Thursday, October 14, 2010

Listened to: "Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, Volume 2" by Arthur Conan Doyle

Listened to: The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, Volume 2 by Arthur Conan Doyle, 9781934997345, 2000 (CSA Telltapes).

I have never read all the Holmes stories, at least I don't remember doing so. There is a double volume at of the stories at home but I have not cracked it. I had only read or seen dramas of two of these tales.

1. Doyle's stories stand up dang well after 120+ years. I occasionally read older novels and short stories of the same vintage and the writing and language have not aged well. Doyle's work is easy to follow and enjoy. I could look up all sorts of historical information on how Doyle's work was reviewed and appreciated on a literary level in ~1900 but I will not bother.
2. Narrated by Edward Harwicke who play Watson in the Jeremy Brett program. Brett sure was fantastic as Holmes. Absolutely fantastic. While listening to this I was picturing and hearing Brett as Holmes. I did not know Harwicke did the narration until just now when I read the CD case.
3. Sherlock's brother Mycroft appears in The Adventure of the Greek Interpreter. I thought Mycroft was only mentioned in the Doyle stories and was a mostly unknown character. I know there are post-Doyle novels featuring Mycroft as the lead.
4. The stories were all originally serialized or printed in magazines. Right? So, presumably, any publisher could bound them up in whatever order they desired. Has the copyright to the tales lapsed? Again, I won't bother to look it up.
5. The stories were: Sussex Vampire, Creeping Man, Speckled Band, Crooked Man, Greek Interpreter, Naval Treaty.
6. Views on class. The stories all feature Holmes's clientele upper class or professional clientele. I suppose rich people doing bad things is always popular. But, the lower classes never come off that well. Workmen and servants are a bit dull and slow witted.

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