Holmes titled himself a "Consulting Detective". His powers of observation, his understanding of crime, and his insights into the criminal mind were brilliant. His knowledge of things not related to crime were extemely limited, except in opera and the violin.
Like many other authors famous for a single character, Arthur Conan Doyle attempted to "kill" Holmes. But the readers would not let this happen. Holmes eventually appeared in 56 short stories and 4 novels....Continua
La premessa è che non ho ancora letto uno studio in rosso perciò questo è un parere "vergine". Pur non essendo appassionata di gialli questo romanzo (breve) mi ha affascinato. Il fondersi tra investigazione ed ironia lo rende frizzante. L'idea di Holmes che avevo, quella di un investigatore tutto d'un pezzo, noioso e fastidioso, un po' un mix tra Topolino e Colombo, mi si è cancellata dalla mente. Si, è un tuttologi esasperante ma non si può non adorare l'arroganza estrema di questo personaggio al limite, geniale, saccente e sregolato insieme....Continua
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Uh, disappointing. I liked the first Sherlock Holmes book so much, and this one was just... meh.
People fought for treasure and killed one another. I have to say that the plot is really too simple for modern taste, and probably also true for Victorian time, given that Sherlock Holmes didn't get famous for the first two longer novels but only became a national sensation after the short stories published in the Strand Magazine.
This book portraits a different side of Sherlock, a description almost like a James Bond in Victorian time - he was excellent in boxing and even could beat prized fighters; he killed time with cocaine; he was excellent in disguise that even Watson couldn't recognize him. And the book had one full chapter dedicated to boat chasing in river Thames. Compared to the brainy detective in A Study in Scarlet, Sherlock Holmes here has completely different personality. It is almost like that Sir Arthor Conan Doyle forgot what he wrote, and started all over again. (The wound of Watson also moved from shoulder to leg in this book.)
Once again this book set scene in exotic India. This confirmed my belief that this book is actually James Bond in Victorian time - the exotic location, the chasing, the disguise. The only thing missing is the women and the cool gadgets.
This book is important because it described how Watson met his wife.
Good to read for educational purposes.