For me it was less about new vocabulary words and more about the ekavian spellings. I actually felt a huge progress after about a hundred or earlier but that applied to easier languages for me. You have basically mastered an obscure and studima language Please enter your sutdija. Citations are based on reference standards.
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Shelves: classics , easton-press , s , crime , mystery , classics-european , detectives Tsk, Tsk, Tsk How many writers would have the chutzpah to risk tarnishing the mystique of their signature creation by depicting him shooting cocaine as a cure for boredom?
Sherlock Holmes took his bottle from the corner of the mantelpiece and his hypodermic syringe from its neat morocco case. With his long, white, nervous fingers he adjusted Tsk, Tsk, Tsk With his long, white, nervous fingers he adjusted the delicate needle, and rolled back his left shirt-cuff.
For some little time his eyes rested thoughtfully upon the sinewy forearm and wrist all dotted and scarred with innumerable puncture-marks. Finally, he thrust the sharp point home, pressed down the tiny piston, and sank back into the velvet-lined arm-chair with a long sigh of satisfaction. Now that is what I call an opening paragraph. Well played, Mr.
If it were not for his unparalleled gifts for observation and deduction, there would be nothing to recommend him as a person. And that is precisely what makes him so interesting and so much fun to read about.
He comes across as more anti-hero than hero, despite the fact that he is not generally classified as such. I would argue that he certainly fits under that label, especially now that we can add junkie to his list of flaws.
Incidentally, suddenly casting Robert Downey, Jr. Mary calls on Holmes and entices him out of his melancholy with the promise of a challenging mystery involving the strange disappearance of her father many years before. Brightened by the prospect of being able to employ his prodigious mental faculties, Holmes accepts What ensues is a complex, multi-layered plot that, while not my favorite of the Holmes mysteries, was solid enough to keep my interest.
Starting with nothing but a few flimsy clues, a letter from an anonymous benefactor, and a story with large chunks in it, Holmes proceeds to works his usual magic and mesmerizes all concerned with a dazzling display of crime-solving. Of course. Along the way, Doyle weaves into the narrative an eclectic assortment of supporting players for Holmes and Watson encounter, including: a wooden-legged villain, a killer with baby feet, a group of criminal with a secret pact, a pair of corrupt prison guards, the Baker Street Irregulars, aboriginal tribesmen with bad attitudes, and a whole host of dead bodies.
Overall, a solid Holmes mystery with some classic moments of Sherlockian lore, including the first utterance of the famous truism, "when you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth.
The main reason for this is simply that I found the mysteries in the former books more appealing. Still, there is a lot to like here and Holmes manages to to unload quite a few notable quotables. He smiled gently. A client is to me a mere unit, a factor in a problem. The emotional qualities are antagonistic to clear reasoning. I assure you that the most winning woman I ever knew was hanged for poisoning three little children for their insurance-money, and the most repellant man of my acquaintance is a philanthropist who has spent nearly a quarter of a million upon the London poor.
In my opinion, it could not have been written better and I almost bumped the whole novel up to 4 stars based on it alone.
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