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I, Sherlock Holmes: Memoirs of Mr. Sherlock…

I, Sherlock Holmes: Memoirs of Mr. Sherlock Holmes, OM, late consulting…

by Michael Harrison

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The "Facts" are here, but I've had more fun reading the biographical footnotes in "The Annotated Sherlock Holmes", or the masterly biography of Horatio Hornblower by C. Northcote Parkinson. Feel no shame in giving this book the go-by. ( )
  DinadansFriend | Jul 16, 2014 |
Review: This pseudo-autobiography of Sherlock Holmes is a somewhat elliptical tale that orbits between Holmes’ youth and the Great Hiatus more by topic than chronology. It is an interesting book, but makes for heavy reading, especially for modern readers not used to the density of Dickens or Hugo. Like Dickens, Harrison will often wander off to give additional historic details right in the middle of a particular story... I was disappointed to note that although Harrison borrows heavily from William S, Baring-Gould’s Sherlock Holmes of Baker Street, especially in the details of Holmes’ youth, no credit is given to Baring-Gould in the book. I guess that speaks to how well Sherlock Holmes of Baker Street has infiltrated into the Sherlockian/Holmesian consciousness. Sometimes people confuse what Baring-Gould appended to the Canon with the Canon itself. But I think it is important to give credit where credit is due.
The narrator is a likeable and interesting person, but I could not quite bring myself to believe that it was in fact Sherlock Holmes himself who was writing this rambling tale.
Whether you agree with Harrison’s characterizations of Holmes or Watson, the book is chocked full of details of the late Victorian era including many scandals of the day. Those make for interesting reading and in the end you may come away knowing more about Victorian scandals than about either Holmes or Watson.
Reviewed by: Darlene Cypser, June 2005
  mmckay | Apr 11, 2006 |
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To My Wife, Maryvonne, in love and gratitude, remembering how she helped me with the proof-reading
Canon to right of her,Canon to left of her,Canon in front of her,Lest galleys blundered;Calmly she checked and well,Checking each fault that fell,On guard 'gainst the gremlins' spell,Saving the author hell,When critics thundered...
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