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The Hound of the Baskervilles (Penguin Classics) [Hardcover]

Arthur Conan Doyle , Christopher Frayling , Coralie Bickford-Smith
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September 28, 2010 0141192437 978-0141192437 Reprint
Perhaps the most popular of all Sherlock Holmes stories, The Hound of the Baskervilles combines the traditional detective tale with elements of horror. When Sir Charles Baskerville is found dead on the wild Devon moorland with the footprints of a giant hound nearby, the blame is placed on a family curse-and it is up to Holmes and Watson to solve the mystery of the legend. Rationalism is pitted against the supernatural and good against evil, as Sherlock Holmes tries to defeat a foe almost his equal.


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We owe 1902's The Hound of the Baskervilles to Arthur Conan Doyle's good friend Fletcher "Bobbles" Robinson, who took him to visit some scary English moors and prehistoric ruins, and told him marvelous local legends about escaped prisoners and a 17th-century aristocrat who fell afoul of the family dog. Doyle transmogrified the legend: generations ago, a hound of hell tore out the throat of devilish Hugo Baskerville on the moonlit moor. Poor, accursed Baskerville Hall now has another mysterious death: that of Sir Charles Baskerville. Could the culprit somehow be mixed up with secretive servant Barrymore, history-obsessed Dr. Frankland, butterfly-chasing Stapleton, or Selden, the Notting Hill murderer at large? Someone's been signaling with candles from the mansion's windows. Nor can supernatural forces be ruled out. Can Dr. Watson--left alone by Sherlock Holmes to sleuth in fear for much of the novel--save the next Baskerville, Sir Henry, from the hound's fangs?

Many Holmes fans prefer Doyle's complete short stories, but their clockwork logic doesn't match the author's boast about this novel: it's "a real Creeper!" What distinguishes this particular Hound is its fulfillment of Doyle's great debt to Edgar Allan Poe--it's full of ancient woe, low moans, a Grimpen Mire that sucks ponies to Dostoyevskian deaths, and locals digging up Neolithic skulls without next-of-kins' consent. "The longer one stays here the more does the spirit of the moor sink into one's soul," Watson realizes. "Rank reeds and lush, slimy water-plants sent an odour of decay ... while a false step plunged us more than once thigh-deep into the dark, quivering mire, which shook for yards in soft undulations around our feet ... it was as if some malignant hand was tugging us down into those obscene depths." Read on--but, reader, watch your step! --Tim Appelo --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

From School Library Journal

Grade 9 Up-In what is arguably both the best Sherlock Holmes story in the canon and one of the classic all-time mystery novels, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle parlays his interest in the occult with keen scientific detection in a story that prominently showcases Dr. Watson. Upon hearing Dr. James Mortimer's saga of the haunted Baskerville family and the recent death of family head Sir Charles Baskerville, apparently from the hound of the legend, Holmes and Watson begin their investigation. When the estate's heir, Sir Henry Baskerville, arrives in London from Canada strange things immediately occur and Holmes dispatches Watson to accompany Sir Henry to Baskerville Hall. Situated in Dartmoor in Devonshire, the estate borders a tremendous moor that includes Grimpen Mire, the deadly quicksand-like bog, and provides the Gothic atmosphere that so beautifully saturates the storyAthe oppressive manor and nightly sounds of a wailing woman, Neolithic ruins and monoliths throughout the moor, a mysterious butler and his agitated wife, an escaped killer at-large on the moor, and the spectral and murderous hound. This expurgated version is wonderfully conceived and executed in every aspect, but particularly in the dexterous delivery of veteran British actor, Tony Britton. His diverse and distinctive portrayal of over a dozen characters is singularly commanding. This literary masterwork that has found its simpatico audio incarnation should be an obligatory purchase for all audio collections.
Barry X. Miller, Austin Public Library, TX
Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

Product Details

  • Series: Penguin Classics
  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Classics Hardcover; Reprint edition (September 28, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0141192437
  • ISBN-13: 978-0141192437
  • Product Dimensions: 7.9 x 5.3 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (434 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #34,236 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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42 of 50 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Missing parts February 28, 2010
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I concur with previous reviews. Unacceptable copy as it is mising passages - as mentioned before - which creates the most confusion from the very start. Should be removed from the Amazon catalog as it is unbecoming of this vendor. SAVE YOUR TIME. DO NOT DOWNLOAD IT.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A nonstop page turner! August 17, 2005
Format:Mass Market Paperback
When I began the book, I thought it would be slow going because it was written about 100 years ago. I was SO wrong! I finished the book in a period of less than 24 hours!!! This is an absolutely fabulous book! Doyle's use of language is masterful, and you are swept away to the moor with its swamps, jagged cliffs, and massive hills. I can honestly say I was quite spooked as I was reading some of it at night!

Since this is the first novel I have ever read by Doyle, I didn't know what to expect. But the twists in the plot and the constant itching to know what was going to happen next had me hooked!

I watched the 1959 movie after reading this, and I have to say it was a disgrace. I don't know if I would be happy seeing any of the versions, only because I don't know if any of them could even compare to the rich world and language used by Doyle to transport you to Devonshire!! But of course, the book is always better than the movie. :)
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "A devilish affair" January 29, 2006
Format:Paperback
When Henry Baskerville, the last remaining scion of the family, travels from Canada to England to take up residence in Baskerville Hall after the puzzling violent death of his uncle, Sir Charles, he is immediately greeted with a string of baffling mysteries not the least of which is the legend of an enormous hound residing on the moors in Devon. Dr James Mortimer, family friend to the Baskervilles, engages Holmes and Watson to advise and protect Henry and to resolve the issue of the hound's existence once and for all. Not one to believe in supernatural phantoms such as this spectral hound from hell endowed with "blazing eyes and dripping jaws", Holmes dispatches Watson to scout out the terrain and place the neighbouring residents under the proverbial magnifying glass - Stapleton, the accomplished entomologist and his beautiful sister, Beryl, who attempts to warn off Henry from taking up residence in the hall; Frankland, a crotchety busybody with a telescope and his troubled daughter, Laura Lyons, recovering from an ill-advised marriage; and the Barrymores, long time butler and housekeeper to the Baskerville family, who are clearly carrying a disturbing secret of their own.

True to the well-established paradigm of the Holmes canon, Doyle allows Watson to tell the tale with a deliciously full serving of speculation, theorizing based on "incomplete data", emotion, gentlemanly bravado, flowery Victorian atmosphere, elegant dialogue, and extensive detail on the routine of daily living at the turn of the century such as communicating by telegram and traveling by coach.
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20 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Awesome book! January 19, 2006
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Format:Mass Market Paperback
The Baskerville family had a myth that haunted them for ages. When it finally comes true, Mr. Sherlock Holmes must come to the rescue. The Baskerville myth of a dog that kills all descendants of the Baskervilles at night on the moor has haunted the family for ages. So, when Sir Charles Baskerville is found dead on the moor, everyone assumes it was the hound. Sir Henry, who is Sir Charles' nephew, comes and inherits the estate with Holmes closely watching. Sir Henry meets the Stapletons, a young couple that are his closest neighbors, and begins to fall in love with Ms. Stapleton. Holmes puts Sir Henry's life at stake at the end of the book, and they catch the culprit in the act. This book is an excellent read that would be the perfect story to read when you can't decide between a mystery and an adventure.

This book is an example of how much Sherlock Holmes cares about other people's feelings. When Holmes sent Watson with Sir Henry to inherit the estate , he didn't tell Watson that he would follow to make sure everything was OK, which made Watson feel betrayed and not trusted. Holmes also told Watson that Cartwright had supplied all of his needs for him, which made Watson even more upset. At the end of this story, Holmes puts Sir Henry's life on the line when he lets the hound jump on Sir Henry before he kills it, petrifying Sir Henry with fear.

The antagonist is really good at disguising himself in this book. He outsmarts Sherlock Holmes in London with a full black beard, and calling himself Sherlock Homes. The Antagonist also befriends the Baskervilles so that they would never suspect him as the culprit. His plans are very smart, from bribing Sir Charles out of his house to attempting to kill Sir Henry the way back from a friendly dinner.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Where it all began January 7, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
Part I

The Storyline
This being the first story in the Sherlock Holmes series, this is also the introduction of the two main characters: Holmes and Watson. After meeting one another they agree to move in together as they were both in need of a roommate. Shortly after, a man is discovered as being murdered and Sherlock Holmes is asked to evaluate the scene to determine if there is any evidence of who may have done it. The only clue is a woman's wedding ring and the words "RACHE" written in blood on the wall.

My Thoughts
Okay so... I think I have a bit of a crush. I loved Sherlock eccentricity and how unconventional he was. I will admit, the mystery wasn't really much of a mystery but it was still entertaining nonetheless. It did get a big "oooohhhhhhhhh...." from me once the mystery was finally solved though. Silly me, probably should have seen that one coming.

`There is no mystery about it at all. I am simply applying to ordinary life a few of those precepts of observation and deduction which I advocated in that article. Is there anything else that puzzles you?'

Part II
So, umm... I thought I missed something. The second half of this book was almost like a different book entirely and all of a sudden I'm right smack dab in the middle of Utah and everyone has buckets o' wives?

Anyways. Essentially, the second half of this book was a major bash-fest on the Mormons. I figure that's why it ended up on the banned book list.

"We have come," continued Stangerson, "at the advice of our fathers to solicit the hand of your daughter for whichever of us may seem good to you and to her. As I have but four wives and Brother Drebber here has seven, it appears to me that my claim is the stronger one."

Uh-huh. Five is definitely better than eight.

Overall, pretty enjoyable, would definitely be interested in reading more about Sherlock most definitely.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
A+++++
Published 3 days ago by joseph white
3.0 out of 5 stars tiny print, condition excellent
The book was exactly as advertised. The print contained in the book is tiny. I wish I had known that before purchase.
Published 14 days ago by Ricky E. Norred
5.0 out of 5 stars A Classic Holmes Mystery
This novel of Sherlock Holmes’ detection follows the famous detective as he investigates the haunting of Baskerville Hall by a ghostly, monstrous hound. Read more
Published 28 days ago by Louis Foster
5.0 out of 5 stars I really enjoyed this book
It was suspenseful and riveting. I felt as if I were there on the Moor with Watson and Sherlock. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys mysteries..
Published 1 month ago by Reta46
4.0 out of 5 stars Great mystery!
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Wish I had read it as a youth, but am so glad I read it with my children. We look forward to reading more of Arthur Conan Doyle's mysteries!
Published 1 month ago by Stacey Conlogue
3.0 out of 5 stars The story is amazing the packaging not so much
I just went through and noticed all my new cloth bounds and their screen print designs were rubbing off with their packaging stickers. Really? Read more
Published 2 months ago by demongodloki
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb!
In this particular adventure, Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson deal with a legendary hound who kills Baskervilles family members, a curse that Holmes and Dr. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Roberto Mattos
5.0 out of 5 stars A New Reader for an Old Book
I may be the only person on the planet who had never read The Hound of the Baskervilles or seen any movie based on it. Read more
Published 3 months ago by jiffy
5.0 out of 5 stars You'll love the story.
This is one of the very best Sherlock Holmes stories ever written. A little scary in spots so you may not want to read it at night if you're alone or if you're prone to... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Grammie J
5.0 out of 5 stars Study in Scarlett
Very good read, I thoroughly enjoyed the book as I enjoy all of my Sir Arthur Conan Doyle books, danke
Published 3 months ago by Randall B. Coapstick
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