The Hound of the Baskervilles by Arthor Conan Doyle


The Hound of the Baskervilles by Arthor Conan Doyle

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Author: Arthur Conan Doyle
Publisher: Finisterra Books
Copyright Date: 2011
Foundational Characters: Sherlock Holmes, Dr. John Watson, Sir Hugo Baskerville, Sir Charles Baskerville, Air, Henry Baskerville, Dr. Mortimer, Jack Stapleton, Miss Beryl Stapleton, John and Eliza Barrymore, Laura Lyons, and Seldon
Standard Rating: Y
Reviewer Rating: 5
Available Formats: Paperback, Kindle
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0982954328
ISBN-13: 978-0982954324
Book Dimensions: 5 x 8 x 0.5 inches
Page Count: 228
Genre: Fiction
Sub-Genre: Mystery, Detective, Crime, Suspense, Thriller, Ghost Story, Family, Investigation
Tags: Fiction, Mystery, Detective, Crime, Suspense, Thriller, Ghost Story, Family, Investigation

 

Description

From “Origins” on the Wikipedia Page for The Hound of the Baskervilles

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle wrote this story shortly after returning to his home Undershaw from South Africa, where he had worked as a volunteer physician at the Langman Field Hospital in Bloemfontein at the time of the Second Boer War.

Conan Doyle had not written about Sherlock Holmes in eight years, having killed off the character in the 1893 story “The Final Problem”. Although The Hound of the Baskervilles is set before the latter events, two years later Conan Doyle would bring Holmes back for good, explaining in “The Adventure of the Empty House” that Holmes had faked his own death.

He was assisted with the plot by a 30-year-old Daily Express journalist named Bertram Fletcher Robinson (1870–1907). His ideas came from the legend of Richard Cabell, which was the fundamental inspiration for the Baskerville tale of a hellish hound and a cursed country squire. Cabell’s tomb can be seen in the Devon town of Buckfastleigh.

Squire Richard Cabell lived for hunting and was what in those days was described as a ‘monstrously evil man’. He gained this reputation for, amongst other things, immorality and having sold his soul to the Devil. There was also a rumour that he had murdered his wife. On 5 July 1677, he died and was laid to rest in ‘the sepulchre,’ but that was only the beginning of the story. The night of his interment saw a phantom pack of hounds come baying across the moor to howl at his tomb. From that night onwards, he could be found leading the phantom pack across the moor, usually on the anniversary of his death. If the pack were not out hunting, they could be found ranging around his grave howling and shrieking. In an attempt to lay the soul to rest, the villagers built a large building around the tomb, and to be doubly sure a huge slab was placed.

Moreover, Devon’s folklore includes tales of a fearsome supernatural dog known as the Yeth hound that Conan Doyle may have heard.

The Revelation

In this, the 3rd episode of Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes novel series, Holmes and Watson are introduced to Sir Henry Baskerville, the American heir of the Baskerville estate. Having been born in England and raised in the United States, Henry is not unfamiliar with the legend and curse that has followed his family for generations. It was rumored that one of Henry’s Baskerville grandfathers, Sir Hugo Baskerville, who lived in the 17th century, made a deal with the devil, and since that time, a hell hound has followed, tormented, and haunted the Baskervilles intent on ridding the world of the Baskerville family name. After the death of Henry’s uncle, the late Sir Charles Baskerville, Holmes and Watson are retained by Sir Henry to help get to the bottom of the age-old family legend.

With his characteristic wit and unfailing logic, Holmes figures out who is behind the latest chapter of the Baskerville family legend, but not without a sore struggle and much frustration. Before that happens, a number of serious questions need answers: Is the hound a real dog, or is it, in fact, a spectral creature sent from the underworld? If the hound is a real dog, who desires to rid the earth of the Baskerville name, and why? Where on the moor does the hound hide?

If you, like me, and addicted to the classics, love crime and detective stories, and haven’t taken the time to read any of Doyle’s works, The Hound of the Baskervilles will make you a true Holmesian. This is an absolute classic…one that I have wanted to read for years and finally took the time to complete. I am now a very pleased and devoted Holmes/Watson fan myself.

Characteristics

This novel is recommended for all, except the youngest, readers who may find the descriptions of the hound disturbing, and may not appreciate the suspenseful aspect of the novel.

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