Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle Book Review

Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle is a collection of detective short stories, which showcase ‘The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes with his friend Doctor Watson. Set in the late 1800, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle uses poetic prose in the development of the central characters of the stories, namely; Sherlock Holmes, and Watson as they go out of their way to solve bizarre and unusual cases that even the local police constables including Inspector Bradstreet of the Scotland Yard, and Lestrade are unable to unravel.images

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle detective short stories are full of wit, genius, and mystery. All the cases that are brought to the Detective Holmes are solved with absolute brilliance, making him a fountain of erudition.

The Overall Outlook of the Stories in the Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

Most of the detective stories in Sherlock Holmes are narrated by Dr. Watson, whereas others by Holmes himself, and others by an anonymous third person. Watson is a doctor, who has just been married and moves out of Holmes apartment. He however visits his friend, who lives in Baker Street, and together they set off to investigate cases.

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle detective stories are 56 in number. They were published in four different books, and in all of them, in the end, show how Holmes together with his friend solve the complex mysterious criminal cases involved.

A Scandal in Bohemia in Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyledownload

Of all the cases that Holmes solves, this one involving Irene Adler remains an enigma. Dr. Watson comes from his office, and passes through Baker Street. He decides to visit his friend in the once apartment he used to share with him. He finds him in his rooms, gives him a cigar, stands by the fire, uses his intellect to tell him where he was a day before, and later hands him a letter to read.

As per the contents of the letter, it becomes evident from Holmes introspection that it is from Bohemia and written by a German. The said man, it says, would call on Holmes in the night about quarter to eight though wearing a mask to conceal his identity. The said man comes, and even though he has tried his best to hide his face, Sherlock Holmes calls him his Majesty. Surprised, the king of Bohemia removes his mask, and narrates his problem.

Irene Adler has a picture of the king of Bohemia with her, together with love letters exchanged between them. These will ruin his marriage to Clotilde Lothman von Saxe-Meningen: the daughter of the king of Scandanavia, if they are discovered by the public. The Bohemia king has made all attempts to get these documents in vain, and wishes for Sherlock Holmes to get them for him.

Holmes plots a way to get the documents, but Irene Adler outwits him. As she has found a man who will marry her, she says she sees no need of blackmailing the king, though she remains with the documents for safe keeping, to protect her from the king’s wrath.images (1)

Genius in the Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle has created a well rounded character, who surpasses all human weakness. He is no short of a genius, for he solves cases that otherwise seem impossible to decipher. Using prose, Doyle has made the character of Holmes seem indispensible. His wide array of knowledge in chemistry, biology, and other fields of science and nature, together with crime, gives him the advantage to deduce cases that seem bizarre and uncanny.

Sherlock Homes comes out like the perfect man; a superhero, who has higher metal faculty, intelligence, and knowledge than the norm being to even solve mysteries with mere observation. For instance in the case of the ‘The Red-Headed League’, Holmes is able to deduce by observation that Mr. Jabez Wilson has done some manual labour; he is a freemason, and takes snuff. In another adventure of ‘A Case of Identity,’ Holmes is able to determine the nature of a case by merely reading the title in a newspaper. Using surrealism Holmes is able to logically reason out cases, and at times he does even not sleep like in the case of ‘The Man with the Twisted Lip’ while trying to solve the mystery.

Language and Dialogue in Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyleimages (2)

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle has used poetic prose in narrating the events of ‘Adventures of Sherlock Holmes’. His wide understanding and mastery of the English language; imagery, and complex long sentences that are well punctuated, makes the stories to be a gripping read. Doyle further integrates short sentences with long ones, thus making his writing clever, witty with complex plots, and happy endings.

The dialogues between characters in the stories comes off logically and amusing. For instance when Dr. Watson talks with Holmes, the dialogue comes out rationally yet at flows easily as like actual people conversing in reality. Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle is an amazing work to read, as it presents both entertainment and knowledge.

4 Responses to “Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle Book Review”

  1. Sherlock Holmes is one of the best literary compositions of all time.

  2. Absolutely, there is some great contrast in the two books, and one thing that stands out is the style the two authors use in the telling of the stories. I’m happy that you have noticed this about the two books, thanks.

  3. Thank you for your warm sentiments. I’m glad you enjoy reading my stuff, and sorry I took so long to get back to you. Keep coming back for more sensational posts. Thanks.


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