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Arthur Conan Doyle

The Hound of the Baskervilles

It would be hard to nominate a more well-known character in English literature than that of the austere analytical detective Sherlock Holmes, created by Arthur Conan Doyle in the late 1880s. Holmes, alongside his friend and biographer Dr. John Watson, appeared in two initial novels and dozens of short stories serialised in popular magazines, attracting a devoted, almost fanatical following which continues to this day.
The Hound of the Baskervilles, serialised in 1901–1902, was the third novel featuring Holmes and Watson. Sherlock Holmes is consulted in his Baker Street apartment by a Dr. Mortimer, a physician now living on the fringes of Dartmoor. He gives Holmes and Watson an account of a centuries-old legend. The story tells of a hell-hound which slaughtered the debauched heir of the Baskerville family who had been in lecherous pursuit of an innocent maiden across the moor. The same hound is reputed to have harrowed several of the subsequent heirs to the estate.
This ancient story might be dismissed as mere fancy, but for the fact that the elderly Sir Charles Baskerville recently died in very mysterious circumstances, apparently fleeing in terror from something which came from the moor. Dr. Mortimer is concerned that the new heir, Sir Henry, just returned from Canada, may be at risk from this supernatural beast. Holmes is intrigued, but being too busy to go himself, sends Dr. Watson to accompany Sir Henry to the ancestral home on Dartmoor and to report anything suspicious.
The Hound of the Baskervilles is arguably the best and most certainly the most popular of Doyle’s novels featuring his iconic detective. It has been translated into almost every language in the world and been the basis of dozens of movies (starting as early as 1914), radio plays and comic-book versions.
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  • bali72323shared an impression8 years ago
    🚀Unputdownable

    An absolutely thrilling book. It has had me gripped from the begging. An absolute must read!

  • b9636861956shared an impression5 years ago
    🔮Hidden Depths

    Real good suspense

  • Innashared an impressionlast year
    👍Worth reading

    Із задоволенням прослухала твір в оригіналі. У ньому дуже добре відчувається англійська лаконічність, аристократичність і повага співрозмовників один до одного. Українська озвучка більш романтична, милозвучна, з прекрасними описами мальовничої природи, неба, погоди. Твір цікавий. В дитинстві я захоплювалася книгами про Шерлока Холмса. Приємно було ще раз згадати цю детективну історію.

Quotes

  • braijomathewshas quoted9 years ago
    ‘… when you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth.’
  • Leangpheng Kourchhas quotedlast month
    stood upon the hearthrug and picked up the stick which our visitor had left behind him the night before.
  • dalykakreasenghas quoted2 months ago
    It does.”
    “Then let
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