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A Study in Scarlet by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

A Study in Scarlet (1887)

by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

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A Study in Scarlet by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (1887)

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La comparsa di Sherlock Holmes sulla scena letteraria avviene con questo che è il primo dei quattro romanzi a lui dedicati (oltre ai numerosissimi racconti), fra i quali gli è superiore solo ‘Il mastino dei Baskerville’. E questo malgrado lo spazio lasciato alla ricerca del colpevole sia ridotto: l’inizio è occupato dall’introduzione dei personaggi – l’investigatore, i suoi metodi e lo stolido Watson che racconta il tutto – e la spiegazione del delitto la prende molto alla lontana, con una sorta di romanzo western, che si porta via un terzo delle pagine, innestato nel giallo londinese. Uno schema che sarà ripetuto ne ‘La valle della paura’, sia pure a supporto di un intreccio meno valido: il lettore si trova dibattuto tra la bellezza delle pagine dedicate agli spazi aperti dello Utah e il bisogno di tornare all’ambientazione britannica, anzi alla città di Londra, che pare inscindibile dai personaggi principali. Bisogna dire che l’autore non fa nulla per rendere simpatico Holmes, ritraendolo come un tizio strambo e ai limiti del maniacale – beffarda pare la lista, redatta da Watson, delle sue conoscenze nei vari ambiti – ma con una straordinaria capacità di osservazione e un acume profondo esercitato soprattutto nel metodo deduttivo (l’ispirazione del quale venne a Conan Doyle da un suo professore universitario). Il buon Watson, reduce dall’Afghanistan, si adatta con la sua intelligenza media alla convivenza in Baker Street, restando sempre più ammirato dalle doti di quello che pian piano diventa un amico, sia pur scorbutico: la morte, all’apparenza inspiegabile, di un americano in una casa abbandonata della periferia viene risolto in souplesse nel giro di tre giorni con scorno di Scotland Yard che però riesce ad attribuirsene i meriti. Forse, per gli standard odierni, l’individuazione dell’assassino avviene con eccessiva facilità e pure qualche forzatura (non tutti i passaggi sono così logici come Holmes vorrebbe e qualcuno dà l’impressione di non reggere a un’analisi approfondita) ma la lettura scorre con estrema facilità mentre le pagine richiedono di essere voltate: motivi per cui Conand Doyle, grazie al suo personaggio odiato e amato (ma che, non va dimenticato, è un precursore), funziona ancora oggi anche di fronte a un pubblico assai più smaliziato. ( )
  catcarlo | Oct 8, 2014 |
Before reading this, my first reading of the Arthur Conan Doyle originals, my first encounter with Sherlock Holmes was CSI's Who Shot Sherlock episode. Since then I've enjoyed the likes of Mr. Patrick Jane of The Mentalist, Benedict Cumberbatch's Sherlock (BBC) and Johnny Lee Miller's Elementary. I'd also argue there's a bit of Holmes in Sheldon of The Big Bang Theory as well. Those adaptations far surpassed the original. Sherlock in particular, provides the closest modern interpretation of the original text and was far more enjoyable.

There's no question: Holmes is an arrogant ass, but where current interpretations have differed and improved is by providing other sympathetic characters and a sense of adventure and fun to balance out the insufferable Holmes' ego. Without those here, I was tempted to reach into the book and throttle Mr. I'm Better Than Everyone Else.

Part I managed to hold my attention, the beginning of which was very intriguing, but Part II saw me confused by the change of scenery and characters, and felt overly long for the information it was conveying. The portrayal of Mormonism left me uncomfortable. Since I'm not very familiar with their way of life I'm unable to comment on it's veracity here, though my gut says it's an unfavourable, extremist and sensational portrayal you might come across in the media when detailing a crime(s) in those communities, similar to those described in The Chosen One.

Another complaint I have applies to the plot itself. I've become accustomed to playing along in solving the mystery alongside the investigators while reading or watching crime and I was unable to do this here. Sherlock alone spots clues and keeps them all to himself until his big reveal -that's the one major downside to reading Watson's POV.

Despite finding [b:A Study in Scarlet|102868|A Study in Scarlet (Sherlock Holmes, #1)|Arthur Conan Doyle|http://d.gr-assets.com/books/1348362236s/102868.jpg|1997473] a disappointing venture, I think I'll continue to read more of the originals hoping Sir [a:Arthur Conan Doyle|2448|Arthur Conan Doyle|http://d.gr-assets.com/authors/1289836561p2/2448.jpg]'s supposed talent developed into providing a more engaging read.

*Read as part of [b:The Complete Sherlock Holmes|16566323|The Complete Sherlock Holmes|Arthur Conan Doyle|http://d.gr-assets.com/books/1355399574s/16566323.jpg|7492217], here. ( )
  Cynical_Ames | Sep 23, 2014 |
I finished this book in pretty much one sitting, both to try to take advantage of my spring break to catch up on the 50 book challenge and to finish reading one of the many books lent to me by my sister in order to fill a box that I will be sending to her shortly. Though I didn't expect to finish it quite so quickly. I was instantly transported back to the days of watching Sherlock Holmes on PBS with my father and said sister. When is that series going to come out on DVD? ::sigh:: Anyway, the book was completely absorbing, though I have to wonder if early Mormon history was as bloodthirsty as dear Sir Arthur makes it out to me. But I won't say anything else so as not to spoil the ending. ( )
  greeniezona | Sep 20, 2014 |
I've read many of the Sherlock Holmes stories, but somehow I missed this first novella that starts the Sherlock Holmes legend. This is the first story where Holmes meets Watson and the world is introduced to Holmes' bizarre behavior and his science of deductive reasoning. SPOILER ALERT - The mystery in this book was strong, but what I really enjoyed was the background story about the two murdered victims and the murderer. The victims are two men who used to be Elders in the Mormon Church. Back in Utah, one of the men forced a young woman to be one of his many wives, even though she was already betrothed to another man. The woman dies of a broken heart and her fiance spends the rest of his life chasing the two men all over the world to avenge his lover's death. I found the portion of the book that didn't involve Holmes and Watson to be fascinating, partly because it showed how some people viewed Mormons during the 19th Century, but also because the story was so well told. It made me wonder if there were other non-Sherlock Holmes stories that could have been written by this great author. ( )
  jmoncton | Aug 31, 2014 |
I vaguely knew , but had kind of forgotten just how much of this book takes place in America (among Mormons, no less!). It's so weird.

It's like, you carry around this sense in your soul of who Arthur Conan Doyle is, and what Sherlock Holmes mysteries are like, and there's lots of violin playing and pipe smoking and breakfasts at 221b and it's all quite civilized, and you forget all about these pioneer people herdin' cattle and goin' a courtin' in Salt Lake City. It was surprisingly okay, though.

I was more puzzled by the ending, elements of which seem like a weird departure from the rest of the mystery. ( )
  amydross | Aug 30, 2014 |
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The Complete Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle

Sherlock Holmes: The Complete Illustrated Novels by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

A Study in Scarlet; The Hound of the Baskervilles by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

Six Great Sherlock Holmes Stories by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

A Study in Scarlet; and The Sign of Four by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

The adventures of Sherlock Holmes ; The memoirs of Sherlock Holmes ; The return of Sherlock Holmes ; The hound of the Baskervilles ; A study in scarlet ... the Bruce-Partington plans (Masters Library) by Arthur Conan Doyle

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In the year 1878 I took my degree of Doctor of Medicine of the University of London, and proceeded to Netley to go through the course prescribed for surgeons in the Army.
There is no satisfaction in vengeance unless the offender has time to realize who it is that strikes him, and why retribution has come upon him.
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Who killed the two American travellers [book spelling] ... one with a poison pill, the other with a knife to the heart?

Why did the murderer inscribe the German word for "vengeance" in blood? Why did he leave behind a woman's wedding ring?

What was the connection between these two deaths and thd dangerous Socialist societies flourishing on the Continent and in America?

And how did Holmes, in London, unravel a mystery that began in the desert wastes of Utah, spread to the capital cities of Europe and came to a fatal climax in England?
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Arthur Conan Doyle's Study in Scarlet is the first published story involving the legendary Sherlock Holmes, arguably the world's best-known detective, and the first narrative by Holmes's Boswell, the unassuming Dr. Watson, a military surgeon lately returned from the Afghan War. Watson needs a flat-mate and a diversion. Holmes needs a foil. And thus a great literary collaboration begins.

Watson and Holmes move to a now-famous address, 221B Baker Street, where Watson is introduced to Holmes's eccentricities as well as his uncanny ability to deduce information about his fellow beings. Somewhat shaken by Holmes's egotism, Watson is nonetheless dazzled by his seemingly magical ability to provide detailed information about a man glimpsed once under the streetlamp across the road.

Then murder. Facing a deserted house, a twisted corpse with no wounds, a mysterious phrase drawn in blood on the wall, and the buffoons of Scotland Yard--Lestrade and Gregson--Holmes measures, observes, picks up a pinch of this and a pinch of that, and generally baffles his faithful Watson. Later, Holmes explains: "In solving a problem of this sort, the grand thing is to be able to reason backward.... There are few people who, if you told them a result, would be able to evolve from their own inner consciousness what the steps were which led up to that result." Holmes is in that elite group.

Conan Doyle quickly learned that it was Holmes's deductions that were of most interest to his readers. The lengthy flashback, while a convention of popular fiction, simply distracted from readers' real focus. It is when Holmes and Watson gather before the coal fire and Holmes sums up the deductions that led him to the successful apprehension of the criminal that we are most captivated. Subsequent Holmes stories--The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, The Return of Sherlock Holmes, and The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes--rightly plunge the twosome directly into the middle of a baffling crime, piling mystery upon mystery until Holmes's denouement once more leaves the dazzled Watson murmuring, "You are wonderful, Holmes!" Generations of readers agree. --Barbara Schlieper

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In this first of the Sherlock Holmes stories, Holmes and Dr. Watson investigate the murder of an American and his private secretary.

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