Como definiria a palavra grotesco? Lembre-se do incidente dos homens ruivos. Nenhuma mulher enviaria um telegrama com resposta paga. Teria vindo pessoalmente. Holmes — principiou. Scott Eccles — disse Holmes em tom brando.

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The birth of a legend This is it Being the non-conformist rebel that I am, I started off bassackwards by reading The Valley of Fear and then The Adventure of the Final Problem because those were the two stories with Moriarty in them. Shocking, I know, but thats just how I roll. Btw, it still really chaffs my cheeks that Doyle wrote 56 short stories and 4 The birth of a legend Btw, it still really chaffs my cheeks that Doyle wrote 56 short stories and 4 novels about Holmes and the arch-enemy appears in exactly TWO.

I know less is sometimes more but, come on Doyle, that is on the scrimpy side of weak. Anyway, I have now circled back and returned to the genesis of the Sherlockian mythos and begun with the tale that started it all. Now, for those that have never read any of the Holmes mysteries, I have come to believe that your level of enjoyment of these stories will be directly proportional to your feelings toward Sherlock Holmes himself.

In addition, his plotting and pacing are excellent and I think mystery fans will appreciate both the content and structure of the central investigation and the procedural components of clue-gathering and interpretation. These things all point towards a pleasurable experience, However, in the end, the most important barometer in gauging your level of happy will be your reaction to Holmes himself.

Holmes investigates Holmes figures it out Watson slobbers all over Holmes From a personality standpoint, one of my buddies here on GR said it best Part of that appeal is precisely because he is such a prickish turd in the social skill department. However it his mental faculties, the trait he is best known for, that makes him so intriguing. Yes, he is brilliant. However, that is not the end of the story Paul Harvey because it is a unique and very specialized kind of brilliance. Holmes knows the details, and I mean details, of every major crime to have been perpetrated in Europe and possibly beyond over the last years.

However, as is divulged in this story, Holmes also has no idea that the Earth travels around the sun. A fool takes in all the lumber of every sort that he comes across, so that the knowledge which might be useful to him gets crowded out, or at best is jumbled up with a lot of other things so that he has a difficulty in laying his hands upon it.

Now the skillful workman is very careful indeed as to what he takes into his brain-attic. He will have nothing but the tools which may help him in doing his work, but of these he has a large assortment, and all in the most perfect order. It is a mistake to think that that little room has elastic walls and can distend to any extent.

Depend upon it there comes a time when for every addition of knowledge you forget something that you knew before. It is of the highest importance, therefore, not to have useless facts elbowing out the useful ones. This just struck me as particularly awesome from a story perspective. Additionally, he solves crimes not because of a perceived duty, but merely because it is the only thing that keeps the boredom of life away. Finally, I also see Holmes as a tragic figure. He is a sad, lonely and devoid of any lasting sense of contentment or pleasure.

While alive and invigorated when the game is afoot, most of his time is spent as a mere husk of a man with no feeling of day-to-day happiness. All of this makes Holmes an extraordinarily compelling figure to me and one I hope to spend a lot more time reading about. While I did not enjoy this as much as The Adventure of the Final Problem my favorite so far , I was still glued to the page watching Holmes maneuver through his scenes and really enjoyed the flashback portion set in America.

I look forward to many more of his adventures.


Um Estudo em Vermelho – Sherlock Holmes – Arthur Conan Doyle

We finally meet. I was very captivated by the characters in the first chapters, when I meet them for the first time. They were simple, yet interesting. Watson is largely just a spectator, hardly ever doing anything to advance the story, and Sherlock proved himself to be The famous Sherlock Holmes.


Um estudo em vermelho – Primeira parte, Capítulo 1


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