Fiction Friday – The Hound of the Baskervilles

Sherlock Holmes novel

Author: Arthur Conan Doyle
Series: Sherlock Holmes
Genres: detective, fiction
Published: 1902
Pages: 359

“Evil indeed is the man who has not one woman to mourn him.” 
― Arthur Conan DoyleThe Hound of the Baskervilles

Frankly, I am not what you call a real fanatic of the Sherlock Holmes series at all. I do enjoy reading the exciting stories in which Holmes and Watson set foot on yet another case, but I have never willingly taken one of Doyle’s book from the book shelf to read. In fact I stumbled across this one a few years ago for a school assignment and when finding it some day under my bed I came to realize how I had never really read the story itself. That’s how I began with reading The Hound of the Baskervilles for a second time. The storyline is generally about the Baskerville family, who have an old curse laid upon them. It is believed for generations that a gigantic hound will kill each generation of their family. Sir Charles Baskerville is killed and people fear that the hound has returned. For detective Sherlock Holmes this isn’t just a supernatural case. This is murder. It takes him to solve the mystery with his razor-shaped mind.

You may think this is another non-realistic story. In fact many aspects are unrealistic and uncommon, but Doyle compensates by doing much more. His description of the setting is extraordinary while he can make you dream about imaginary places like you know them since you were kids. On top of that comes his wonderful descriptive ability about characters. It gives us the idea that is isn’t another boring Sherlock Holmes story. The characters, such as Holmes himself and Dr Watson were described amazingly — even for people who wouldn’t have heard of the popular detectives.

The question remains, are Doyle’s descriptive powers accurate enough to be relevant to the mystery surrounding the story? The answer to that question is a big yes. Doyle goes to great lengths to show a confidence in his writing which I hadn’t seen before. It makes you wanna read the entire detective all in a day.

Like in other Sherlock Holmes books, this one obviously stays true to the genre. There is more to it thought. The hound of the Baskervilles gets you thinking about various morals and values in your own life as well. Excellent writing, high descriptive powers and a big mystery: Sir Arthur Conan Doyle makes you crave for more Holmes….and Watson.

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