Friday, March 20, 2009

Sherlock Holmes Was Wrong

Sherlock Holmes Was Wrong: Reopening the Case of the Hound of the Baskervilles
Pierre Bayard
Bloomsbury USA

Author and psychoanalyst Pierre Bayard makes a compelling case that everything we know about Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's classic Sherlock Holmes adventure "The Hound of the Baskervilles" is wrong. Thanks to Bayard's method of "detective criticism," the nature of the crime, the identity of the killer, even the method of the murder are all discussed, dissected, and dismissed, before the author gets to the business of what REALLY happened.

Most surprising of all is how obvious it all seems in retrospect: As the reader sifts through the evidences, it is hard to disagree with Bayard that the most famous detective in literature -- and his creator, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle -- allowed the real villain to get away with murder.

Sherlock Holmes Was Wrong: Reopening the Case of the Hound of the Baskervilles combines the thrill of a good mystery story with the intellectual challenge of literary criticism. Intriguing reading for any Holmes fan!
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