And so here I am, after four months since I last read Sherlock Holmes the Complete Novels and Stories Volume 1, I am now back on board for Volume 2.
First stop is The Hound of the Baskervilles which I believe is one of the major adventures of Sherlock Holmes and Dr John Watson. You know when it comes to Sherlock Holmes, I am always, always all praises. Even his unusual habits as described in the stories crafted by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle charm me.
In this particular story, Holmes yet again showcased his ingenuity in resolving a very mysterious murder – one that does not only involve a human killer but also a scary and devilish beast.
I must say that accepting the challenge of solving a mystery with such characters is pure bravery and passion for his craft. Sherlock Holmes never fail to show these traits.
At one point, I thought the story is getting boring and there are just too many pieces of information running through my head, given all the details and explanations the author had poured in. I wished then that the story was a bit fast paced so I can somewhat put an end to my agony. But it was sweet though, a sweet agony. For in the end, I was again grateful to Sir Doyle for being as generous as ever to details, even the minute ones that other people may find unnecessary.
Dr John Watson, Sherlock Holmes most trusted friend, biographer and assistant had to spend weeks in the Baskerville Hall, observing the household, guarding the baronet, Sir Henry Baskerville, and reporting to the latter every fact that he thinks may matter in solving this haunting crime – the supposed murder of Sir Charles Baskerville. So this is where all the details came from. The author sure devoted ample time and space for this part.
So for days, I just kept on reading Watson’s reports regarding this case. But patience had definitely paid off for me for after quite a wait, I had come to know more about Sherlock Holmes again. Just like in the first volume, I can truly say that Sherlock Holmes is by far, the best detective in the world of fiction, and by far, my most admired character.
His method of investigation and deduction is something that one cannot fully predict. It is and can only be known by Sherlock Holmes himself. I specifically like one description Dr John Watson made for Sherlock Holmes in this story. It delves on a certain ‘defect’ that Holmes possessed.
“One of Sherlock Holmes defects – if, indeed one may call it a defect – was that he was exceedingly loath to communicate his full plans to any other person until the instant of their fulfilment. Partly it came no doubt from his masterful nature which loved to dominate and surprise those who were around him. Partly also from his professional caution, which urged him never to take any chances. The result, however, was very trying for those who were acting as his agents and assistants. I had often suffered under it, but never more so than during that long drive in the darkness.”
I totally understand where Watson is coming from. The book also gave enough explanation as to why he would feel this way. But no one can blame Sherlock Holmes for his methods are really effective. And I also came to admire Watson, his loyalty and the obedience he displayed towards Sherlock Holmes is really commendable.
This is just the first of the many stories in Volume 2. I just can’t wait to experience the next chapters with Holmes and Watson. I am such a fan. 😀
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