Oct 9, 2010

Baskerville'lerin Köpeği (The Hound of the Baskervilles)

Original Title: The Hound of the Baskervilles
Turkish Title: Baskerville'lerin Köpeği
English Title: The Hound of the Baskervilles
Author: Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
Pages: 228
Rating: 4/5
Applicable Challenges: 50 Books A Year
We agreed to read this book for our online book club back in April 2010. I was so happy that we chose this book because I read another version of this book during my high school years. It was a special edition for intermediate level English learners. At the end, I did read the book but couldn’t participate in the discussions because of my business travels. Such a pity…

The Hound of the Baskervilles is considered as one of the most prestigious writings of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. The mystery begins with Dr. Watson and Sherlock Holmes finding a cane that was left in their office. As usual, Holmes astonishes Dr. Watson by guessing the person who left it and predicting his return to their office. Their visitor, Doctor James Mortimer briefs them on the facts regarding a mystery he has found himself about a curse brought on by a Baskerville ancestor.
The setting for the story of the Hound of the Baskervilles came from Doyle’s visit to the English moors. While he was there, he visited prehistoric ruins and heard tales of missing prisoners and a local legend about a dog. From there, he developed the tale of the Baskerville hound.
It was a light and easy read. I believe that is why Sherlock Holmes mysteries are so popular. They are easy to read and quickly paced. Holmes’s observation power and deduction skills are so admirable. With a little trick, Doyle makes the reader think that with a little help and lots of practice, it is possible to replicate how Holmes solves the mysteries.

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