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The Hound of the Baskervilles
The Hound of the Baskervilles might be the last Holmes novella I’ll ever read, and it’s actually the one I have been most curious about. My first interest in Holmes was A Study in Scarlet, as it combines historical facts with detective story. This one is more exciting because it combines gothic-thriller with detective investigation. I was actually interested in it because of the dark theme, more than the detective aspects. And it turned to be quite enjoyable to the end.
There is a trace of malignity in the Baskervilles family; especially Hugo Baskerville. There was a legend of a hellhound which was started around 17 century, when Hugo sold his soul to the devil in order to capture a farmer’s daughter he wanted to marry. He was later found dead in the moor surrounding the Baskervilles Hall, with a huge black hound tore out his throat. The legend became the hound of the Baskervilles, and it was believed to be a curse to all Baskerville descendents.
Sir Charles Baskervilles was found dead of heart attack outside the Baskerville Hall; a huge animal’s footprints were found near the body. Fearing for the family curse, Dr. Mortimer, a family’s friend, consulted Sherlock Holmes about the arrival of the new Baronet: Sir Henry Baskerville, who would move in to the Baskerville Hall. Holmes took the case very excitingly, because he didn’t believe much in superstition and legends. So along the fifteen chapters of this novella, Doyle brought us to the thrill terror and exciting actions surrounding the gloom moor, to reveal the murderer, and to prevent the next one. I was mostly curious about the hellhound; did it really exist, or was it just a disguised attempt of the villain to murder the Baskervilles?
When I said (in paragraph one) that this would be my last Holmes to read, it is because normally I don’t like Doyle’s Holmes. I think it’s too theoretically, and mostly involves brain and intelligence, rather than empathy. But The Hound of Baskervilles has caught my interest because of its grim theme, and so I decided to read it after all. In the end I quite enjoyed it; the grim mystery and the thrilling action were entertaining. But when it came to the investigation, I wasn’t impressed. And I disliked the writing style, making it as Watson’s journal, and thus reducing the sense of being present inside the scene. Watson’s explanation of the mystery also becomes anticlimax; it feels more like reading a newspaper, rather than a mystery/detective story.
For all that…. Three stars for The Hound of the Baskervilles.
I read from The Complete Sherlock Holmes hardback edition
This book is counted as:
72nd book for The Classics Club Project
71st book for 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die