Thursday, 18 August 2011
Sherlock Holmes is not only the most famous character in crime fiction, but arguably the most famous character in all fiction. In sixty adventures that pit his extraordinary wits and courage against foreign spies, blackmailers, cultists, petty thieves, murderers, swindlers, policemen (both stupid and clever) and his arch-nemesis Moriarty, Sherlock Holmes, together with his faithful sidekick Doctor John H. Watson, proves himself to be not only the quintessential detective but also the most engaging and entertaining company any reader could ask for.
Despite my love of nineteenth-century fiction this was the first time I ever read Sherlock Holmes. I had always thought it would be interesting to read but never really acted upon that curiosity. The new Sherlock Holmes movie that came out in 2009 (not so new now I suppose) rekindled that curiosity once again and I was even more curious about Holmes. I finally finished the complete collection by Penguin (there are over 1000 pages in total) and thoroughly enjoyed every minute of it. I've always loved mysteries, especially since reading Nancy Drew, and this only fuelled that love. Holmes is a very interesting figure living in Victorian England. He's a very no-nonsense-stick-to-the-facts kind of guy. He is very intelligent (although he claims his brother Mycroft is even more intelligent) and has many interesting ways of getting his facts. All but two of the fifty six short stories and four novels are from Watson's point of view and he does his part spectacularly. I was really drawn in and was immersed in Victorian England. It's no wonder why Sherlock Holmes is one of the most celebrated detectives of fiction. I certainly recommend Holmes' adventures for any mystery lovers.
Quote of the day: "We must fall back upon the old axiom that when all other contingencies fail, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth." - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, The Adventure of the Bruce-Partington Plans