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The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (1892)

by Arthur Conan Doyle

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The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes collects Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's first twelve short stories about his famous London detective. It begins with the first meeting of Holmes and his sidekick Watson, who narrates the stories. Doyle was the first to employ the sidekick technique, thereby creating a character in just as much suspense and awe as his readership at the mental escapades of the erratic, terrifyingly intelligent Holmes.

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This is the first Sherlock Holmes I've ever read, though like many, I've seen various adaptations. I started with this book of short stories mostly because it was the one I owned. I've never been a huge fan of short stories, though, and while I wish now that I'd started by checking A Study in Scarlet out from the library, I'm still glad I've started reading Holmes in any form. The issue with reading this book of shorter mysteries, though, is that a lot of the clients start to blend together, as many of them talk and act similarly when they bring Holmes their case. I did spread the stories out, reading 3 at a time, then reading other books before coming back for more, and I think that helped some.

My view of Holmes and Watson, and even some of the other characters, started with an understanding based on some of the adaptations I've seen, and while Holmes was indeed standoffish and generally assumed he was the smartest one in the room, I didn't think he was quite as cold as I've seen him portrayed. A few of the cases were really interesting, while there were a couple that I thought had a much less intriguing solution. The introduction of Irene Adler wasn't at all what I expected, but I wonder if she'll be back in a future story. Overall, I enjoyed reading these vignettes, and have a feeling I'll appreciate even more the longer stories when I get to them. ( )
  Kristi_D | Sep 22, 2023 |
Excellent! My Watson & Sherlock crush continues. ( )
  beentsy | Aug 12, 2023 |
"Holmes," said I as I stood one morning in our bow-window looking down the street, "here is a madman coming along. It seems rather sad that his relatives should allow him to come out alone." ( )
  Jon_Hansen | Aug 2, 2023 |
Puoi trovare questa recensione anche sul mio blog ---> La siepe di more

Questa è stata in realtà una rilettura, ma con Sherlock Holmes è sempre in piacere. In particolare, a Le avventure di Sherlock Holmes sono affezionata perché è uno dei primi libri che abbia mai letto in lingua originale.

In questa raccolta incontriamo due donne molto importati e che avranno un certo successo nell'immaginario collettivo: una è Mary Morstan, futura moglie del dottor Watson; l'altra è la Donna, come la chiama con grande rispetto Sherlock Holmes: sto parlando di Irene Adler, l'unica che sia riuscita a fregarlo.

Per il resto, abbiamo ancora il buon Watson nelle vesti di narratore degli intricati casi risolti dal suo prodigioso amico. Devo dire che, nonostante questa sia una rilettura, i ragionamenti di Holmes mi lasciano ancora a bocca aperta: sapevo come sarebbe andata a finire, ma nonostante questo non avrei saputo dire quali fossero gli indizi.

In conclusione, forse il mio racconto preferito della raccolta è L'avventura del carbonchio azzurro: io non so come sia venuto in mente ad Arthur Conan Doyle di coinvolgere pure un'oca nelle indagini di Sherlock Holmes... ( )
  kristi_test_02 | Jul 28, 2023 |
Book title and author: The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (by Arthur Conan Doyle). 5/3/23

Why I picked this book up: this is the 3rd of 32 books in Banned Books compendium
I won this book from LibraryThing’s April 2023 early review.

Thoughts: from description in The Banned Books Compendium: 32 Classic Forbidden Books by Gringory Lukin (Editor) this book talked about why this book was banned. “The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes is a collection of twelve short stories by British writer Arthur Conan Doyle, first published on 14 October 1892. It contains the earliest short stories featuring the consulting detective Sherlock Holmes, which had been published in twelve monthly issues of The Strand Magazine from July 1891 to June 1892. The stories are collected in the same sequence, which is not supported by any fictional chronology. The only characters common to all twelve are Holmes and Dr. Watson and all are related in first-person narrative from Watson's point of view.
The book was banned in the Soviet Union in 1929 because of its alleged "occultism", but the book gained popularity in a black market of similarly banned books, and the restriction was lifted in 1940.” I think that is interesting since I thought Russian was atheistic. These took me longer to read than I expected. Not all of them were equally as entertaining to me but I liked reading them. Sherlock’s drug use is odd to me. I read he used for his overactive mind. Dr. Watson was not too happy with his drug use. I wonder if he gets his drugs from Dr. Watson?

Why I finished this read: I really enjoyed some of these entertaining stories. Sherlock was so observant, witty, intelligent, logical and kept the pages turning.

Stars rating: I really enjoyed these stories 4 out if 5 stars. ( )
  DrT | May 3, 2023 |
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Doyle, Arthur Conanprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Ambler, EricIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Bonura, GiuseppeContributorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Cosham, RalphNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Davies, David StuartAfterwordsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Friston, D. H.Illustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Fry, StephenNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Gatiss, MarkIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Green, Richard LancelynEditorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Hutchinson, GeorgeIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Hyde, William H.Illustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Ibeas, Juan ManuelTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Judge, PhoebeNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Lázaro Ros, AmandoTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Paget, SidneyIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Powers, Richard M.Illustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Prebble, SimonNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Queen, ElleryIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Rosati Bizzotto, NicolettaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Smith, Edgar WadsworthEditorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Starrett, VincentIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Steele, Frederic DorrIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Tull, PatrickNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Vance, SimonNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed

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To Sherlock Holmes she is always the woman.
'You have the grand gift of silence, Watson,' said he. 'It makes you quite invaluable as a companion.'
'I think, Watson, that you are now standing in the presence of one of the most absolute fools in Europe. I deserve to be kicked from here to Charing Cross.'
'Crime is common. Logic is rare.'
'Data! data! data!' he cried impatiently. 'I can't make bricks without clay.'
'If I claim full justice for my art, it is because it is an impersonal thing – a thing beyond myself. Crime is common. Logic is rare. Therefore it is upon the logic rather than upon the crime that you should dwell. You have degraded what should have been a course of lectures into a series of tales.'
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This is the main work for The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, the original collection of 12 short stories. Examples of this work include the Oxford World's Classics edition (ISBN 0192835084), the Scholastic Classics edition (ISBN 0439574285), Books of Wonder #0001 (ISBN 9780688107826). Be careful not to combine with omnibus editions that contain other works, as they sometimes carry the same title as this work, or with adaptations, abridgements, etc.
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Classic Literature. Fiction. Mystery. HTML:

The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes collects Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's first twelve short stories about his famous London detective. It begins with the first meeting of Holmes and his sidekick Watson, who narrates the stories. Doyle was the first to employ the sidekick technique, thereby creating a character in just as much suspense and awe as his readership at the mental escapades of the erratic, terrifyingly intelligent Holmes.


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  1. A Scandal in Bohemia
  2. The Red-headed League
  3. A Case of Identity
  4. The Boscombe Valley Mystery
  5. The Five Orange Pips
  6. The Man with the Twisted Lip
  7. The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle
  8. The Adventure of the Speckled Band
  9. The Adventure of the Engineer's Thumb
  10. The Adventure of the Noble Bachelor
  11. The Adventure of the Beryl Coronet
  12. The Adventure of the Copper Beeches

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Sherlock Holmes shook his head with a smile. "Beyond the obvious facts that our visitor has at some time done manual labour, that he takes snuff, that he is a Freemason, that he has been in China, and that he has done a considerable amount of writing lately, I can deduce nothing else."

"How did you know all that, Mr Holmes?" our visitor asked?

"Your hands, my dear sir. Your right hand is a size larger than your left. I won't insult your intelligence about the snuff and the Freemasonary, especially as, against the strict rules of your order, you wear a breastpin."

"But the writing?"

"Your right cuff is shiny for five inches, and your left has a smooth patch near the elbow ehre you lean it on the desk."

"But China?"

"The tattooed fish above your right wrist could only have come from China."
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Penguin Australia

3 editions of this book were published by Penguin Australia.

Editions: 0141034351, 0141045167, 0241952905

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