the locals have viewed, are afraid of and Sir Charles s heart , one chilly evening stops while taking a walk outsidewhy Rumors of the creature hunting again, permeates the small village near Baskerville Hall, and the doctor James Mortimer who had treated the poor victim goes to London for help Nobody else but the famous Sherlock Holmes and Dr Watson will do, only the best can solve this case, but evidence points to a simple, regrettable occurrence, an old man dying from a bad, weak heart Peculiar incidents in the illustrious city happen to the great detective , Holmes and Watson are puzzled, then a mysterious message of warning against going to Devonshire from a woman The next of kin Sir Henry Baskerville, a nephew has come a long distant from America to take over but Holmes says he s too busy in London, to assist in the investigation and sends Watson alonethis doesn t sound right The ultimate Sherlock Holmes story I think, it grips the imagination and never lets the suspense end, the mystery flows along almost smoothly, to the very satisfying conclusion. 4.5 stars Sherlock Holmes is at his inscrutable and logical best, Dr Watson is his devoted self and manages to actually be helpful, and the mystery is a solid one, with a gothic feel to it And the Baskerville Hound is truly creepy.Holmes and Watson are visited one morning by a Dr Mortimer, who explains the legend of the supernatural hound who haunts the Baskerville family Many years ago, Hugo Baskerville kidnapped a local maiden, who escaped from his manor and ran off into the moors When Hugo tried to chase her down, a great black beast tore the throat out of Hugo and turned its blazing eyes and dripping jaws upon his friends, who rode off screaming Says the old manuscript Dr Mortimer reads to Holmes and Watson One, it is said, died that very night of what he had seen, and the other twain were but broken men for the rest of their days Now it seems the Hound has arisen again Sir Charles Baskerville, a kindly older gentleman, recently died of a heart attack while running away from something that apparently terrorized him, and Dr Mortimer reports that near him were the footprints of a gigantic hound.Sir Charles heir, Sir Henry Baskerville, returns from Canada to take possession of the Baskerville estate But a mysterious warning is left for Sir Henry Also, some of Sir Henry s possessions disappear, and a sinister man is seen following him Sherlock Holmes and Dr Watson decide to get involved to try to protect Sir Henry from the fate that overtook his relative Holmes, making excuses, sends Watson off to be Sir Henry s bodyguard Off they go to the Baskerville estate on the lonely moor, where not only the Hound and, perhaps, a murderer, but also perils like a dangerous and crazed escaped convict and a quicksand like bog await them All in a day s fun I think the mystery in this book is a better one than those in the prior Sherlock Holmes novels, A Study in Scarlet and The Sign of Four The women characters are a bit helpless Victorian times and all , but Hound of the Baskervilles avoids the major racial and religious slurs and the lengthy and tedious flashbacks that diminish those books If you want a good example of a Sherlock Holmes novel, I recommend you skip the first two and go straight for this one, unless you re a Sherlock completist.
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