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نشانه‌‌ چهار (Sherlock Holmes #2)

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The Sign of the Four (1890), also called The Sign of Four, is the second novel featuring Sherlock Holmes written by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Doyle wrote four novels and 56 stories starring the fictional detective. The story is set in 1888. The Sign of the Four has a complex plot involving service in East India Company, India, the Indian Rebellion of 1857, a stolen treasure, ...more
Paperback, 164 pages
Published 2000 by نشر هرمس (first published 1890)
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Tsk, Tsk, Tsk...apparently that’s NOT tobacco Sherlock Holmes is smoking.
You have to love the daring Sir Arthur displayed in this novel vis-à-vis his iconic detective. 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

September buddy-read with The Non-Crunchy Classics Funky Bunch.

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Sex, Marry, Kill...

For some reason when reading THE SIGN OF FOUR- that fun- little, messed up game- kept popping into my head.

Maybe...partly...because this is the book that Watson falls in loooooove...and partly because a lot of my fellow buddy readers felt like Holmes was a complete a-hole in this installment of the series.

It made me think- what exactly I swooned about regarding- Mr. Holmes since my youth? Would he real
Sep 01, 2015 Jeff rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If you got bad news
You want to kick them blues
When your day is done and you got to run
If your thing is gone and you want to ride on
Don't forget this fact
You can't get back

Remind me again what you’re singing about, J.J. Cale?

Doyle doesn’t waste any time in introducing Holmes cocaine addiction. Something about keeping the grey matter active when he’s got nothing better to do than be annoying.

“Hey Sherlock, the first step is to admit you have a problem.”

“Hi, I’m Sher
Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽
“How often have I said to you that when you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth?”


I initially went 3.5 stars and rounded up to four, but only a week later, after reading The Hound of the Baskervilles, I could barely remember what this one was about. It's mostly pleasant but forgettable.

In Sherlock Holmes' second outing with Dr. Watson, Sherlock explains that he needs to shoot up cocaine and morphine to add spice to his life (apparently these we
Aug 25, 2015 Anne rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Hardcore fans of Sherly
Oh, Holmes!
I still love you, but this was...not your best book, buddy.


Hmm. Ok, now I remember why I never really read the full-length Sherlock stories very much, and usually preferred to stick with the shorties.
This was kinda...*cough* dull. And really hard to get through. Plus, (and I know it was written in a different era) it was pretty cringe-worthy when dealing with race. Yep. Pretty much anyone who wasn't white was a snarling savage or a faithful servant.
So, yeah. Not very entertaining to
"My mind," he said, "rebels at stagnation. Give me problems, give me work, give me the most abstruse cryptogram, or the most intricate analysis, and I am in my own proper atmosphere. I can dispense then with artificial stimulants. But I abhor the daily routine of existence. I crave for mental exaltation. That is why I have chosen my own particular profession, or rather created it. I am the only one in the world."

The second Sherlock Holmes book opens and closes with cocaine.

For some little time h
Dan Schwent
Aug 25, 2015 Dan Schwent rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015
Sherlock Holmes sets aside his cocaine addiction for a case. A young woman has been receiving pearls in the mail once a year for four years and now has a chance to meet her mysterious benefactor. Can Holmes and Watson figure out what's really going on without being ensnared in a web of deceit and murder?

I read this with those scamps in the Non-crunchy Cool Classics group.

So, Sherlock Holmes. For years, Holmes has been akin to H.P. Lovecraft for me in that I'm a much bigger fan of the works they
Despite being a huge crime/mystery reader, I’ve never been a big fan of the Sherlock Holmes stories. After recently reading A Study in Scarlet and now The Sign of Four, I realize that it’s not me to blame. It’s Holmes. He’s just too much of an obnoxious show-off for me to like. Add in some Victorian-era English arrogance, and I feel like flipping off any Holmes novel I see on the shelf when browsing a mystery section in a bookstore.

Holmes and his full-time professional kiss-ass Watson get hired
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Book two, Sherlock adds cocaine addiction to his list of proclivities. It seems the cases are few and far between, and his mind rebels at stagnation. He abhors the dull routine of day to day living, and requires some sort of mental stimulation. Dr. Watson, while highly annoyed, is still much too reserved to ever dare to take liberties. Watson tries to engage Holmes with a discussion of the pamphlet he’s written about their first case, “A Study in Scarlet.” But Holmes promptly dismisses it,
Aug 08, 2011 Keith rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Probably the best part of this book is that it begins and ends with Holmes shooting up cocaine because he's bored. I mean, that's just so damn dark, especially when A Study in Scarlet wasn't very dark at all.

Probably the worst part is struggling through all the rampant racism, which isn't nearly as funny as the rampant anti-Mormonism was in aSiS. The peg-leg jewel thief Jonathan Small (awesome) is assisted by a cannibal pygmy named Tonga (also awesome, but also horribly awful). I had to put it d
Karly *The Vampire Ninja, Luminescent Monster & Wendigo Nerd Goddess of Canada (according to The Hulk)*
2.5 Why Did This Take Me Three Months To Read?? Stars

Verdict: IT CRUNCHES! It crunches sooooooo bad!!

It almost never bodes well when a book that is this short takes me this long to read (The one exception is Donna Tartt’s Secret History which took me half a lifetime over a year to finish). And while I can’t say I dislike Doyle’s writing overall this short novel does basically nothing for me.

Incidentally, the instalove is STRONG with this one! Watson falls madly, deeply, entirely in love with Ma
K.D. Absolutely
Dec 30, 2011 K.D. Absolutely rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to K.D. by: Kristel
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Well alrighty then. Sherlock and Watson on the case again! I didn't really think that this case was all that interesting. I had hoped, in the beginning, that it would be a missing person case, but it quickly turned into a jewel heist case, and a pretty boring one at that. AND SO WORDY!

I do like Sherlock himself, condescending though he may be at times, and Watson... but then Watson had to go and ruin it by instaloving the first girl who talks to him. *sigh*

Anyway, I do want to continue this se
Shayantani Das
My second Sherlock Holmes and I have to say, I am not really impressed.

The basic storyline goes like this: Sherlock has developed an addiction for cocaine; Watson is trying to cheer him up, up comes a mystery and everyone’s happy. Along with mystery comes lady; lady and Watson go gooey eyed; there is a treasure and there is a murder; there is disparaging remarks about pre independent India by the Brits; murderer is caught, mystery is solved; Watson gets hitched and Holmes gets back to cocaine.

_The Sign of the Four_ isn't a bad mystery, but I didn't quite like it as much as _A Study in Scarlet_ or most of the stories in _The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes_. I'm starting to think, however, that these stories aren't always of interest because of the mystery itself (though sometimes they certainly are), but more because of the revelations they disclose about the character of Sherlock Holmes himself. Did you know that he had fought a prize fighter and won? I didn't before, but now I do. We ...more
Ahmad Sharabiani
The Sign of Four (Sherlock Holmes #2), Arthur Conan Doyle
عنوان: نشانه چهار؛ نویسنده: آرتور کانن دویل؛ مترجم: مژده دقیقی؛ تهران، شهر کتاب هرمس ( کارآگاه )؛ 1378؛ در سیزده و 164 ص؛ شابک: 9646641857؛ چاپ دوم 1385؛ چاپ چهارم 1391؛ شابک: 9789646641853؛ چاپ پنجم 1392؛
داستان « نشانه چهار » همراه با داستان دره وحشت؛ در 434 ص از همین مترجم در همین انتشارانی در سال 1388 با شابک 9789643636197 نیز چاپ شده است
گراهام گرین گفته: دهساله بودم که نشانه چهار را خواندم، آن شب تاریک در سرای پاندیچری در نوروود، هرگز
Jul 13, 2016 Connie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Mary Morstan has been receiving large pearls in the mail from an unknown source since her father's death. She contacts Sherlock Holmes and Dr Watson after she receives a letter to meet with an anonymous person to right an injustice done to her. An unusual man, Thaddeus Sholto, tells the trio that Mary is one of the heirs to a treasure. As they go to meet with a Sholto family member, they come upon a murder victim in a locked room.

The plot is complex with elements of the crook's confession going
September Buddy Read of the non-crunchy variety.

I listened to this as an audiobook from Bauer Audio (it's on Spotify).

The internet tells me that The Sign of Four contains 43,176 words. My pasting of the last chapter into a word counter tells me that it is 10,000 words by itself. The Sign of Four should be 33,000 words.

Like the previous book, there is an insane amount of backstory that does not involve any characters we care about. This book just tries to hide it by making a single chapter take u
Sep 01, 2015 Licha rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classics, buddy-read
1.5 stars. I feel if I give this 2 stars I'd be lying to myself. I did not enjoy this book from the beginning. I tried keeping an open mind but try as I might, this was torture to finish. I found Sherlock to be a know it all, and not very likable. Every answer came too easily to him and frankly the mystery here was not interesting at all. I did like Watson, but felt like he looked too much to Sherlock for all the answers.

The Penguin's Classics edition I had (pictured) had very interesting end no
To be honest, I feel kind of guilty to have enjoyed "The Sign of Four". During the first half of it, the novel was not nearly as good as "A Study in Scarlet", but then everything twisted and turned and tampered and I was basically so hooked I couldn't take this story down.

One advantage of Arthur Conan Doyle's writing in this novel has certainly been his decision not to include a random plot switch like he did in "A Study in Scarlet". The mystery's solution was actually told through John Watson's
Ginger *Protégée extraordinaire and Kool-Aid mixer*
This is going to be a very short 'review'. I always feel so inadequate 'reviewing' classics. (Apparently I have some sort of reviewer inferiority complex. Good thing I just do this for funzies.)

Watson has always been my favorite character. *cough*JudeLaw*cough*

I quite enjoyed his school boy hard crush on the sweet Mary,
Holmes nails it and the back story killed me again.

I am not sure what it is about Doyle's back stories but I do not enjoy them. I am normally one that enjoys getting deeper into t
The Sign of Four (1890) was the second volume in the Sherlock Holmes series, written by Arthur Conan Doyle three years after the first. So, one could not say that the demand for a sequel was overwhelming. Curiously enough, at the evening party the offer to publish such a sequel was made to Conan Doyle, the same magazine editor made an offer to Oscar Wilde for The Picture of Dorian Gray . That must have been a fairly interesting periodical.

The Sign of Four opens with the revelation that Holm
Dec 30, 2009 Kelly rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: all Holmes fans, esp anyone with a soft spot for Watson
If you know me, you know what a sucker I am for any book that lets me feel like a character in a gothic novel just by listening to it. This particular book is awesome at that- even whilst I was walking in the ridiculous bitter cold to work listening to this, I could see the crackle of the fireplace and the smoke of the pipe, imagine myself looking out into a dark alley and shivering at the shadows illuminated by the flames. Atmospheric A+ for both ACD (okay now I really want him to have another ...more
The main reason I read this book is -


I have always been a huge fan of Sherlock Holmes and have read most of his works (unfortunately abridged versions during my school) but it is my latest addiction to BBC's 'Sherlock' that has made me want to pick this book up. Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman are so perfect as Sherlock and Watson. Anyways, this is supposed to be a book review and not how awesome Sherlock is.

I enjoyed this book more than the previous 'A Study in Scarlet' as there was no
Nabila Tabassum Chowdhury
'দয সাইন অব ফোর' থেকে তিনখানা তারা কেটে নিলাম কারণ এখানে 'দয সাইন অব থরি ইনটলারেবল '-isms' রয়েছে।

নামবার ওয়ান, সেকসিজম। শারলকের ভাষযেঃ

"I would not tell them too much," said Holmes. "Women are never to be entirely trusted,—not the best of them."

আমি মোটেও নারীদের মাঝে সেরা নই, এমনকি ধারে কাছেও নেই। আমি খোলামনের মানুষ, অযাচিত গোপনীয়তা আমার পরিয় বসতু নয়। তবুও কোন তথয কখন চেপে রাখতে হবে, কোন তথয চেপে না রাখালে কষতির সমভাবনা আছে, কোন তথয পারিপারশবিক বযালেনস ধরে রাখে সেটা আমি পরিষকারভাবে শিশুকাল থেকেই
This was the second novel featuring the great detective Sherlock Holmes. The plot is complex, involving a secret treasure, a one-legged man, the disappearance of Captain Morstan, whose daughter, Mary, asks Sherlock for help, and a strange note that read, "The Sign of Four."

The sections I enjoyed the most were the conversations between Sherlock and Dr. Watson, and Watson's romance with Miss Morstan. This is also the novel that introduces Sherlock's drug habit, which is amusing. And there is a th
Luís C.
Among the four novels of the bush forming the saga of Sherlock Holmes, the sign of the four is the most exciting, no doubt. Indeed, Conan Doyle abandoned by the usual slow, but not unpleasant (and alas, perhaps so deep) to better get to the heart of the mystery.

The legendary duo here must resolve a story set over several generations, between treasure hunt and bitterness of war from India, in Victorian London. This is partly thanks to this background context that the Sign of Four embodies a whole
Nandakishore Varma
Sep 23, 2011 Nandakishore Varma rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
I remember enjoying this the first time I read it: so I am letting the four stars stay.

As a mystery it is fast-paced and exciting, but it is a racist piece of trash all the same, which paints an orientalist portrait of India, and that too with major bloomers. I mean, can you imagine Sikhs with names like Mohammed Singh and Dost Akbar?

So this is a rare case where the star rating does not match the review.
Kristin ❋extols death with luminescent brilliance❋
September buddy-read with the non-crunchies

I'm really going to have to re-read #3 as if it is anything like these first two, I must have been smoking crank along with Holmes when I read it the first time. I mean, what in the hell?! Boring and tedious. Amazing that it has become so compelling over the years.
Sophie Narey (Bookreview- aholic)
Dec 17, 2014 Sophie Narey (Bookreview- aholic) rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of murder mystery
Shelves: books-i-own
Published: 1/10/2001 (first published 1890)
Author: Arthur Conan Doyle

ahh i love a good Sherlock Holmes book and this one does not disappoint. Expertly written by the brilliant Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, we get transported into the world of Sherlock Holmes, the way it is written makes you feel like you are there with the characters. I thought I had worked out who has done it....until the end when I realised how wrong I had been. An amazing book for fans of who done it books!
Some of the amazing cha
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Arthur Conan Doyle was born the third of ten siblings on 22 May 1859 in Edinburgh, Scotland. His father, Charles Altamont Doyle, was born in England of Irish descent, and his mother, born Mary Foley, was Irish. They were married in 1855.

Although he is now referred to as "Conan Doyle", the origin of this compound surname (if that is how he meant it to be understood) is uncertain. His baptism record
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Other Books in the Series

Sherlock Holmes (1 - 10 of 13 books)
  • A Study in Scarlet (Sherlock Holmes, #1)
  • The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (Sherlock Holmes, #3)
  • The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes (Sherlock Holmes, #4)
  • The Hound of the Baskervilles (Sherlock Holmes, #5)
  • The Return of Sherlock Holmes (Sherlock Holmes, #6)
  • The Valley of Fear (Sherlock Holmes, #7)
  • His Last Bow: 8 Stories (Sherlock Holmes, #8)
  • The Case-Book of Sherlock Holmes (Sherlock Holmes, #9)
  • Sherlock Holmes: El sabueso de los Baskerville; Reaparece Sherlock Holmes; Sherlock Holmes no ha muerto (Sherlock Holmes, #5, 6)
  • Sherlock Holmes: Estudio en escarlata; Sherlock Holmes sigue en pie; El archivo de Sherlock Holmes (Sherlock Holmes, #1, 9)

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“My mind," he said, "rebels at stagnation. Give me problems, give me work, give me the most abstruse cryptogram or the most intricate analysis, and I am in my own proper atmosphere. I can dispense then with artificial stimulants. But I abhor the dull routine of existence. I crave for mental exaltation. That is why I have chosen my own particular profession, or rather created it, for I am the only one in the world.” 575 likes
“How often have I said to you that when you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth?” 233 likes
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