Rating: 3 stars
It’s been a while since I last posted a book review as I’ve been busy with work. I recently took a break from reading YA Fantasy and reading good old authors. To say that I’m disappointed with YA would be an understatement.
“To begin at the beginning.”
It’s in the initial novel where characters Sherlock Holmes and Dr John Watson were introduced to readers in their first case together within which they investigate a murder of a man found in an abandoned house. A study in scarlet begins with Dr John Watson locating in London to recover from a wound and illness he sustained whereas operating as a military doctor during the Second Afghan War. While at a bar he runs into an old acquaintance, Stamford. Watson confides he isn’t able to afford a decent apartment on his scarce pension and needs a new arrangement. Stamford takes Watson to the university laboratory where Sherlock Holmes was working on an experiment who works as a ‘consultant detective’, the first and only in the world. His assistance is required if not crucial for solving crimes in London.
The second half begins with a vivid description of the wild and isolated American desert. The two travellers John Ferrier and his adopted daughter Lucy who struggles to survive after the deaths of their companions were rescued by The Latter Day Saints, a colossal caravan, on their exodus. Their leader Brigham Young allowed him and Lucy to travel with them once he agreed to convert. The caravan then continued to Utah.
I read all the Sherlock Holmes short stories last year and I loved Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s writing and decided to read the novels.
“It’s quite exciting,” said Sherlock Holmes, with a yawn.”
This is precisely how I felt while I read it. Holmes was able to solve the case with astonishing speed attributable to his uncanny deduction skills. The first half of the novel was great and I loved Sherlock Holmes and John Watson as characters. However, as the story proceeded, it utterly changes its course and begins the introduction of the murderer’s backstory and motives involving Mormons, polygamy, violence and Brigham Young about which I failed to care at all. The part where the culprit explained his background and reasons to commit murders, could’ve been less intricate.
I also watched the popular TV series, Sherlock, a few days back and I didn’t enjoy it a bit. I hated it. the best thing about Sherlock homes is that it was set in a Victorian era. I felt all the stories were twisted and mixed along to create a dramatic effect. The modern uptake on Sir Doyle’s work was comprehensive, however, all episodes had a below average plot. All episodes were extended to the point of boredom except for one or two instances. However, the acting, the direction along with the background score, was in all probability one among the strongest points of the series. Benedict Cumberbatch delivers superbly the air of superiority about Sherlock and Martin Freeman as John Watson plays an ideal counterpart to Sherlock’s unconventional disposition. I’m convinced it’s solely popular because of the lead actors within the series. I, however, enjoyed the movies and I can’t wait for the third movie to be released.
“They say that genius is an infinite capacity for taking pains,” he remarked with a smile. “It’s a very bad definition, but it does apply to detective work.”
Let me know your thoughts in the comments below, whether you would’ve watched the show if not for Benedict Cumberbatch sir.
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