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Tutto Sherlock Holmes
Tutto Sherlock Holmes
Tutto Sherlock Holmes
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Tutto Sherlock Holmes

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• Uno studio in rosso
• Il segno dei Quattro
• Le avventure di Sherlock Holmes
• Le memorie di Sherlock Holmes
• Il mastino dei Baskerville
• Il ritorno di Sherlock Holmes
• La Valle della Paura
• L’ultimo saluto
• Il taccuino di Sherlock Holmes

Il 1887 rappresenta una data storica nella letteratura poliziesca.
Nasce in quell’anno il più celebre detective di tutti i tempi: Sherlock Holmes. Anche se Uno studio in rosso, il primo romanzo della serie, passò praticamente inosservato, qualche anno dopo però Il segno dei Quattro fu accolto con un favore di pubblico tale da rimanere celebre nella storia letteraria. Per quarant’anni Doyle continuò a inventare storie sul celebre detective e sul suo inseparabile aiutante, amico e voce narrante, il dottor Watson, creando un modello destinato a esercitare un’influenza decisiva su tutta la letteratura poliziesca. Da Uno studio in rosso a Il segno dei Quattro, dal ben noto Mastino dei Baskerville a La Valle della Paura, a Le avventure di Sherlock Holmes, l’investigatore si confronta con un caleidoscopio di casi sempre più complessi ricorrendo spesso al suo stratagemma preferito: travestirsi, da prete, da marinaio o da mendicante. Nell’ultima avventura delle Memorie di Sherlock Holmes, Doyle, ormai stanco del personaggio, ne decreterà la morte facendolo precipitare in un abisso. Sarà poi costretto dalle proteste del pubblico a farlo resuscitare: eccolo in gran forma nel Ritorno di Sherlock Holmes. L’ultimo saluto raccoglie quattro straordinarie storie dell’investigatore, ancora agile e lucido nonostante gli anni. Nel Taccuino di Sherlock Holmes, l’insuperabile detective si aggira tra maggiordomi, tappeti persiani e preziosi servizi da tè: ritrova tesori, chiarisce misteri, salva onori minacciati da gravissime onte.

Arthur Conan Doyle
nacque a Edimburgo nel 1859. Benché il suo nome rimanga indissolubilmente legato a quello di Sherlock Holmes, lo scrittore ebbe anche altri interessi, tra cui la storia, il giornalismo e soprattutto lo spiritismo. Nel 1903 venne insignito del titolo di baronetto. Morì nel 1930. La Newton Compton ha pubblicato Le avventure di Sherlock Holmes e Il ritorno di Sherlock Holmes nella collana GTE e il volume unico Tutto Sherlock Holmes.
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Tutto Sherlock Holmes
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Arthur Conan Doyle

Arthur Conan Doyle (1859–1930) practiced medicine in the resort town of Southsea, England, and wrote stories while waiting for his patients to arrive. In 1886, he created two of the greatest fictional characters of all time: the detective Sherlock Holmes and his partner, Dr. Watson. Over the course of four novels and fifty-six short stories, Conan Doyle set a standard for crime fiction that has yet to be surpassed.

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  • Valutazione: 3 su 5 stelle
    Much more readable than I expected! The time period evokes Dickens, but the writing is so not Dickens.

    The inconsistencies bugged me: Watson marries, then suddenly moves back with Holmes, moves out again, but no mention is ever made of his wife afterwards. Each set of stories engages a convenient spy/source for Holmes, but the gang or street kids in the first is my favourite.
    Sometimes Holmes is just around when a mystery sorts itself out, sometimes he just noses into the right room or question, sometimes he gets shit lucky, sometimes he figures it out.

    As short stories, they work -- read one or two an evening and you're good. Doyle obviously had a fascination with America and its wildness, as the landscape and dark characters factor in occasionally. Women are spineless and ridiculous, except for Irene Adler. I wish she had been recurring.

    At least I can finally say I've read Sherlock Holmes. (But I don't advise this edition: for the page count it gives me, I'm not done justice! 8pt font, 8x11 size pages! It's like reading the Bible cover to cover.
  • Valutazione: 4 su 5 stelle
    Sherlock Holmes started out as Doyle's steady-money potboilers, a series of stories ground out in exchange for a paycheck. But they caught the public imagination, and Holmes' fame grew until he became the best-known fictional detective out there. Countless remakes, pastiches, parodies, and retellings later, Holmes has finally made it into a rather unique position: he is currently featured as an action hero in several TV shows and quite a few movies, and yet on the polar opposite of the snobbery spectrum, he is Literature--I even took a college course where he was included on the syllabus. With all of the revamps and remakes and recharacterizations, it's easy to forget about the original character. With all of the analysis and study of symbolism and historiography, it's easy to forget what Sherlock Holmes is really all about: a set of rattling good yarns.

    Whatever your literary polarity, Sherlock Holmes is a worthwhile read. The stories themselves are fun and the writing style is surprisingly contemporary for the time period: lots of snappy and often hilarious dialogue, a humorous first person narrator, and quite a lot of action. I haven't seen--and have no intention of seeing--the various remakes of Holmes, but I'm not convinced they captured the characters. Watson also always seems to lose out in the remakes--in the books, he is a bit stolid, but certainly not a buffoon. Holmes's complex and quirky personality is perhaps one of the reasons that his stories captured the public imagination. He is not a lovelorn superhero; rather, he is a somewhat sociopathic, drug-addicted, lonely misanthrope. At the same time, he is very different from the cold and uptight Brett from the old movies--he has a completely wacky sense of humour, an obsession with disguise, and a tendency to jump into action, his trusty revolver at the ready. His personality is rather static--possibly one reason why Doyle tried so hard to make that drop off Reichenbach Falls fatal. I believe that he is the prototype for a massive collection of later detectives from Alleyn to Poirot to Qwilleran in which the detective acts as the single fixed frame for an everchanging cast of characters.

    Plotwise, the stories may not be brilliant, but they are a lot of fun. They also precede the times when detective stories necessarily required a murder--almost all of the stories function without dead-body-driven action. Holmes' adventures range from a mysteriously disappearing league apparently set up to benefit redheads to a treasure hunt for a hidden chamber to a run-in with the KKK to frolics with supernaturally glowing hounds.

    If you're reading for fun, I suggest The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, a set of some of the earlier short stories. Holmes' adventures technically begin with the novel, A Study in Scarlet, but I think Holmes functions better in his short stories--more wackiness and variety. Adventures also contains the famous run-in with Irene Adler. If you're searching for Moriarty--who, by the way, is only even mentioned in a handful of stories--then he's in Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes, which also contains the story "Silver Blaze," where Holmes utters his famous line about the curious incident of the dog in the night-time. (But the dog did nothing in the night-time! Yes, that was the curious incident.) If you're reading for historical analysis, take a look at The Valley of Fear, which is nominally a Holmes story, but is really about violent secret societies in the US--interesting from a historiographical perspective.

    So if you are interested in the history of mystery, or you're a fan of one of the various Sherlock enterprises, from the new show to House, take a look at the original. You'll enjoy it.
  • Valutazione: 5 su 5 stelle
    Although some of these tales may be more appealing than others, there is much to enjoy in this audio version of the complete Sherlock Holmes. Whether or not you are a Holmes fan, this collection should not be missed. The extraordinary performance of Simon Vance only adds to its pleasure.
  • Valutazione: 2 su 5 stelle
    There are a two reasons this took me 2.5 years to read. One is that it is nine books bundled - four novels and five collections, though I only get "credit" for one.The other is that Doyle waned tedious so much! Oh My Flying Spaghetti Monster! The repetition was aggravating; the hat/rabbit pulling of unknown to the reader "clues" maddening; the plodding narratives numbing.For me, Holmes is the rare case (accidental pun not intended) of interpretations being orders of magnitude better than the book(s). Even Guy Ritchie's pugilistic Homes in lieu of intellect is better than Doyle's.This is my assessment. Fans can and will cry foul all they want.I'll sum this complete collection in one word: soporific.
  • Valutazione: 4 su 5 stelle
    This is not quite the same version - I got the 1.99 version on my Nook.

    Just started this. The first story introduces us to Watson, who is trying to find suitable apartments to rent. A friend of his mentions a rather odd if pleasant gentleman who is looking for a roommate for an apartment he just found...

    Great so far! Love that Holmes disses other literary detectives.

    12-24 Still loving this. More than halfway done with the 1,700 some pages. I'll really miss it when I'm done.

    I have not quite gotten through the last of these... but I'm marking it as "read" because I've simply gone through way more than half of these numerous stories. Definitely fodder for a re-read sometime.
  • Valutazione: 4 su 5 stelle
    This is a massive omnibus so I will be reviewing the bits as I finish them. (I have read one or two of the short story collections before - everything else should be fairly new.)

    A Study in Scarlet:

    I knew the bones of the mystery already - it's been riffed on so many times it's impossible not to. But I was struck by first, how charming the introduction of Our Heroes is, and secondly how wacky the random Western stuck in the middle seemed. I would have found it more charming if I had any patience right now for sinister Mormons and the caricatured portrayals thereof.

    The Sign of the Four:

    Similarly, this mystery is centered around discovering what happened in far-off exotic places that came home to roost. It feels more slight than A Study in Scarlet and there's a degree of period-standard racism than makes me flinch, but Watson and Holmes remain entertaining.

    The Hound of the Baskervilles:

    A pure English countryside mystery. Holmes is really kind of a dick to Watson, but one can't argue too much with success, and of course Watson doesn't. Definitely one of those where the reader really can't jump ahead too much, because the solution is dependent on clues we just don't get until the end. I don't mind that too much, but I know it infuriates some people.

    The Valley of Fear:

    Again a local mystery bracketed around an Exciting Adventure in Foreign Parts. I find this device baffling, although the interstitial story was much better than the previous two examples. Introduces Moriarty in a distant sort of way.

    The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes:

    The short stories begin! This and the following volume I had read previously. I can definitely see why Holmes and Watson are such resilient characters - their relationship is delightful. The actual stories are pleasantly short, and I was satisfied that while I couldn't actually solve the mystery most of the time (the reader doesn't get enough info) I could usually see the shape of it, which made me anticipate the reveal more than I would have otherwise.

    The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes:

    Just as entertaining as the Adventures. The Final Problem was one I'd heard so much about that it seemed like I must have read it, but it was nice to actually do so. The stories don't stick in my head much - they're fairly slight - but fun and worth the read.

    His Last Bow:

    A few interesting variations - a story written in the third person, one written from Holmes' perspective - but otherwise more of the same.

    The Casebook of Sherlock Holmes:

    The joy does seem to have gone out by this point. Fairly rote, although reading for homoeroticism remains a delight.

    Incidental note: This is a huge cheap edition that I picked up for a song. Wouldn't recommend it - heavy, unwieldy, and unlovely.
  • Valutazione: 2 su 5 stelle

    I would have left Sherlock Holmes on better grounds if I had read a selected collections book instead of the entirety of the works. There are some great concoctions in here, but I think, in this case, the inspirations that followed are much better realizations than, sadly, the original.
  • Valutazione: 5 su 5 stelle
    The novels and short stories are of somewhat uneven quality but, come on, there's a reason why Doyle was forced by the reading public to resurrect Holmes from death...it's a lot of fun!