There are few books that can be read years after you first read them, and you read them with the same amazement as you felt back then. One such book which comes to mind is this one, The Hound of the Baskervilles. This book has a special place in my memories as it is the first ever book that I read at my school library. It introduced me to the detective I’d later come to know as the only consulting detective, Sherlock Holmes.
The novel brings a bit of mystery, a bit of crime fiction, and starts with a hint to the supernatural as well. Holmes observes Watson looking at a cane, and asks him to deduce an idea of the owner. The owner Dr. Mortimer arrives toward the end of this discussion and presents the problem for Holmes, giving the history of the matter as well. In the Baskerville family, there runs a legend that began with Hugo Baskerville’s death. The legend which has been the “pet story” of the family since then, returns in the death of Charles Baskerville as well, and gives Dr. Mortimer doubts as to what to say to distant relative Henry Baskerville who is the heir to the Baskerville fortune. The story follows Watson, who accompanies Henry to Baskerville Hall, and the events that transpire after.
What I love about this book is that I go from start to finish without feeling bored. I suppose it’s not just the mystery of it all, but the notion that there might be something supernatural as well, that pushes the read along nicely. Small sub-plots, like Henry falling in love, or what was going on Charles Baskerville’s life before his untimely death, they add to the interest and open possibilities for the sleuths trying to solve the case along with Holmes and Watson as well. And then of course, there is the character sketch of Sherlock Holmes itself, for which I have no words to describe. I don’t have anything negative to say about this story, because it is that good and one of my all-time favorites.
This is a book that can be read again and again. And I certainly will be.
|Title: The Hound of the Baskervilles||Series: Sherlock Holmes #5|
|Author(s): Sir Arthur Conan Doyle||Genre: Crime Fiction|
|ISBN/ASIN: 9780241952870||Publisher: Penguin|
(© 20th September 2015)